This week the CTA board signed off on two new bus pilots, modifying the #52 Kedzie/California and #94 South California routes, and extending the #157 Streeterville/Taylor route. The agency says these changes will improve transit connections for several West Side neighborhoods.
“Even comparatively small changes to our bus routes can have a positive impact on overall transit service throughout Chicago,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. in a statement “By making these small changes we are creating new and much-needed transit connections that will help thousands of riders get to their destinations in a more reliable and efficient manner, while also help foster continued growth in these West Side communities.”
The changes will take effect in mid-April 2020, and the pilot will run for a year. During this time, CTA staff will keep track of ridership and customer feedback, and then make a recommendation to the board about whether to make the adjustments permanent.
In recent years the agency piloted new routes on Lincoln Avenue and 31st Street, but the service was only available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and ridership was modest. The Lincoln pilot was canceled, and the 31st route was almost nixed, but was given a reprieve after heavy lobbying from local residents and politicians.
#52 Kedzie/California & #94 South California Realignment
As part of the new plan, the CTA will rename and adjust the adjacent #52 Kedzie/California and #94 South California routes with the stated goal of providing riders with more streamlined service along the street grid, while improving connections to the Green Line.
Beginning on Sunday, April 19, the new #52 Kedzie route will only operate between 63rd/Kedzie and Chicago/Sacramento via Kedzie Avenue.