The City of Chicago is bringing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to the Central Loop in 2014.
BRT will be a fast, easy and reliable option for getting around Chicago’s congested downtown, connecting people to jobs, businesses and attractions from Union and Ogilvie Stations to Michigan Avenue. Similar to “L” trains, BRT will move people quickly using dedicated bus lanes while making limited stops at train-like stations along the way.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) selected the proposed BRT street layout from among three options in 2012 after receiving public input, and is now entering the final stage of design. The Central Loop BRT corridor will use dedicated lanes on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal to move people through downtown, improving reliability and speed for six bus routes in the area and extending benefits to neighborhoods throughout the city where these routes originate.
Bicycle travel in the Loop will also be improved with protected bike lanes on Washington, Randolph and Clinton. In addition, the new Union Station Transit Center will help connect Metra and Amtrak riders to the CTA network, providing easy access to downtown destinations. Central Loop BRT service will begin in late 2014.
The project will strengthen Chicago’s economy by improving access to jobs and attractions downtown, while generating foot traffic to businesses along the way. By making it easier to get to work and go about daily activities, BRT will improve everyday life for residents, employees and visitors.
Faster and more reliable bus service:
Saves drivers time and money:
Creates a safer downtown for bicyclists:
CDOT welcomes feedback on the project and proposed street layout. Click here to contact the Central Loop BRT project director with questions and comments.