Superloop

Overview

The Superloop links the West Loop train stations with River North jobs and Navy Pier to the north, and with the Museum Campus and McCormick Place to the south.

 

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 Superloop runs from Navy Pier westward on Illinois, under Pioneer Court and the Mag Mile, past the Merchandise Mart on Kinzie, and then south on Canal Street right above the underground train platforms at Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station. From Kinzie to Congress, Canal Street is open only to streetcars, bicyclists, and pedestrians; buses, cars, and taxis use Clinton. The Superloop turns east on Roosevelt, out through the Museum Campus, and back to the plaza at McCormick Place. The Superloop also clears the way for a safe cycling route between Milwaukee Ave, the Mag Mile, and the Lakefront Trail.

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Ridership

Mayor Emanuel created transportation task forces last year to study how to improve transit to the Museum Campus and to River North/Streeterville. The Superloop does both. It gets visitors to the Museum Campus without driving and parking (tourists are reluctant to take the bus). It works even when the area is choked with car traffic during events at Soldier Field, and the ride itself is sure to be an attraction. It moves tourists between Navy Pier and the Mag Mile, and gives workers in River North and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital District a way to get to work without filling the Streeterville neighborhood with car traffic. It grows commuter rail ridership with first-class last-mile service between Metra stations and job centers around the Loop, and expands the central business district south and west.

 

Length: 6.6 miles
Stops 20 (2.9 per mile)
Average speed: 11-13 mph