CTA to Pilot Weekend Bus Service on the #39 Pershing Route

May 26, 2017

Pilot will help customers make connections to new Mariano’s, White Sox games and more

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is launching a pilot of weekend bus service on the #39 Pershing route. The service follows a series of enhancements launched under CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. to improve bus service system wide.

Beginning on Sunday, June 18, CTA will be operating buses on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pilot service will test demand for east-west bus service on Pershing Road, following a series of new, local developments including a new Mariano’s at Pershing and King Drive. 

The #39 route connects Lake Park Avenue on the east with St. Louis Avenue on the west along Pershing Road, with connections to the Indiana Green Line station, Sox-35th Red Line station and Guaranteed Rate Field as well as the 35th-Archer Orange Line station.

The route also makes key connections to several of CTA’s busiest north-south routes including the #49 Western, #9 Ashland, #8 Halsted, #29 State, #4 Cottage Grove, #39 Michigan, #50 Damen and #62 Archer.

The pilot follows a number of other CTA bus service improvements made in recent years, including:

  • Loop Link
  • Ashland and Western express service
  • Enhancements to several South and Far South Side bus routes
  • Piloting extended service on the #11 Lincoln route and new #31 service on 31st Street.


CTA has worked closely with the local aldermen and community members in developing the pilot. The pilot will run for six months and then CTA will examine whether to extend or alter the pilot, conclude it or make the service permanent.

For more information, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/39/.  


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