Plans for a Rapid-Transit System on The Near West Side

cta western bus route

“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….” 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.



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