Starting Tuesday, CTA will reroute nine bus routes that currently operate near the Block 37 construction site. Rerouting these bus routes away from the lane reductions on Washington, Dearborn and Randolph for construction activity will improve the reliability of CTA bus service in the area and create a more predictable flow of traffic for the duration of this phase of the project.
Nine CTA bus routes that normally travel through the Loop will be rerouted. These bus routes are the #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #X20 Washington/Madison Express, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #124 Navy Pier, #127 Madison/Roosevelt Circulator, #129 West Loop/South Loop and the #157 Streeterville.
Seven routes will be diverted from Washington at South Wacker Drive then travel eastbound on Monroe. The #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #X20 Washington/Madison Express, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th and the #127 Madison/Roosevelt Circulator buses will operate from Washington to South Wacker, then travel south to Monroe and travel east on Monroe to Michigan Avenue.
The #20, #X20, #56 and #60 buses will continue northbound on Michigan Avenue and the #14 and #127 buses will continue southbound trips on Michigan Avenue. Four new eastbound bus stops will also be established for these routes along Monroe: at Monroe and Franklin, Monroe and LaSalle, Monroe and Dearborn, and Monroe and Wabash.
In the morning, the #129 West Loop/South Loop will operate northbound on Dearborn then travel westbound on Wacker, continuing southbound on Wacker to Randolph, and travel westbound on Randolph resuming its normal morning route. In the afternoon, the #129 West Loop/South Loop will operate from Washington to South Wacker, then travel east on Monroe to Clark, then south on Clark resuming the regular route.
The #124 Navy Pier and #157 Streeterville buses will turn from Washington to northbound Wacker Drive, then east following Wacker Drive to Michigan Avenue. The #124 buses will cross Michigan Avenue from Wacker Drive and continue eastbound on South Water Street. The #157 buses will continue their northbound trips on Michigan Avenue.
Six new bus stops will be added on Wacker Drive to accommodate routes that are being redirected to Wacker Drive. Two CTA bus stops already exist at Wacker Drive and Lake Street, and Wacker Drive and State Street. The six new bus stops will be established as follows: northbound at Wacker Drive and Randolph Street, eastbound at Wacker Drive and Wells Street, eastbound at Wacker Drive and LaSalle Street, eastbound at Wacker Drive and Dearborn Street, westbound at Wacker Drive and Clark Street, and westbound at Wacker Drive and Wells Street.
In addition, the southbound CTA bus stop currently located on State and Washington in front of the Hotel Burnham will be relocated to State and Randolph in front of Borders. The northbound CTA bus stop currently located at Dearborn and Randolph will be removed to allow space for a designated theater loading zone.
Construction is currently underway at Block 37 on a mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, hotel and residential complex that will also include a new CTA transit station.# # #