The CTA will now offer shuttle bus service to the new Wal-Mart Supercenter that opens on Chicago’s Far South Side today.
The announcement comes as a change of plans, after pressure from aldermen and City Hall.
The new Wal-Mart, at 10900 S. Doty Ave. in the Pullman Park neighborhood, is the center piece of redevelopment efforts in the area.
CTA bus service stopped about a half-mile from the new store, forcing employees to walk several blocks to and from the nearest public transportation.
Late Tuesday, the CTA announced they will offer shuttle buses to and from Wal-Mart every twenty minutes during high-traffic hours until a permanent plan can be decided on.
A new, temporary CTA shuttle bus route, the No. 111A Pullman, will begin offering service to Wal-Mart on Wednesday. It will run every 20 minutes on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On weekends and holidays it will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Wal-Mart, which will sell groceries and operate a pharmacy, will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., officials said.
The No. 111A will start at 111th Street and King Drive, go south to 115th Street, turn east to Cottage Grove, then turn north back up to 111th Street, go east to Doty Avenue, then north to 109th Street. From there, buses will enter Pullman Park (on private roads) and loop around the parking lot and a CTA access road, according to the CTA.
On the return trip, buses will travel to Doty and follow the reverse route. The route will make connections with bus routes along 111th and 115th streets, the CTA said.