Service Changes for 13 CTA Bus Routes due to Wacker Drive Construction

With the Wacker Drive rehabilitation project, 13 CTA bus routes that operate on or near Wacker Drive will undergo service changes at the start of service on Monday, January 3.

Construction on Wacker Drive will result in a number of street closures that affect service on the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick, #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express, #121 Union/Wacker Express, #122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express, #123 Illinois Center/Union Express, #124 Navy Pier, #125 Water Tower Express, #129 West Loop/South Loop and the #157 Streeterville/Taylor.

To alert customers to these changes, CTA information specialists will be available at various locations in the downtown area during the morning, mid-day and evening rush periods on Wednesday, December 29.

Below are the details for each reroute:

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick

Routing for northbound and southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses is not affected and buses will travel over the regular route.

The following temporary changes will be made to stops served by northbound #11 buses:

  • Franklin/Monroe: buses will be unable to serve the northbound near side stop.
  • Franklin/Madison: the northbound far side stop will be relocated to a near side stop.
  • 250 N. Post Place: buses will be unable to serve the northbound mid-block stop between Lake and Wacker Drive.

#19 United Center Express

Westbound #19 United Center Express buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route from Michigan/Randolph – making all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton before operating express to the United Center.

Eastbound #19 buses will operate over the regular route along Washington to Clinton then will travel via Clinton, Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route.

The following temporary changes will be made to bus stops served by eastbound #19 buses:

  • Clinton/Madison: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Washington/Canal: buses will be unable to serve the eastbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.

#20 Madison

Westbound #20 Madison buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route. Eastbound #20 buses will operate over the regular route along Washington to Clinton then will travel via Clinton, Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to bus stops served by eastbound #20 buses:

  • Clinton/Madison: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Washington/Canal: buses will be unable to serve the eastbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.

#56 Milwaukee

Southbound #56 Milwaukee buses will operate over the regular route along Desplaines to Washington then will travel via Washington, Clinton, Monroe to Michigan before turning to begin northbound service. Northbound #56 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by southbound #56 buses:

  • Washington Street: buses will be unable to serve all bus stops eastbound along Washington Street between Clinton and Michigan.
  • Clinton/Madison: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Monroe/Franklin: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/LaSalle: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Dearborn: buses will begin serving the eastbound mid-block stop between Dearborn and State.
  • Monroe/Wabash: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.

#60 Blue Island/26th

Southbound #60 Blue Island/26th buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route. Northbound #60 buses will operate over the regular route along Canal to Monroe then will travel via Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by northbound #60 buses:

  • Canal/Madison: buses will be unable to serve the northbound far side stop.
  • Canal/Washington: buses will be unable to serve the northbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.

#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express

Due to the closure of southbound Lower Wacker Drive, westbound #120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express buses will travel over the regular route along Grand past Michigan to Wabash then will operate via Wabash, Wacker Drive, Clark, Madison to Canal before beginning eastbound service.

From Canal/Randolph, eastbound #120 buses will continue north on Canal to Lake then will travel via Lake to Post Place and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by westbound #120 buses:

  • Michigan Avenue: buses will be unable to serve stops along Michigan between Grand and Lower Wacker Drive.
  • Grand/Michigan: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • 420 N. Wabash: buses will begin serving the southbound mid-block stop along Wabash between Kinzie and Hubbard.
  • Wabash/Wacker: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Madison/Canal: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: buses will be unable to serve the southbound stop directly in front of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the far west lanes of Canal; instead, buses will serve the northbound near side stop on Canal at Randolph.

#121 Union/Wacker Express

Due to the closure of southbound Lower Wacker Drive, westbound #121 Union/Wacker Express buses will travel over the regular route along Grand past Michigan to Wabash then will operate via Wabash, Wacker Drive, Clark, Adams, Clinton to Jackson before beginning northbound service.

Eastbound #121 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by westbound #121 buses:

  • Michigan Avenue: buses will be unable to serve stops along Michigan between Grand and Lower Wacker Drive.
  • Grand/ Michigan: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • 420 N. Wabash: buses will begin serving the southbound mid-block stop along Wabash between Kinzie and Hubbard.
  • Wabash/ Wacker: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Wacker/Adams: buses will be unable to serve the southbound near side stop; this stop is only served during the morning rush period.
  • Adams/Wacker: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop; this stop is only served during the morning rush period.

#122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express

Westbound #122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express buses will operate over the regular route along Wacker Drive to Franklin then will travel via Franklin, Madison, Canal to Canal/Randolph before beginning eastbound service.

