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Chicago & 56th Street Station

Chicago & 56th Street - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Intersection 
location
Chicago & 56th Street
Platform location

Southbound: Farside of 56th Street on southwest corner

Northbound: Nearside of 56th Street on southeast corner

Southern half of intersection maintains better constructability due to northern half’s hilly topography. 4-way stop control mitigates northbound nearside sightline issues.

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

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Chicago and 56th Street Station. Northbound near side 56th Street on Chicago Avenue. Southbound far side 56th Street on Chicago Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.75 mi to Portland & 60th Street
Longer station spacing than guidelines due to lower ridership segment and lower-density land uses.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to Chicago & 52nd Street
Within guidelines of about half-mile average station spacing.

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

About 80 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop
Southbound and northbound: At existing bus stop
Connecting service Routes 14, 111, and 552
Parking changes

Southbound: No changes

Northbound: Reduction of about 2-3 parking spaces
Existing bus stop zone would be extended to accommodate curb taper.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: Bumpout
Bumpouts will maximize operational efficiency and pedestrian space.

Platform length

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

Design considerations: General station concept

  • Station design considerations in 2018 will require coordination to account for any impacts to the adjacent Todd Park.
 

Other station locations considered: Chicago & 54th Street

The 2012 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study (ATCS) included a conceptual Chicago & 54th Street station. This station plan does not include a D Line station at Chicago & 54th Street.

Constructability

  • Driveway access substantially limits available platform length at three out of four corners at Chicago and 54th Street. As a result, a station at this location is not feasible.

Ridership

  • In addition, ridership is substantially lower at 54th Street (about 20 total daily weekday boardings) compared to 56th Street (about 70).
 

Other station locations considered: Chicago & 60th Street

The 2012 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study (ATCS) included a conceptual Chicago & 60th Street station. This station plan does not include a D Line station at Chicago and 60th Street.

Ridership and station spacing

  • Existing ridership and lower-density residential land uses in this segment of the D Line corridor do not support the inclusion of a station at Chicago and 60th Street.
 
  • All customers except those currently boarding at Chicago and 59th Street would be within a quarter-mile walk to a D Line station. Riders currently boarding at Chicago and 59th Street (about five total boardings per day) would be able to access the planned Portland & 60th Street D Line station by walking about a third of a mile. Access to Route 5 will remain at bus stops on every block.

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