UNCROWDING CROWDED STREET

In order to relieve the congestion that charaterizes State Street, Chicago's busiest street, a transit mall is scheduled to be created in 1977. An interagency task force came up with a plan calling for the restriction of vehicular traffic, allowing only pedestrians and buses and emergency vehicles. Three basic objectives are behind the mall scheme: the improvement of State Street's pedestrian environment, the improvement of public transportation services in downtown Chicago, and the provision of an economic stimulus to the State Street business community. Several useful, as well as esthetic, improvements will be made such as shelters, escalators leading to subways, trees, etc. The bus system will be systematized, and provision for taxi stands will be made on the cross streets, which will still be open to traffic. Side street loading for delivery trucks will be designated, and traffic control measures are planned for the traffic that must be rerouted from State Street. The area computerized traffic signal system, a parking ban on streets in the Loop area, and exclusive reverse flow bus lanes are all measures that will increase traffic flow speed and vehicle capacity on the streets. The idea of a "mall" is descended from the Middle Ages, where its purpose was to promote interaction and communication. Today's transit malls have begun to do that again, as well as promote transportation and economic improvements. After grant applications are filed and the final design stage completed, construction on the Chicago Transit Mall will get under way.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chicago Department of Public Works

    121 North LaSalle Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60602
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 10-13
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM