The Alderman’s office has provided erroneous information about the rerouting of the #155 (Devon) bus while sewers are being replaced at Mozart. We are three days into this construction and none of the parties in charge have bothered to keep one another informed. There is no signage advising of the bus reroute at any of the CTA stops west of either Western or California. There are no signs advising motorists not to park or stand in what are now the new, temporary bus lanes. And it doesn’t appear as though all CTA drivers got the new route message, either.
I called the CTA for the correct information. Westbound buses will NOT turn south at Western Avenue but will continue westbound to California Avenue, where they will turn south to Peterson, then continue West to Lincoln, from Lincoln to Kedzie, and then from Kedzie back to Devon.
This morning while I was waiting for a northbound California bus I saw two #155 buses turn north on California, leaving passengers stranded on Devon just to the west. Worse, there was a car standing in what should have been the bus lane, forcing the bus to board and deboard its passengers at a 90—degree angle to the street, delaying traffic turning north onto California, and blocking westbound traffic on Devon.
The road closure sign on Devon doesn’t appear until Talman, so how are drivers supposed to know that they should turn south or north at Western? There is a second road closure sign at California but drivers westbound this morning seemed confused by it, with several drivers being unable to stop in time to turn north or south onto California. If there’s a truck or an oversized van ahead of you, you won’t see the sign until you’re on top of it.
Honestly, how hard can it be to coordinate a project like this? Isn’t this what the alderman’s office is supposed to do? Didn’t the alderman get together with the City and the CTA to ensure that this project could proceed smoothly? Didn’t she realize that pedestrians, drivers, and bus riders would need to be notified, that temporary parking restriction signs would have to be put in plae so that bus passengers could get on and off buses safely, that visible signage is required? Isn’t it her job to see to it that everybody involved does what they are supposed to do?
Maybe Silverstein should get out of her office and out of her car and start paying attention to the details involved in projects like this. Maybe if she’d take a walk to see how things are being done, she’d find out that they aren’t.