Chicago: City announces rear-door boarding, 'drop-off only' routes for CTA buses due to virus outbreak
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Transit Authority announced new efforts Thursday to keep bus drivers and passengers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Thursday, April 9, CTA will implement new rear-door boarding and operational changes for buses.
The new policy will direct passengers to board and exit busses through the rear entry rather than the front.
The change is designed to promote social distancing among passengers and CTA bus operators.
CTA will also introduce bus crowding management, giving bus operators the authority to run as "drop-off only" and bypass certain bus stops if their bus is becoming crowded.
Operators will use the guideline of 15 or more passengers on a standard 40-foot bus, 22 or more passengers on a 60-foot articulated bus.