The Quincy “L” station opened in 1897, making it almost 120 years old. It is one of the busiest stations on the CTA system, providing more than 2.2 million rides annually on the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple lines. The station also serves as a major-modal transfer point for 10 bus routes, and it is a connection for both Union Station and the LaSalle Street Metra Station.
The city’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) is set to begin service this Sunday, December 20. Called Loop Link, the project aims to make it easier, safer and more reliable for Loop commuters by providing a balanced separation of CTA bus, bike and regular traffic.
The western extension of the Chicago Riverwalk will open this weekend, bringing a range of new outdoor attractions to the Loop just in time for summer.
Construction has begun on two major transportation projects in the Loop. On Monday, March 16, the Chicago Department of Transportation's (CDOT) demolition of the existing Madison/Wabash station will start in order to make way for the new, modern Washington/Wabash 'L' station on the next block north. Also on Monday, CDOT will begin construction of the new Loop Link bus rapid transit system.
On August 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein announced plans to install the first protected bike lanes in the Loop later this year. The announcement is part of the ambitious Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, which aims to "identify a network of innovative bicycle facilities that will encourage all Chicagoans to use their bikes to get around their neighborhoods."