CTA Makes Improvements to Several Bus Routes

March 23, 2007
3/23/07

Enhancements Begin this Weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority will enhance select existing bus routes beginning Sunday as part of continued 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 enhancements are:

#9 Ashland buses will provide more frequent midday service on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with buses every 10 minutes instead of the current interval of every 12 minutes. Enhancements will begin Monday, March 26, 2007.

To provide consistent routing at all times on weekdays, the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick route will be changed to follow the same route in both directions during the rush and non-rush periods. The #11 will operate via Lincoln, Sheffield, Fullerton and Lincoln instead of using Webster and Halsted. The #11, which combines the #37 Sedgwick route with the #11 Lincoln route, began as a 180-day experiment in December 2006.

On weekends all #21 Cermak buses will operate to the North Riverside Park Mall in North Riverside during mall business hours instead of every other bus. The change will provide more frequent service to the mall and improve connections to Pace bus routes #304, #305, #307, #311 and #322. Changes go into effect Sunday, March 25, 2007.

Service will be adjusted on the #38 Ogden/Taylor route to meet customer demand during the evening rush period. As a result, buses will run every 15 minutes instead of the current interval of every 12 minutes. This schedule will begin Monday, March 26, 2007.

To increase service reliability, the #X54 Cicero Express route will be changed between the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station and Montrose and Cicero. Buses will operate via Milwaukee, Lawrence, and Cicero, instead of via Milwaukee, Montrose, and Cicero. A new bus stop will be added on Lawrence at Cicero. Enhancements will begin Monday, March 26, 2007.

Weekday service on the #90 Harlem will begin earlier on weekdays at 4:10 a.m. southbound from the Harlem station on the Blue Line and 4:50 a.m. northbound from the Harlem Green Line station. In addition, there will be more frequent service during the first 30 minutes of weekday service with buses operating every 15 minutes instead of the present interval of every 20 minutes. Enhancements will begin Monday, March 26, 2007.

Weekday service on the #91 Austin route will begin earlier, leaving Jefferson Park southbound at 4:45 a.m. and Austin and Roosevelt at 5:30 a.m. In addition, there will be more frequent service during the first 30 minutes of weekday service with buses operating every 15 minutes instead of every 20 minutes; effective Monday, March 26, 2007.

Saturday service on the #147 Outer Drive Express will run more often all day and evening to meet customer demand ? every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m., buses will run every 10 to 12 minutes instead of every 12 to 15 minutes. The enhancement will begin Saturday, March 31.

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