From Canal/Randolph, eastbound #122 buses will continue north on Canal to Lake then will travel via Lake to Wacker Drive and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by westbound #122 buses:

  • Wacker/Wells: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Wacker/Orleans: buses will be unable to serve the westbound far side stop.
  • Wacker/Randolph: buses will be unable to serve the southbound near side stop.
  • Madison/Canal: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: buses will be unable to serve the southbound stop directly in front of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the far west lanes of Canal; instead, buses will serve the northbound near side stop on Canal at Randolph.

The following changes will be made to stops served by eastbound #122 buses:

  • Wacker/Wells: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.

#123 Illinois Center/Union Express

Westbound #123 Illinois Center/Union Express buses will travel over the regular route along Wacker Drive to Franklin then will operate via Franklin, Adams, Clinton to Jackson before beginning eastbound service.

Eastbound buses will continue east on Jackson to Franklin then will travel via Franklin to Wacker and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by westbound #123 buses:

  • Wacker/Wells: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Wacker/Orleans: buses will be unable to serve the westbound far side stop.
  • Wacker/Adams: buses will be unable to serve the southbound near side stop; this stop is only served during the morning rush period.
  • Adams/Wacker: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop; this stop is only served during the morning rush period.

The following changes will be made to stops served by eastbound #123 buses:

  • Wacker/Lake: buses will be unable to serve the eastbound far side stop.
  • Wacker/Wells: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.

#124 Navy Pier

Eastbound #124 Navy Pier buses will travel over the regular route along Jackson to Canal then will operate via Canal past Washington to Lake then will operate via Lake to Wacker Drive and then resume the regular route. Westbound #124 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by eastbound #124 buses:

  • Wacker/Randolph: buses will be unable to serve the northbound near side stop.
  • Canal/Lake: buses will begin serving the northbound near side stop.

#125 Water Tower Express

Southbound #125 Water Tower Express buses will travel over the regular route along Wacker to Lake then will operate via Lake to Clinton and resume the regular route south on Clinton. Northbound #125 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by southbound #125 buses:

  • Wacker/Randolph: buses will be unable to serve the southbound near side stop.
  • Canal/Randolph: buses will be unable to serve the northbound near side stop.

#129 West Loop/South Loop

Reroutes will be in effect and will differ for #129 West Loop/South Loop buses during the morning and evening rush periods.

AM Rush Period Service Only

During the morning rush period, northbound #129 buses will travel over the regular route along Dearborn to Madison then will operate via Madison, Canal, Randolph, Clinton to the Ogilvie Transportation Center before beginning southbound service. Southbound #129 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by northbound #129 buses during the morning rush period only:

  • Randolph Street: buses will be unable to serve stops along Randolph between Dearborn and Canal.
  • Madison/Clark: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Madison/Wells: buses will begin serving the westbound far side stop.
  • Madison/Wacker: buses will begin serving the westbound far side stop.
  • Madison/Canal: buses will begin serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Canal/Washington: buses will begin serving the northbound near side stop.

PM Rush Period Service Only

During the evening rush period, northbound #129 buses will operate over the regular route along Canal to Washington then will travel via Canal, Randolph, Clinton to the Ogilvie Transportation Center before beginning southbound service.

From the Ogilvie Transportation Center, southbound #129 buses will continue south on Clinton to Monroe then will operate via Monroe to Clark and then resume the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by southbound #129 buses during the evening rush period only:

  • Washington Street: buses will be unable to serve stops along Washington between Canal and Clark.
  • 20 S. Clark: buses will be unable to serve the southbound mid-block stop on Clark between Madison and Monroe.
  • Clinton/Madison: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Monroe/Franklin: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/LaSalle: buses will begin serving the eastbound near side stop.

#157 Streeterville/Taylor

Eastbound #157 Streeterville/Taylor buses will travel over the regular route along Canal to Monroe then will operate via Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route. Westbound #157 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

The following changes will be made to stops served by eastbound #157 buses:

  • Canal/Madison: buses will be unable to serve the northbound far side stop.
  • Canal/Washington: buses will be unable to serve the northbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.

Due to traffic congestion and bus reroutes, the estimated arrival times for some stops in the affected area of downtown may not be accurately reflected on the Bus Tracker website when the reroutes first go into effect. Customers are encouraged to continue to use Bus Tracker when traveling along these routes as the estimated arrival times at locations outside of this area will not be impacted.

CTA Bus Tracker users will be alerted to changes along their selected routes via the Service Alert feature, which appears at the top of the estimated arrival times and map display pages. In addition, those customers who are registered to receive planned service e-mail alerts also will be notified of these reroutes and bus stop relocations.