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Chicago-Lake Transit Center

Chicago-Lake Transit Center

Chicago-Lake Transit Center - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Chicago-Lake Transit Center
Platform location

Southbound: Farside of transit center driveway
Farside location on-street prioritizes improved travel times by no longer turning into the Chicago-Lake Transit Center.

Northbound: Farside of transit center driveway
Farside at existing stop has adequate platform length available and is preferred to maximize transit signal priority potential.

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

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Chicago - Lake Transit Center. Northbound far side Transit Center driveway on Chicago Avenue. Southbound far side Transit Center driveway on Chicago Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.5 mi to Chicago & 34th Street
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Northbound: About 0.4 mi to Chicago & 26th Street
Slightly shorter station spacing than guidelines due to high-ridership segment.

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

About 1,500 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop

Southbound: Leaves existing off-street stop at Chicago-Lake Transit Center and instead serves Chicago Avenue on-street.

Northbound: At existing stop

Connecting service Routes 21, 27, 39, and 53
Parking changes

Southbound: Reduction of about 3-5 parking spaces, due to the relocation of existing bus stop

Northbound: No changes

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.

Other station locations considered: Chicago-Lake Planning Study

Planning for this D Line stop was conducted during the Chicago-Lake Planning Study in 2017.


  • Today, at the Chicago-Lake Transit Center, there are 1,500 average daily weekday Route 5 boardings. This is the highest ridership point on the Route 5, outside of downtown Minneapolis.

  • The Chicago-Lake Transit Center serves as a major transfer point for customers traveling on Routes 5, 21, and 53.

  • The existing Route 5 southbound stop is located off Chicago Avenue on the transit center driveway entrance to the Midtown Exchange building. This requires southbound Route 5 buses to make multiple turning movements, resulting in about three minutes of travel delay and poor on-time reliability.

  • Metro Transit completed a Chicago-Lake planning study to consider alternative platform options to provide a faster and more reliable trip.

Study process

  • Evaluation of travel times, traffic impacts, transfer movements across routes, and pedestrian access

  • Interviews with Metro Transit police, operations, and maintenance departments about how the transit facility functions today

  • Customer surveys and conversations with neighborhood groups and small businesses

Study recommendation

  • The study recommendation locates both the northbound and southbound platforms on the farside of the existing transit center driveway. Three primary considerations of this recommendation include:
    • Maintaining the ease of existing transfer activity: It is estimated that about 50-75 percent of existing customers transfer between routes at this location. The proximity of recommended D Line platforms to the transit center prioritizes the continued ease of these transfers.

    • Positioning with long-term transitway planning: Recommended D Line platforms are located between the planned B Line rapid bus (Lake Street corridor) and Midtown rail (Midtown Greenway corridor) services.

    • Minimizing traffic impacts: Traffic evaluation indicated minimized traffic impacts by locating platform north of congestion at Chicago and Lake, especially in the southbound direction.