Block Club Chicago wrote about the revival of extended service along Ogden Avenue via CTA bus #157 that will provide Lawndale residents with more transit options to get to work, school, and other parts of the city. This change was a top recommendation of the North Lawndale Quality-of-Life plan, which was supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program, the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, and LISC Chicago.
Engagement with residents during the planning process -- which was recognized by the American Planning Association of Illinois with the Community Outreach Award -- found that there was a strong local desire to modify bus routing and service times to better connect people of North Lawndale to Mt. Sinai Hospital and jobs to the north and east. The plan found that nearly 19 percent of all jobs held by North Lawndale residents are located
in census tracts directly served by the No. 157 (Illinois Medical District, UIC campus, Downtown Chicago, and Streeterville). Extending the #157 bus from California to Pulaski will improve transportation options for these workers and other transit users.
The one-year pilot program is an achievement that makes strides toward implementing the ON TO 2050 recommendation to leverage the transportation network to promote inclusive growth.