Last week I reported that the #151 Sheridan nightowl service was being eliminated, among other service changes that went into effect March 31. It turns out the CTA also is increasing service, though that news was not so prominently spotlighted. So here you go, according to a CTA spokesperson:
- Three additional Blue Line PM trips
- Adding 1-3 weekday peak period trips on 7 routes (#49 Western, #82 Kimball/Homan, #147 Inner Drive Express, #156 LaSalle).
- Increasing capacity by assigning larger buses at certain points (60-foot articulated buses versus standard 40-foot buses) on the #49 Western (AM peak) and the #82 Kimball/Homan (PM peak)
- Lengthening three trips on the #72 North to the full length of the route (AM peak); shifting frequency to best meet peak AM demand; and increasing frequency of service (PM peak)
- Lengthening trips and adding trips to the #65 Grand (alternative for #33 customers) (AM peak)
- Extending #52 Kedzie/California to Addison/Rockwell
- Shifting #70 Division frequency in PM peak to better address ridership demand
- Assigned larger, articulated buses and shifted frequency in peak PM period for #82 Kimball/Homan
- #125 Water Tower Express assigned larger articulated buses (alternative for #33 customers, which was eliminated)
Other route changes are frequency-only that will change the time between buses between 2 and 10 minutes, and a small number of buses will see length of service end earlier in the evening, based on ridership demand for those routes. Changes include:
- Frequency changes to the #30 South Chicago; #51 51st; #55A Austin and 55N Narragansett; #54B South Cicero; #62H Archer/Harlem; #96 Lunt; #100 Jeffery Manor Express; #201 Central/Ridge
- Route changes include the elimination of the #33, a route contracted with a third party for which a new subsidy could not be negotiated
- Reduction in frequency and hours, including ending service 30 minutes to an hour earlier in the evening, for #48 South Damen; #54A N. Cicero/Skokie Blvd.; #85A North Central; and #88 Higgins
The spring pick by union bus and rail operators, which includes several of these changes effective March 31, also makes accommodations for extensive additional bus service related to the Red Line South Reconstruction Project, which will begin May 19 and require a five-month shutdown of the Red Line between 22nd and 95th streets. CTA will provide additional service on existing bus routes and free bus shuttles from Red Line stations from 63rd to 95th, as well as between Roosevelt and Chinatown/Cermak.