Members of Evanston’s Transportation and Parking Committee Wednesday night urged representatives from CTA and Pace to not reduce direct service to Evanston Township High School in bus route changes planned for later this year.

The transit agencies have unveiled preliminary plans that would eliminate the CTA Route 205 that now provides service to the high school.

The plans call for reconfiguring Pace Route 208 to provide service to the high school from the west and to reconfigure Pace Route 213 to provide service from the south along Chicago Avenue.

A Pace representative, Steve Andrews, said that at peak hours the Pace 213 bus would continue west from the Davis Street CTA station to the high school, but he said the exact schedule for the service hasn’t yet been determined. At other hours riders from the south would have to transfer to the 208 bus at Davis to continue west to the high school.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said the service from south Evanston to the school is “a critical route” and that students arrive at the school as early as 7 a.m. and that after school activities continue to 6 p.m. or later.

“They rely on that bus,” Wynne, who chairs the committee, added.

More details on the CTA and Pace route changes are scheduled to be released next week and a publice hearing on the plans has been tentatively scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Levy Center.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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