Madison Street

Overview

The Madison Street Line links the United Center entertainment district with Ogilvie Transportation Center, the Loop, and Millennium Park.

 

Right-of-way

It runs in a dedicated lane along the entire length and with signal priority at intersections to keep it moving even at rush hour.

 

Route

The Madison Street Line runs back and forth on Madison between the United Center and Millennium Park. From Canal to Michigan, Madison Street becomes two-way and open only to streetcars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Ridership

Every morning something like 85,000 people walk over the bridges between the West Loop train stations and the Loop because it’s faster than taking a bus. The Madison and Jackson Lines offer commuter rail passengers fast-and-frequent last-mile rail service from directly above the platform. The rapid link to the Loop and Metra stations allows the United Center to develop its sea of parking into an entertainment district.

 

Bus

This line replaces the local bus service in the corridor.

 

Length: 2.6 miles
Stops: 12 (4.3 per mile)
Average speed: 7-9 mph