WICKER PARK — Two CTA bus stops have been eliminated and four others moved as part of a Chicago Department of Transportation pilot project that recently added "dashed bike lanes" to a busy stretch of Milwaukee Avenue.
Brian Steele, a CTA spokesman, said the bus stop changes took effect Friday, at the start of the service day.
A CTA No. 56 Milwaukee Avenue bus stop at Milwaukee and Ashland avenues near the Polish Triangle and a No. 50 Damen Avenue stop in front of Walgreens at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. were eliminated.
There are additional bus stops in close proximity to both of the removed stops.
The eliminated stop in front of the Walgreen's now features bright green pavement markings on the street where the bus parked, clearly marking the space for cyclists.
Steele said the new bus stop configurations are not a temporary test and as, with all stops, the CTA will "continue to monitor their performance to see if any further adjustments are needed."
The dashed bike lanes and intersection markers were painted on the pavement late last month, and earlier this week, signs explaining the bike lanes were posted to several intersections along the 1.2-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Division Street and Western avenue where.
The bus stop changes:
- Eliminated SB Milwaukee at Ashland
- Relocated NB Milwaukee at Paulina to Farside of Intersection
- Eliminated SB Damen at Milwaukee/North
- Relocated SB Milwaukee at Caton to Farside of Intersection
- Relocated NB Milwaukee at Leavitt to Nearside of Intersection
- Relocated SB Milwaukee at Western to Farside of Inrersection