June 12, 2003

Thirteen South Side Bus Routes Affected by Reconstruction

Beginning Friday, June 13, bus customers using the 95th Street bus terminal at the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line Station will experience a temporary change in their drop off and pick up points at the terminal. Due to the start of reconstruction of the heavily traveled bus turnaround, CTA has implemented temporary bus stops on adjacent streets to the east and west sides of the terminal. The temporary stops are all within two blocks of the terminal so customers will not have to travel far.

Temporary bus stops are expected to be in place until September when access to the bus turnaround will return to normal. Final reconstruction, however, will not be complete until the end of the year.

Customers are asked to familiarize themselves with the new drop off and pick up points for their individual bus routes to ensure an easier transition. Beginning Friday morning, CTA Customer Assistants will be available in the 95th Street Station and bus supervisors will also be on hand to assist customers with directions and questions. Signs will be installed to the new locations. Buses and trains enroute to the terminal also will display information alerting customers of the temporary changes.

Affected CTA and Pace bus routes and their temporary drop off and pick up points are as follows. Please note that several routes will drop off in a location other than where customers will be picked up:

#34 South Michigan, #111 Pullman/111th/115th and #119 Michigan/119th buses will pick up and drop off customers on 95th Street between State and Lafayette.

#29 State buses will pick up and drop off customers at the corner of 94th and State and will also drop off customers on Lafayette near 94th and in the middle of the block, approaching 95th.

Pace route #359 will only pick up on Lafayette near the corner of 94th and #381 will only pick up on Lafayette just south of 94th.

#100 Jeffery Manor Express, #103 West 103rd, #106 East 103rd, and Pace bus route #353 will only drop off customers on 95th Street at the corner of State. These routes, along with Pace #381 will only pick up customers on Lafayette between 94th and 95th.

#108 Halsted/95th and Pace route #352 will pick up on 95th between Perry and Lafayette. Pace route #395 will pick up only on 95th just west of Perry.

#108 Halsted and Pace routes #352, #359, #381 and 3395 will only drop off on State between 94th and 95th.

The following CTA routes will not be affected during this phase: #N5 South Shore Night Bus, #N9 Ashland Night Bus, #95E 93rd/95th, #95 West 95th and #112 Vincennes/111th.

Additionally, passengers taking Greyhound buses will be picked up and dropped off on Lafayette, just south of 94th, although the ticket office in the 95th Street Station will remain open.

The reconstruction of the 95th Street bus turnaround is the first activity in the larger Dan Ryan Red Line Rehabilitation Project and involves replacing the bridge deck, bus lanes, curbs, sidewalks and passenger islands, and refurbishing barriers and fencing. The lighting system also will be replaced.

When the entire project is completed in fall 2006, the CTA will have rehabilitated bus bridges at 69th and 95th Streets, improved signal, communications and power substation systems and renovated seven of the most heavily used stations located between Cermak Road and 95th Street.

Funding is provided by Illinois FIRST, the Federal Transit Administration and the Regional Transportation Authority.

The Red Line is the busiest rail line in the CTA system, totaling 64.7 million rides in 2002.

Information on this project and all CTA service is available on the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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