January 08, 2016

University to Stop Subsidizing CTA 170

Citing consistently low ridership and redundancy with other transit options, the University will stop subsidizing the Chicago Transit Authority’s 170 bus route, effective May 27, 2016. The three other bus routes the CTA operates as part of its agreement with the University – the 171, 172, and 192 – will remain in service and will not be impacted by this change. 

CTA statistics show that ridership on the CTA 170 has been steadily decreasing. For this past October, ridership was down 19 percent over October of last year. Similarly, weekly ridership numbers are down 15 percent and ridership for the year has decreased by more than five percent.

The 170 bus route operates Monday through Friday during the morning and evening rush periods. This route travels around the Midway Plaisance and stops at the 55th-56th-57th and 59th street Metra stations.

Several CTA bus and shuttle options provide similar service and can be used once the 170 route has concluded. CTA routes 171 and 172 also travel along the Midway and the Friend Center & Metra UGo shuttle travels to the 55th-56th-57th and 59th street Metra stations. All three travel options are free for University affiliates with a valid ID and operate throughout the day and night.   

For more information about the University’s transportation services, read the latest Transportation & Parking Guide.

The amendment to the University’s contract with the CTA is expected to be presented to the CTA Board this spring. The CTA will then decide whether or not to continue the route.