ENHANCED SERVICE ON FOUR BUS ROUTES TAKES EFFECT THIS WEEKEND

June 17, 2004
6/17/04

NOTE: EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, JUNE 19, CTA MEDIA RELATIONS? NEW PRESS LINE PHONE NUMBER WILL BE 312-681-3090. NEW FAX NUMBER WILL BE 312-681-2825.

The Chicago Transit Authority is modifying bus service on four routes by adding one new route, restoring two experimental routes to their original routing and making a slight adjustment to one route. The changes are related to the 180-day experimental restructuring of routes serving the Lake Shore Drive corridor, which began last August.

The adjustments, set to take place Sunday, June 20 and Monday, June 21 are a result of customer feedback, as well as observation and analysis by CTA staff. All changes comply with the Service Standards adopted by the Board in 2001 and were approved by the Chicago Transit Board at its April meeting.

The enhancements include returning the #15 Jeffery Local to its original routing at the time the Lake Shore Drive corridor experiment began last August. Currently, service operates via Lake Park Avenue between 56th and 51st Streets. Instead of operating on Lake Park Avenue, service will return to its previous routing on South Hyde Park Boulevard between East Hyde Park Boulevard and East 57th Street.

The route name and number of the #28 Stony Island Express will be changed back to #28 Stony Island and it will operate between 103rd/Stony Island and 47th/Lake Park via Lake Park between East 56th and 47th Streets returning service to Lake Park north of 56th Street.

A new #X28 Stony Island Express route will be implemented to continue providing weekday rush period express service between 103rd/Stony Island and downtown via South Hyde Park Boulevard between East 57th Street and East Hyde Park Boulevard. This new route will continue to provide a second express option to downtown during rush hours. Additional service on the #6 Jackson Park Express will be provided during off-peak hours when the #X28 Stony Island Express is not operating.

An adjustment also will be made to the #145 Wilson/Michigan Express route to operate westbound on Van Buren instead of Congress, between Michigan and Wells, to give customers a better connection to the LaSalle Street Metra Station.

Information on all CTA service can be found by calling 836-7000 from any local area code or on the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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