The fate of #11 Lincoln bus may be sealed, with its final ride scheduled for Dec. 16, but statistics from the Chicago Transit Authority show that the bus has seen more than 24,000 additional riders from January – October 2012 than during the same time period in 2011.
Through Oct. 31, the #11 has given rides to 1,419,958 people, compared to the 1,395,186 last year.
The Lincoln bus is being eliminated because of an overlap of service with the Brown Line, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) has said.
The busiest month so far this year was October, with more than 151,000 riders, about 7,500 more than in 2011. Ridership reached its lowest in January and July, with about 135,000 people riding each month.
Pawar has previously decried the CTA’s decision to eliminate the bus as “out of touch,” saying the CTA did little to evaluate their decision’s impact on the local economy, adding that #11 bus serves as a lifeline for seniors and students in the area, as well as a boon to businesses along Lincoln Avenue.