Extended route will serve new Pullman Community Center and offer new connections to five CTA bus routes
Today, the Chicago Transit Board approved an ordinance to extend the #111A Pullman Shuttle route and offer improved transit service and connections in the historic Pullman community. This is the latest in a series of bus and rail improvements made under the leadership of CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. to strengthen and improve transit services on Chicago’s South and Far South sides.
Service along the #111A Pullman Shuttle began in the fall of 2013 to provide direct access to new retail developments in the area. CTA’s decision to extend the route, which provides daily service every 25 minutes from approximately 6:20 a.m. until 7:40 p.m., was based on community feedback for improved connections to nearby bus routes and service to the newly built Pullman Community Center and nearby shopping center.
“At the heart of any Chicago community is public transit linking members of the community together via buses and trains to their jobs, schools, parks, shopping and more,” said CTA President Carter. “Our goal with this service enhancement is to help foster the ongoing growth this historic community has seen in recent years and improve the lives of those who work and reside in the area with a stronger and more convenient transit network.”
Currently #111A buses operate between Cottage Grove/115th and the Pullman Park Plaza shopping center at Doty/109th. With the new route extension, #111A buses will continue northeast from Doty/109th to 103rd St and Stony Island, nearly doubling the length of the route and providing riders connections to five nearby bus routes: #J14 Jeffery Jump, #15 Jeffery Local, #26 South Shore Express, #28 Stoney Island and #106 East 103rd.
The route extension goes into effect at the start of service on March 31, 2019. Costs associated with the route extension are approximately $405,000 annually, and are part of CTA’s operating budget.