CTA BUSES RETURN TO WACKER DRIVE

November 26, 2002
11/26/02

The reopening of Wacker Drive will allow the CTA to return five bus routes to their regular routing Wednesday, November 27. The routes have been detoured since the project began in February, 2001. In addition, three of four other routes that formerly operated on lower Wacker will begin new routing on Monday, December 9.

Bus routes returning to their regular routing are the #2 Hyde Park Express, #6 Jeffery Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #125 Water Tower Express and #146 Marine/Michigan Express.

#2 Hyde Park Express buses operate during weekday rush periods and will resume their regular routing via State, Wacker and Michigan in both directions. Southbound #2 buses will stop on Wacker just west of Michigan and just east of Wabash, and on State at Lake before continuing south over the regular route. Northbound #2 buses will stop on State at Lake and Wacker and on Wacker mid-block between Wabash and Michigan.

#6 Jeffery Express buses operate daily and will start their southbound trips from Columbus via South Water, Wacker Place, Wabash, and Wacker Drive to State, making stops on Wacker Place at Michigan and Wabash and on State southbound at Lake. #6 buses will continue to end northbound trips via Michigan and Wacker to Columbus.

#10 Museum of Science & Industry buses operate year-round on weekends and holidays (except Christmas Day) and on weekdays from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day and from Memorial Day until Labor Day. #10 buses will resume their regular routing via State and Wacker to Michigan in both directions, making the same stops as #2 Hyde Park Express buses through the area.

#125 Water Tower Express buses operate during weekday rush periods, and will make outbound trips from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center via Canal, Lake and Wacker to Franklin/Orleans before resuming their regular routing. #125 buses will stop northbound on Canal at Randolph and Lake and eastbound on Wacker in front of the 333 West Wacker building before continuing north across the Franklin/Orleans bridge. Return trips to the stations will be via Wells, Wacker and Randolph to Clinton, with stops westbound on Wacker at Franklin and southbound on Wacker at Randolph. #125 buses will also make new stops north of the river at State on both inbound and outbound trips.

#146 Marine/Michigan Express buses operate daily and will resume their southbound routing via Michigan and Wacker to State, stopping on Wacker just west of Michigan and east of Wabash, and on State at Lake. Northbound #146 buses will continue to use State and Lake to Michigan.

The four rush period express routes that formerly used lower Wacker while serving the Ogilvie Transportation Center or Union Station will operate as follows beginning December 9:

#120 North Western/Wacker Express buses will remain on their current routing from the concourse level entrance to Ogilvie Center on Canal via Washington, Dearborn and Illinois to Navy Pier. Return trips will also stay on the current routing via Grand, Clark and Randolph to Canal.

#121 Union/Wacker Express buses will operate from Union Station to Navy Pier via lower Wacker, Michigan and Illinois, running express on lower Wacker to Wabash, and then making all stops north on lower Michigan and east on Illinois. #121 buses returning to Union Station will make their only stop on lower Wacker just west of Michigan before running express to the station.

#122 Illinois Center/North Western Express buses will operate from Ogilvie Center to Illinois Center via upper Wacker, running express to State and making local stops thereafter. #122 buses returning to Ogilvie Center will make local stops on upper Wacker to State before running express to the station.

#123 Illinois Center/Union Express buses will operate from Union Station on upper Wacker, running express to State and making local stops thereafter. #123 buses returning to Union Station will make local stops on Wacker to State before running express to the station.

For information about all CTA routes, call 836-7000 (any local area code).

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