CTA Bus Service Improvements Take Effect this Weekend

December 28, 2006
12/28/06

The Chicago Transit Authority will implement a new bus route and enhance existing bus routes beginning Sunday as part of efforts to improve service for CTA customers. The service changes are the result of customer feedback, as well as observation and analysis by CTA staff.

The new #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick combines the current
#37 Sedgwick route with the #11 Lincoln route. The new
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick route will cover the combined service areas of the current routes, offering extended service north of Fullerton for current #37 customers and extended service south of North Avenue during the morning and evening rush period for current #11 customers.

Additionally, during the morning and evening rush the
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick will extend downtown west along Van Buren from Wells to Clinton to create a direct connection to the #38 Ogden/Taylor and the Clinton Blue Line station for service to the West Side and the Illinois Medical District.

The #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick will begin service as a 180-day experiment on Sunday, December 31. Morning and evening rush period service to downtown on the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick will begin Tuesday, January 2, 2007. With the modification of the #11 route, CTA will eliminate the current #37 Sedgwick.

Service on the #14 Jeffery Express will begin earlier on Saturdays at approximately 6:00 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. northbound and on Sundays at approximately 7:10 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. northbound. In addition, service on Saturdays will end 12 minutes later at approximately 9:39 p.m. southbound. More frequent Saturday service will be provided from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with buses approximately every 12 minutes. Enhancements will begin Sunday, December 31.

#84 Peterson will provide earlier Sunday service with the first bus leaving 30 minutes earlier in both directions?approximately 7:30 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. eastbound and 8:00 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. westbound. Enhancements will begin Sunday, December 31.

#90 Harlem will provide later service on Saturday with the last southbound bus leaving at approximately 9:20 p.m. instead of 9:05 p.m. and the last northbound bus leaving at approximately 10:05 p.m. instead of 9:50 p.m. Enhancements will begin Saturday, January 6, 2007.

#91 Austin will provide earlier weekend service with the first southbound bus leaving at approximately 5:45 a.m. instead of 6:05 a.m. and the first northbound bus leaving at approximately 6:30 a.m. rather than 6:50 a.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, the first southbound bus will depart at approximately 7:25 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m. and the first northbound bus will depart at approximately 8:05 a.m. instead of 8:25 a.m. Enhancements will begin Sunday, December 31.

Last month, the Chicago Transit Board approved a 180-day experiment for a new bus route. The #132 Goose Island Express route will operate between the Clybourn Metra station at Cortland and Ashland avenues and the Metra Van Buren station at Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue during weekday rush periods.

The #132 Goose Island Express will stop at Metra's Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center and provide connections to the CTA's Blue Line station at Grand and Halsted and the Red Line station at North/Clybourn. The new service is scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

#147 Outer Drive Express will provide more frequent weekday service from 6:30 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. with buses every 8 to 15 minutes instead of every 10 to 20 minutes. Enhancements will begin Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

For details about CTA routes and schedules, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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