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Chicago Breaks Ground For Loop Link Project

Chicago DOT and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) initiated construction March 16 for the Loop Link project, which will ease bus travel through the Loop (the city's central business district) with dedicated bus lanes, stations with bus-level boarding, protected bike lanes, two traffic lanes and additional sidewalk space.

"The Loop Link will provide faster, more reliable bus service to one of the most congested corridors throughout our entire bus network, serving thousands of customers each day," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "Improving the customer experience will both benefit existing bus riders and help attract new ones."

Approximately 30,000 bus riders travel across the corridor and through Union Station each day. Loop Link, which will be substantially complete by the end of 2015, is designed to provide a balanced separation of bus, bike and regular traffic lanes.

Planned improvements include red-colored pavement and enhanced signage clearly delineating the bus lanes, raised boarding platforms at eight new stations with large canopies, early green lights to allow buses to get a jump on car traffic at intersections, bus tracker screens and customer seating.

CTA also has begun work in preparation for construction of a new Washington-Wabash CTA station to replace two century-old stations at Madison and Randolph with a single, fully accessible station. This project is scheduled to last 18 months.


An artist's rendering of the completed Loop Link project showing buses entering the red designated bus lane.

Art courtesy of Chicago DOT

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