31st Street bus line re-launches after nearly two decades
Ald. Thompson hails six-month pilot service as “big win for the community”
CHICAGO (September 7, 2016)–Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11) and other local leaders celebrated the re-launch of the Chicago Transit Authority’s #31 31st Street bus line after nearly two decades on Tuesday.
The #31 service will operate Monday through Friday from 10AM-7PM as part of a six-month pilot between the Ashland Orange Line station and Lake Meadows Shopping Center at 33rd Street and King Drive.
The #31 will also deliver riders to the Sox-35th Red Line and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line stops.
“This is a big win for the community,” said Ald. Thompson. “We’ve worked closely with concerned citizens in our neighborhoods and the CTA leadership to renew this vital service, which will infuse new energy into the 31st Street corridor and help our neighbors get around with ease.”
Ald. Thompson was joined by State Rep. Sonya Harper (6th District), Democratic nominee for 2nd District State Rep. Theresa Mah, State Sen. Tony Muñoz (1st District), State Sen. Mattie Hunter (3rd District), and CTA board members Kevin Irvine and Ashish Sen at the launch event.
Mah hailed the launch as “a great day.”
“It is a sign of recognition of changing demographics of the neighborhood as well as the power of community organizing, the fact that working together we can accomplish something so amazing and this bodes really well for the future of this community,” said Mah.
Community organizations including Bridgeport Alliance, the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community and the Crosstown Bus Coalition also joined in celebrating the launch. Those organizations have fought along with local leaders to reinstate the 31.
“It turns out that the persistence of grass roots organizing and a collaboration across communities, across racial and economic lines, across ethnic lines, actually does pay off sometimes,” said Tom Gaulke of Bridgeport Alliance regarding the community victory.
Ald. Thompson said the CTA has indicated there will need to be at least 830 average daily rides over the coming six months for the service to become permanent after the pilot phase.
“We really want to encourage folks to ride the #31,” said Ald. Thompson. “Come on out and give it a try, save money, and patronize the new businesses along 31st Street.”