Get Ready to Ride: The #11 Lincoln Bus is Coming Back

The CTA31 / CTA11 Crosstown Bus Coalition at a CTA board meeting this year / Photo: Alderman Ameya Pawar on Facebook

The CTA31 / CTA11 Crosstown Bus Coalition at a CTA board meeting this year / Photo: Alderman Ameya Pawar, Facebook

Good things come to those who work for change — the #11 bus is making a comeback!

The Crosstown Bus Coalition successfully advocated for the return of both the #11 bus, which runs on Lincoln Avenue between Western and Fullerton, and the #31 bus, which runs along 31st Street on the South Side.

This DNAInfo story by Patty Wetli covers the CTA announcement and the work of community activists — a true example of grassroots advocacy helping to ensure a community for all ages.

North Siders affected by the 2012 cuts to the #11 bus route partnered with South Siders who had been fighting for the return of the 31st Street bus since 1997. People wrote letters, signed petitions and sent emails telling their stories about why these crucial bus lines were needed by young and old alike. Every month, community members attended and spoke at CTA Board meetings. Forward Chicago President Karen Kolb Flude spoke passionately about why people of all ages need the #11 bus – to get to school, visit friends, see their doctors, shop and to stay connected.

Every month, community members attended and spoke at CTA Board meetings. Forward Chicago President Karen Kolb Flude spoke passionately about why people of all ages need the #11 bus – to get to school, visit friends, see their doctors, shop and to stay connected.

The bus routes will be reinstated in the spring, but for now it’s only a pilot project.

“They believe there is tremendous demand,” said CTA President Dorval Carter, referring to supporters. “What I’m really doing is saying, ‘Let’s see if that’s true.’ The community continued to make the case. Let them prove it.”

Ridership targets will be pegged to the pilot, but the targets have yet to be determined, according to DNAInfo.

Thank you to those who worked tirelessly for this critical community asset, including Alderman Ameya Pawar, Dara Salk, Liza Martin, and the entire Crosstown Bus Coalition. Forward Chicago was honored to participate with this group – thanks to all our members for their stories and time.

If you have a moment, send a thank-you note to the CTA!

About FWDCHI

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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