Interactive Map: Proposed CTA Bus 'Decrowding' Plan

August 23, 2012

The Chicago Transit Authority is looking at a plan to add more service to some of its routes, while completely cutting others.

The proposal aims to reduce crowding and meet the demands of growing ridership.

A press release from the CTA stated, "The additions to service will reduce the time between trains and buses and lower peak crowd loads by 10 to 15 percent in most cases. Through the first half of 2012, CTA's ridership growth was higher than nearly every other major U.S. transit system."

A public hearing at CTA Headquarters is scheduled for September 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. for feedback.

WBEZ's Curious City is investigating what factors determine how bus routes get added or removed.  

Bus service restructuring, excerpted from the CTA Crowding Reduction Plan

Routes proposed for discontinuation

#X28 Stony Island Express (send #28 downtown during peak instead) 

#64 Foster-Canfield (Alternative #90 and Pace #209)

#69 Cumberland/East River (reroute #81W)

#122 Ill. Center/Ogilvie Express (extend #120 into Streeterville)

#123 Ill. Center/Union Express (extend #121 into Streeterville)

#129 West Loop/South Loop (Alternative #1, #29 and Green Line)

#144 Marine/Michigan Express (Add service to #148)

#145 Wilson/Michigan Express (Add service to #146)

Total = 8 

Routes proposed for discontinuation that are served by Pace

#17 Westchester (Alternative Pace #317)

#49A South Western (Alternative Pace #349)

#56A North Milwaukee (Alternative Pace #270)

#90N North Harlem (Alternative Pace #423)

Total = 4

Route segment eliminations

#1 Indiana/Hyde Park (Discontinue south of 35th )

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick (eliminate service between Western & Fullerton and rename segments #11 Lincoln and #37 Sedgwick) 

Total = 2

Route combinations

#111 Pullman/111th /115th – split into two new routes: #111 111th /King Drive and #115 Pullman/115th

Total: 1

Privately contracted routes – Renegotiate subsidy or eliminate route

#10 Museum of Science & Industry

#33 Mag Mile Express

#X98 Avon Express

#132 Goose Island Express

#169 69th -UPS Express

#170 U of C/Midway

#171 U of C/Hyde Park

#172 U of C/Kenwood

#192 U of C/Hospital Express

Total = 9 

Owl eliminations

#N201 Central/Sherman – Owl service (1:00 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.)

Total: 1

Schedule Integration with Pace

#95W West 95 th (coordinate with Pace #381)

Total: 1

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