Faster Bus Transit Being Developed for Chicago

Might Chicagoans who take the bus whiz by cars stuck in traffic soon? That’s what’s being planned with federal money.

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the CTA $1.6 million to help design [a] special express bus service [aimed at shortening commuting times on north-south crosstown trip]…Key features of bus rapid transit include the use of bus-only lanes, particularly during rush periods, and on-board technology that communicates with traffic signals to allow buses to pass through busy intersections ahead of other traffic.

Over the summer the CTA received an $11 million grant to develop bus rapid transit lines on the Jeffery corridor between the South Side and downtown. The service will operate on Jeffery Boulevard from 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue to Jefferson and Washington streets west of the Loop…

Known as the Chicago Central Area Transitway, the route would connect Union Station and Navy Pier with selected stops in between that are served by at least seven CTA bus routes.

The buses will stop near CTA and Metra rail stations. The transitway would eventually be expanded to connect all of the West Loop with North Michigan Avenue, Illinois Center, the Museum Campus and McCormick Place.

Roosevelt seminars discussing the role of effective mass transit include SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning (offered this summer at the downtown campus) and SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change (offered this autumn online) may be of interest. For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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