“The Near West Side could be at the center of the newest plan to speed up transit in Chicago, with a potential speedy new bus line. …. If the project goes through in Chicago, it could potentially add the first major north-to-south rapid transit line in the city that doesn’t go through the Loop. The CTA said the study will look at how feasible a rapid-transit bus system would be in the western corridor, looking at details spanning like parking, traffic patterns and the impact of adding a dedicated bus lane….” ..read more in this recent article in The Chicago Journal. We’re not sure why the CTA can’t simply reinstate the X49 ( Express bus service on Western Avenue) which could be done without any streetscaping, though.