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American & Portland-Chicago Station

American & Portland-Chicago - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
American & Portland-Chicago
Platform location

Southbound: To be determined
Area of interest spans from midblock to nearside of Chicago; final location dependent upon further coordination with City of Bloomington

Northbound: Midblock between Portland and Chicago
At existing bus stop with adequate platform length available

*Final conditions to be developed during the engineering/design process.

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American and Portland-Chicago Station. Northbound mid block Portland Avenue and Chicago Avenue on American Boulevard. Southbound mid block Portland Avenue and Chicago Avenue on American Boulevard.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.5 mi to American & Bloomington
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to Portland & 77th Street
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Existing ridership within
a block, or about 1/8 mile
(Fall 2016)

About 220 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop

Southbound: To be determined
Existing bus stops at Portland and Chicago; potential for new midblock location dependent upon further coordination with City of Bloomington

Northbound: At existing bus stop

Connecting service Routes 542 and 553
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: No changes

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: No bumpout; maintain existing curbline
No change anticipated to curblines at existing transit stops.

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform
Platforms will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Planning consideration: Shared station with future American Boulevard rapid bus service


Other platform locations considered: Southbound platform midblock or nearside of Chicago Avenue

  • This station plan recommends a general area of interest for the southbound platform between a midblock location and Chicago Avenue. A southbound midblock platform location is preferred if pedestrians can reach it safely using a pedestrian crossing.

Potential midblock pedestrian crossing improvement

  • Today, pedestrians and transit customers frequently make unprotected midblock crossings of American Boulevard.

  • If ongoing project coordination with the City of Bloomington determines a midblock pedestrian crossing is not feasible, then the final southbound platform location will be nearside of Chicago to utilize the existing signalized crossing.

Other station locations considered: American & Portland

The 2012 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study (ATCS) included a conceptual American & Portland station. This station plan does not include a D Line station at American and Portland.

  • Ridership and pedestrian movements are more focused eastward from Portland.

  • Coordination with the City of Bloomington indicates a preference to locate rapid bus platforms away from the busy intersection of Portland and American to reduce traffic complications and improve overall safety.


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