CTA extends pilot program for 31st Street bus line
February 2, 2018

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced it will extend a pilot program of bus service on 31st Street through June 2018 to give the CTA more time and data to evaluate ridership demand and collect more community feedback on the service.

“I am excited to announce that we have been able to extend the CTA #31 bus route again,” said Alderman Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward). “The bus route was initially launched in September of 2016 and will now run through June 2018. We will continue to work with community groups and businesses to promote the CTA #31 in hopes it will remain permanent. We hope to increase ridership on this route and will be working with CTA and the local community to launch a marketing campaign.”

The #31 runs between the Ashland Orange Line elevated train station and 33rd Street/King Drive. The #31 provides connections to schools, shopping centers, and entertainment as well as the Orange, Red, and Green lines and several north-south bus routes.

Ridership on the #31 route averaged 674 rides each weekday in November—a 23% increase over the year before, according to the CTA. The target daily ridership goal is 830 rides, based on how comparable routes perform. The #31 operates Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Extending the pilot service will allow CTA to evaluate ridership trends further and gather additional feedback from the surrounding community before officials decide whether to conclude the pilot, extend it, or make the service permanent.

For more information about the #31, visit: transitchicago.com/31pilot/.