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The Loop Link Project

The City of Chicago is bringing The Loop Link to the Central Loop.

It’s 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, the Loop Link moves people quickly using dedicated bus lanes while making limited stops at train-like stations along the way.

The Loop Link uses 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 has also 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. 

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, Loop Link improves everyday life for residents, employees and visitors.



Faster and more reliable bus service:

  • Nearly 30,000 people per day can stay on schedule with buses that avoid traffic and subsequent bus build-up using dedicated lanes and traffic signal upgrades that provide buses an early green light.
  • Riders now get on and off at stations that make it easy for everyone to safely board, including seniors and people using wheelchairs or pushing strollers.
  • Riders will stay comfortable and dry at longer, covered stations equipped with Bus Tracker displays and other amenities.
  • Every weekday, 1,000 buses traveling across Chicago on six different routes will utilize the Loop Link corridor, making it easier for more people to access jobs, shopping and attractions downtown. The Loop Link will make it easier for families to use Metra or the CTA to connect to attractions in Streeterville and River North, such as Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Children’s Museum.


Saves drivers time and money:

  • With buses in dedicated lanes, drivers no longer encounter congestion behind buses while moving through the Loop, cutting down on wasted gas and idle time in traffic.
  • Faster, more reliable bus service will encourage more people to take public transportation instead of driving.
  • Just one BRT bus can take as many as 60 cars off of the road.
  • People who switch from driving a car to riding the Loop Link will save the time and expense required to get gas, find parking, keep up with car maintenance and pay traffic tickets.


Creates a safer downtown for bicyclists:

  • People can bike through downtown more safely with new protected bike lanes on Randolph, Washington and Clinton.
  • Clears sidewalk space for pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians will enjoy more sidewalk space with the removal of some bus shelters from sidewalks along Washington and Madison.


Washington Street with BRT