CTA and Pace are considering bus route changes for implementation this summer that would impact service in Evanston.

The proposal would eliminate the CTA Route 205 bus that runs through Evanston from the Skokie Court House to the Howard Red Line using Golf Road in Skokie and Church Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

Pace would compensate for that loss in part by changing its Route 208 bus that now runs from Schaumburg to downtown Evanston along Church Street in Skokie and Evanston to run on Golf Road and Emerson Street as far east as Dodge Avenue. From there it would go south to Church and continue east into downtown.

The final leg to the Howard CTA station would be handled by an extension of the Pace Route 213 service that now runs from Northbrook Court to the Davis Street CTA station.

Several other proposed changes affect routes serving other North Shore communities.

The changes are scheduled to be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of Evanston’s Transportation and Parking Committee at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center.

The transit agencies have also tentatively scheduled a public hearing on the plans for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Levy Center.

Related document

Transportation and Parking Committee packet

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Saturday bus on Chicago Avenue
    The PACE bus #213 would also operate on Saturday on Chicago Avenue from Church to the Howard Terminal. Currently no bus service on Chicago Avenue on Saturday.

  2. 201 On Sunday years ago ?
    I seem to remember, as do others, that for some time after 1995, the 201 ran its full route on Sunday.
    Bus 20_ use to run on Emerson(?) out to close to McCormick and then south to the shopping area on Main by McCormick. With all the business out there, I’m surprised they cut that route. That same bus continued on Main to Chicago Ave, south to South Blvd, east to close to Sheridan and then north on some street.

    1. Route #202 Main Emerson
      The route #202 Main Emerson operated south on Chicago Avenue from Main to South Boulevard Monday through Saturday but never on Sunday.
      Evanston Bus Company operated until 1973 with Sunday service on #1 Central Sherman, #2 Ridge, #3 Main Grant, #7 Dodge, #8 Evanston Skokie, #10 Howard Crawford and #11Howard Niles Center. Until the mid 1990s, the Evanston “L” operated 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

      1. Old times….
        Ah yes. The Evanston Bus Company with their brown and cream buses, and a garage on Central St. (Later buses were brown and aluminium sided.) They were taken over by the CTA when they vanished. The #3 used to weave through SE Evanston to South Blvd and Sheridan (Arnold Place) which was the end of the route. The drivers would kill some time there, in front of Jack & Georges Standard Gas station. I used to catch the bus there or at Sheridan and Keeney (Sheridan Sq). They also used to run a “high school special” that started down there and wove through the city. Some of the older buses with manual transmissions were used for the high school….

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