March and rally set for Friday to get Pilsen bus stop; Tattler Holiday Train ride

How does one go about getting a new CTA bus stop and shelter?

Well, you could ask the CTA.

Or you could ask and then really dramatize the need for it with a 300-person march and press conference.

That’s what faith leaders from the Gamaliel Foundation are planning for this Friday morning to emphasize the need for the #21 bus to stop at Morgan Street and Cermak in front of Casa Maravilla Senior Housing complex, across from the Alivio Medical Center.

march will dramatize the challenging walk that the transit-dependent senior and
patients at the medical center are forced to make due to the lack of a bus stop
there,” said the Gamaliel Foundation in a press release.

The march will step off from the bus stop at Morgan St. and Cermak Rd. to Casa Maravilla Senior Building at 2021 S. Morgan St. at 10:20 am Friday.

Good luck getting the bus stop!

CTA Tattler Holiday Train outing Dec. 11.
Don’t forget about the Third Annual CTA Tattler Holiday Train Outing coming up next Saturday, Dec. 11. We’ll meet late afternoon at the Kimball Brown Line station. RSVP at the Facebook event page. And check back next week for more details.

Santa Train on the Blue Line. Meanwhile, the Holiday Train will be sliding along the Blue Line Thursday through Saturday. See the detailed schedule.


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  • No, no, no!
    No more unnecessary bus stops!
    There are already stops on Cermak at Morgan. They are on the NW &SW corners due to that being the intersection of Cermak, Morgan & Canalport, along with a railroad track at grade on the south side of the street!
    Adding a stop at the NE corner of Cermak & Canalport won't do a damn thing except slow down the bus!
    This is just political bullshit due to the upcoming elections for alderman & mayor. Watch for this to go away after the April elections!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:


  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    The #21 runs on cermak (22nd street). This senior facility is 2 blocks North of cermak, so why should the CTA extend the route by 4 blocks to pickup seniors that don't pay to ride the bus when money is so tight, and make the paying customers endure a longer ride.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    What is it that these people really want? As far as I can tell, there is already a bus stop at that intersection. There is no link to more information here, so I can only go by this blog post. Do they really just want a shelter at an already-existing bus stop? I think some clarity is needed. In general, I agree with Scooter in that there are already too many bus stops.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    We live in a democracy. To quote Donald Rumsfeld in an ignoble moment, "Democracy is messy." What "these people" really want is modification of a bus stop. There's no hunger strike because "they" didn't take that course in this expression of democracy. Regardless of what anything thinks about the request, the language used to describe the individuals who are championing it is a tad disturbing.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    What on earth do you mean by this?
    "Regardless of what anything thinks about the request, the language used to describe the individuals who are championing it is a tad disturbing."

    I don't see anything disturbing about the description of anyone in any comments!
    My own comment was that this is political bullshit isn't a description of anyone, just their ridiculous request. None of the others said anything "disturbing" either!
    If you'd look at the intersection on a detailed map or go there, you'll see that it's really impossible to add bus stops that are closer to those locations without rerouting the #21 bus.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Why is this unnecessary? The people asking for this, are long time residents of the area (mainly seniors) that live on one of the three senior home complex buildings on Morgan. Other residents include patients of a medical center, also on Morgan.

    The change would not be very significant (rather than going down Cermak, the bus would make a turn on Morgan for about two blocks, and get back on Cermak), but it is quite significant when it is cold outside, seniors and patients walk on crutches and walkers, not to mention that Cermak is a pretty busy and industrial street if you are not aware, making it quite dangerous for people to cross.

    I think what is disturbing is that "they," and by "they" I mean Latinos, (taking this in the context that it was written have by Scooter Libby) have to beg for something as ridiculous as this. And if you can't understand that, that is quite all right. It is not in your reality. This has nothing to do with the Alderman, and for your information the lead organization did not invite any mayoral candidates. Your biggest concern, Scooter Libby, is that it would slow down the bus. Now_that_is_ridiculous.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Well said, Martha.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    True the stop is already there, however they are also seeking a shelter for the days when it is raining and cold. Most other stops along Cermak have a shelter but not this one where the seniors board the bus.

  • No hunger strike, like they usually have?

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