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CTA plans Evanston route cut

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.

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