CTA Launches New Bus Pilot To Improve West Side Transit Connections

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot and the CTA announced Tuesday the launch of a new one-year pilot to extend the #157 Streeterville/Taylor bus route in a comprehensive effort to provide greater transit connections on the city’s West Side.

Building on the Mayor’s unprecedented INVEST South/West community investment initiative, the new pilot represents the latest in CTA’s ongoing efforts to improve bus service and transportation in key corridors on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

The #157 route will now travel further west making new, direct connections with the #21 Cermak, #52 Kedzie, #53 Pulaski and #82 Kimball/Homan bus routes, as well as the Pulaski and Central Park Pink Line stations.

The Mayor's Office said, for customers and members of the North Lawndale community, this change in service also means improved access to jobs, healthcare, schools and other services, including the Illinois Medical District (IMD), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Mt. Sinai Hospital medical campus, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and the Lawndale Christian Health Center.

The #157 pilot was approved by the Chicago Transit Board earlier this year, along with another pilot to improve West Side transit by streamlining bus service along Kedzie and California avenues via the newly renamed and realigned #52 Kedzie and #94 California bus routes.