To accommodate postal workers changing shifts late at night at the Central Post Office, 433 W. Harrison, CTA is extending service west on Harrison to Desplaines for all #36 Broadway buses arriving downtown after 10:30 p.m. The change will take effect Sunday, March 19.
#36 Broadway buses enter the Loop southbound on State Street, and normally end their trips at Polk and Clark Streets. The last trip north from downtown currently starts just after 1:00 a.m. every night.
Post Office management requested the change because an estimated 72 percent of the 5,100 employees working there begin their shifts at 11 p.m. or leave the building at 11:30 p.m.
"We were happy to cooperate with the Post Office to help workers reach their late night jobs more conveniently," said CTA Chairman Valerie B. Jarrett. "For many of these employees, public transportation is their lifeline to the work force, and we?re trying to make our service the most effective link between home, jobs and communities."
Stops for #36 buses serving the Post Office will be on Harrison at Canal, and also midblock east of Canal at 404 W. Harrison. The first #36 bus will arrive at the Post Office westbound on Harrison at about 10:35 p.m., and the last scheduled departure eastbound will be at 1:17 a.m.
"This is another effort to strengthen service where the demand calls for it," said CTA President Frank Kruesi. "Having #36 buses serve the Post Office will enable postal workers to make better connections to all other bus and 'L' lines serving the Loop at night. The change affects only one block at the south end of the existing route. #36 buses will return to the regular route at Dearborn and Harrison."
Also serving the Post Office are buses on CTA's #60 Blue Island/26th route, which operate 24 hours daily. Reaching the Loop from the Southwest Side, #60 buses use Harrison, Canal and Jackson. Outbound service is via Adams and Clinton to Harrison, and then Racine, Blue Island, and 26th to Cicero.###