The Chicago Transit Authority is considering ending bus service on a little-used route in Evanston.


The Chicago Transit Authority is considering ending bus service on a little-used route in Evanston.

Route 200, which provides rush-hour only service on Main Street from the Metra and Purple Line stations at Chicago Avenue to the former Rand-McNally offices in Skokie, was launched in 2003 on an experimental basis, and made permanent in 2005.

But CTA officials say it has been used by fewer than 100 riders a day since the Rand-McNally office relocated in January and they plan to hold a public hearing to discuss eliminating the route.

Route 200 provides the only bus service to the Main Street Commons shopping center in Evanston that houses the Food 4 Less and Sam’s Club outlets.

The CTA has provided bus service in Evanston since 1973, after the privately-owned Evanston Bus Company closed as the result of a strike.

The date of the public hearing on the possible route elimination has not yet been set, but it’s expected to occur sometime this summer.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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2 Comments

  1. Route 200
    Maybe if the 200 bus schedule actually was coordinated with the Metra schedule there would be more riders. Although I live on Main Street west of Asbury and take the Metra daily, I never take it because it always seems to be pulling away from the station just as we disembark from the train. It’s faster to walk rather than wait for the next bus.

  2. eliminate in place of waste
    If this route is not profitable for the CTA then they should eliminate it. The CTA is not a charitable foundation. It is a ‘for profit’ business. What is the issue here? Eliminate the route and move on.

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