June 22, 2000

Two CTA express bus lines that provide rush period service between Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center (North Western Station) and Navy Pier will begin a temporary new routing Monday, June 26, to better serve customers with destinations north of the Chicago River while work continues on the reconstruction of Wacker Drive.

The new routing for #120 North Western/Wacker and #121 Union/Wacker Express buses will bypass Wacker entirely, and will more effectively serve lower Michigan Avenue north of the river instead of crossing the river on Columbus. Illinois Center will continue to be served by #122 Illinois Center/North Western and #123 Illinois Center/Union Express buses, which for now will keep operating on upper Wacker and South Water.

Beginning June 26, #120 buses leaving the Ogilvie Center (southbound on Canal) will operate via Washington, LaSalle and Illinois, making their first stop eastbound on Illinois at Michigan. Additional stops will be made on Illinois at Columbus, McClurg, Peshtigo and Lake Shore before the buses reach the terminal at Navy Pier. #120 Buses returning to the Ogilvie Center will make the same local stops westbound on Grand before running express from Michigan via Grand, Clark and Randolph back to Canal.

#121 buses will use a similar routing from the (southbound) Canal Street side of Union Station. After operating east on Jackson, the buses will go north on LaSalle and east on Illinois, making their first stop at Michigan on their way to Navy Pier. On return trips to Union Station, #121 buses will make local stops on Grand to Michigan before running express via Grand, Clark and Adams to Canal.

Customers riding #120 and #121 buses away from the Metra stations in the morning and toward the stations in afternoon rush periods pay the rush shuttle fare of $1. Regular fares apply to trips taken in the opposite direction.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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