Bus Boarding Islands
Bus boarding islands are exclusive spaces for people awaiting, boarding, and alighting public buses. Unlike a traditional bus stop, a boarding island is installed in between a vehicle travel lane on one side and a protected bikeway on the other side, with a short crosswalk for bus riders to cross the bikeway for sidewalk access. CDOT works closely with CTA to develop a variety of bus boarding island designs which enhance bus operations and eliminate bus-bike conflicts at bus stops.
- Streamlines transit travel and saves time, as buses won't need to merge in and out of traffic or cross over bikeways at service stops
- Gives bus riders a more comfortable, dedicated space for boarding and alighting
- Prevents hazardous, illegal parking in curbside bus stops which can force passengers to alight into active travel lanes or bikeways
- Reduces crossing distance for people walkinge ie ntersection
In 2022, seven new bus boarding islands were added to North Milwaukee Avenue between Chicago Avenue and Division Street. These were installed as part of a resurfacing project that also upgraded the bikeway from a buffered bike lane to a protected bike lane. Bus boarding islands will become a regular feature of protected bike lanes along bus routes, with dozens of locations already planned and under design.