Durbin: CTA to Receive $1.6 Million for Chicago Western Corridor Rapid Transit Bus Network Project

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) ) today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has awarded a $1,600,000 grant to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to help plan for a bus rapid transit system deployment along the CTA’s Western Corridor that will enhance public transportation access and choices for roughly 250,000 residents.


“Today’s funding will help decrease travel times, improve reliability, and expand public transit choices,” said Durbin. “It will help make our public transit system a more attractive option for more than a quarter of a million Chicagoans by enhancing job accessibility and reducing transportation expenses.”


CTA’s Western Corridor stretches 21 square miles from Howard Street on the north, Ashland Avenue on the east, 95th Street on the south, and Western Avenue on the west. Bus rapid transit service in the Western Corridor will help fill gaps between CTA’s rail lines. This will expand access to more than 135,000 area residents, enhance transit choices for roughly 100,000 additional residents and help residents reduce their transportation expenses.