Chicago Receives $36 Million From Feds For Two Bus Projects
By Lindsey Miller in News on Jul 8, 2010 8:20PM
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The first project, using $24.6 million of the funding, will establish a Chicago Central Area Transitway, designed to facilitate and speed bus traffic through the Loop. The project will serve Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, the CTA Red and Blue Lines, Streeterville and Navy Pier. Seven bus lines will use color-designated bus priority lanes created as a result of the project, as well as bus signal priority through intersections, "next bus" information, and bus shelter branding.
The DOT also notes that more bicycle lanes will be added in the Loop as a result of the project. We're hoping for buffered bike lanes like the ones proposed for New York City's First and Second Avenues.
The second project will receive $11 million in funding to better link parts of the South Side to the Loop. The Chicago Dept. of Transportation, which is in charge of both projects, says the improvements will run along Jeffery Boulevard from 103rd Street/Stony Island to Jefferson/Washington. Planners from the CDOT and the CTA will now begin design and engineering work on both projects but a construction timetable has yet to be determined.