City Plans To Add More Bus-Only Lanes To Help Eliminate Traffic, Road Congestion

Nancy Harty
October 18, 2019 - 4:38 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- CTA bus rides could become a lot faster in the future as the city plans to add more bus-only lanes.  

The Lightfoot administration is devoting $20 million dollars to seven new bus priority zones that would attempt to eliminate slow zones in congested areas.

Construction is slated to begin on routes along Halsted, Western, Pulaski, 63rd, Chicago Ave, Belmont and 79th Street in 2021.

Tom Carney, Lightfoot's interim transportation commissioner, said the administration looked at individual traffic patterns and streets with pinch points that keep areas congested.

"We take it block by block and collabpration with CTA on  where their bus stops are," Carney said. 

The changes will involve dedicated lanes, altering traffic signals and more signs. 

Mayor Lightfoot hopes those adjustments will improve bus times and get more people riding them and out of their cars.