New Union Station Transit Center to open Sunday

CHICAGO -- Chicago’s new Union Station Transit Center is set to open on Sunday.

The land used to be a parking lot, on  the southwest corner of Jackson and Canal across the street from Union Station. Starting Sunday it will become a transit center for commuters in The Loop.

Today the city cut the ribbon on the new transit center.

Starting Sunday buses will come off Canal to the new transit center to help improve traffic flow around Union Station.

Commuters will be able to hop on or off buses from six CTA routes and get to Union Station through an underground tunnel to connect with Metra and Amtrak.

As for the the restoration and renovation of Union Station itself, design work is underway for larger concourses and wider platforms.

Six CTA bus routes will operate at the USTC: #1 Bronzeville/Union (Will stop at Jackson Blvd.), # 28 Stony Island; #121 Union/Streeterville Express (Will stop at Jackson Blvd.), #124 Navy Pier, #151 Sheridan and #156 LaSalle.