One year ago, Bridgeport Alliance, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, The Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community, and other community groups came together and packed the CTA board meeting, giving testimony to the need for a bus to connect the diverse, and largely separated communities along the proposed 31st Street bus route. As a result of this crosstown coalition, the CTA board agreed to begin a six month feasibility study, the first step toward the establishment of a new route. The groups packed the board room again six months later, demanding the study be completed. CTA staff has promised that this Wednesday, October 9, at 10AM, the results of the feasibility study will be presented publicly to the board.
The groups plan to turn out by the bus load in support of the 31st Street bus route. “With growing need for community services, such as our food pantry, a bus would allow community members who live too far away, who are elderly, or who have disabilities to come and get the food they need to survive,” said Kristina Tendilla, Program Director at Benton House. “We’d be able to access the 31st St. beach, church, the hospital, the grocery store, and so on.. We can’t get to any of these right now,” said resident Charlie Rumppe.
The group plans to have several testimonies, and to deliver a photo-petition, consisting of photos of community members holding up signs as to why they need the bus. A press conference will immediately follow the board meeting, which will take place at CTA headquarters at 10 a.m., Oct. 9.