Melissa Wynne.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, told members of Evanston’s Transportation and Parking Committee Wednesday night that she expects a meeting with Pace officials earlier in the week will lead to “a very good outcome” for preserving threatened bus service to Evanston Township High School.

Pace is expected to announce details of its revised plan next week.

Pace and the CTA in March announced plans to eliminate the CTA Route 205 bus and replace it with a limited extension of the Pace Route 213 bus from Davis to Howard streets.

Pace had planned to make only two runs per day on the Howard leg of the 213 route. Area residents and city and school officials argued that would be totally inadequate to provide service to students from southeast Evanston traveling to and from the high school.

“We were really surprised and pleased with their response” at Monday’s meeting, Wynne said. “They heard us. They heard the community. There was a real understanding of the high school’s needs and the equity issues here.”

She added that she’s confident the new route plan will provide service “at the right frequency and times and with no transfers.”

The Committee also heard from CTA officials long range plans to upgrade the Purple Line through Evanston and voted to recommend that the City Council commit the $1 million remaining in the Washington National Tax Increment Financing District as a local match toward that project.

The TIF district is scheduled to expire at the end of this year and city staff says no other projects have been identified to use the remaining funds.

Related stories

Planned bus cuts draw protest (4/27/18)

CTA, Pace set hearing on route changes (4/9/18)

‘Don’t cut ETHS service’ panel tells Pace, CTA (3/29/18)

Bus route changes proposed (3/27/18)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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