A Community Asks for Change: CTA Hearings #11 Lincoln Bus

Nov. 17 was a cold, windy Chicago night, when everyone would have loved to stay in their warm homes or apartments. Yet over 100 Chicagoans — old, young, strong, infirm — came out for a cause they believe to be not just important, but essential.

That cause is the return of the #11 Lincoln Bus from Lawrence to Fullerton.

These folks weren’t alone. They were joined by Alderman Ameya Pawar, State Rep. Greg Harris, and several area Chambers of Commerce, representing hundreds of businesses.

The room was full of people hoping for a chance to speak to the CTA Board during one of its open meetings, during which people could discuss the impact that the removal of the middle of the #11 Lincoln Bus route has had on the thousands of people who rode the bus and the businesses along Lincoln Avenue.

Although the route was decimated two years ago, people are still protesting the cut. While listening to the stories that these brave, determined folks told the “powers that be,” I was once again reminded of the famous depiction of Chicago as the “City of Big Shoulders.”

How strong our community members are! We remain steadfast, even in the cold face of reality. We don’t stand alone. We are a community of caring, strong individuals who come together to continue to fight for what we believe in.

What’s happening next? We’ll keep you posted!

Plus: View results of the #11 Bus Survey Report [pdf]


Forward Chicago, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, envisions our neighborhoods as model communities for people of all ages, where residents can age in place while remaining active, engaged and influential.

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