If you live or work in Chicago’s Loop, you likely know that CTA bus travel is about as painful as it gets when it comes to public transportation. Whether it’s rush hour, early morning, or late-night, taking a bus through the Loop isn’t one of the most pleasant ways to get around downtown Chicago right now, but that could soon be changing according to an announcement from city officials today.
In an effort to re-organize downtown’s busiest streets, Chicago Department of Transportation is set to undertake a $31.8 million construction project that is expected to shorten commute times and significantly reduce congestion by adding a 2-mile rapid bus transit lane that will serve Washington, Madison, Clinton, and Canal.
Roughly 21,000 commuters ride CTA buses downtown each weekday, and a more efficient way to accommodate these people is long overdue in the eyes of most. City officials say the new project, dubbed Loop Link, will not only provide a quicker bus service, but also make pedestrians feels safer when crossing these roads, make it easier for drivers to make both right- and left-hand turns, and provide bicyclists with all new protected bike lanes that are without a doubt much safer to use.
During the construction of the new Loop Link transit project, some lane closures are to be expected and the entire overhaul of the streets involved is estimated to take about 18 months to complete.