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Improving South Halsted Bus Service Focus Of New CTA Study

By Andrea V. Watson | July 12, 2017 4:46pm | Updated on July 14, 2017 11:28am
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CHICAGO— The CTA will conduct a study this summer with PACE to find ways to make service run more smoothly along an 11-mile portion of South Halsted Street.

The study will look for ways to improve service reliability and safety for the more than 11,000 customers from the Far South Side and south suburbs who travel through the corridor and connect to the 95th and 79th Street CTA Red Line stations each weekday.

The study will assess the four CTA and Pace routes that serve South Halsted. They'll look at ways to improve the service coordination, bus stop spacing and enhanced boarding areas. Also, the study will look at elements of the Bus Rapid Transit such as dedicated bus lanes and the installation of traffic signals and “queue jumps” that prioritize buses at busy intersections.

“Mayor Emanuel and I have placed a high priority on making our customers’ commutes better, including improving bus service,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “Our goal is to improve bus speeds and service reliability and other ways to make the customer experience more pleasant, in the way that we’ve made improvements elsewhere on our bus system.”

The CTA earlier this year received a federal grant through the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency’s (CMAP) Unified Work Program (UWP) to do the South Halsted Corridor Enhanced Bus Feasibility and Planning Study.