Buses make up 4 percent of traffic but carry 50 percent of people in downtown Chicago, according to Rebekah Scheinfield, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation. Scheinfield spoke on "Moving People" at the GreenTown Chicago conference at UIC on May 22. Despite busses' efficiency, few dedicated bus lanes exist in the Loop, and those that do exist are frequently ignored by automobile drivers. The city's new Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor, beginning construction this year, will give busses priority amid the congestion. Bus-only lanes along Washington and Madison streets will improve connections to Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Station, North Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. The corridor, which will be anchored by a new bus terminal at Union Station, is projected to be served by 1,000 buses per day, making it one of the busiest bus routes in the nation. The project is financed by a $24.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant and $7.3 in local Tax Increment Financing funds.
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