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Chicago announces first five “Better Streets for Buses” corridors

Chicago announces first five “Better Streets for Buses” corridors

Chicago announces first five “Better Streets for Buses” corridors

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the first five corridors that will be covered by its Better Streets for Buses Plan.

According to an agency press release, “Using an Invest in Cook grant to conduct a bus priority corridor study, CTA and CDOT plan to examine Pulaski Road, Western Avenue, Cottage Grove Avenue, Fullerton Avenue, and 55th Street. Nearly 74,000 passengers travel through one of these five corridors along ten (10) bus routes on an average weekday.”

The study will develop concepts to improve corridors and achieve more efficient bus travel. “Better Streets for Buses is a framework plan that offers a menu of improvements based on the needs of a specific corridor. Additional planning work is needed to develop specific designs; the Bus Priority Corridor Study will do just that for the five selected corridors and is an important step toward implementing robust bus priority projects in Chicago.”

The program has resulted in several immediate projects, including bus priority lanes on Chicago Avenue, which significantly improved bus speeds. “Implementation of additional, complementary bus service improvement projects will occur through existing CTA-CDOT programs, such as the Bus Priority Zones (BPZ) program. The BPZ program consists of smaller-scale street treatment projects that focus on critical points along major bus corridors to improve bus service reliability along the entire route.”