§ 9-48-050

Buses – Stopping, standing and parking

a.

The driver of a bus shall not stop such vehicle upon any street at any place for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers other than at a designated bus stop, bus stand, passenger loading zone, or bus terminal except in case of an emergency or as permitted in subsection (d) of this section.

b.

The driver of a bus shall enter a bus stop or passenger loading zone on a public way only in such a manner that the bus when stopped to load or unload passengers shall be in a position with the right front wheel of such bus not further than 18 inches from the curb, or 30 inches from the curb if the bus is lift- equipped, and the bus approximately parallel to the curb so as not to unduly impede the movement of other vehicular traffic.

c.

When any lane is designated and appropriately indicated by signs and markings for shared use by buses and bicycles, a driver of a bus shall yield to a bicycle proceeding in the same direction until it is safe to overtake such bicycle.

d.

The driver of a bus may stop such vehicle at any intersection of any street on which it has authority to operate between the hours of Midnight and 5:00 a.m. for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers.

e.

Except in case of an emergency or as permitted in subsection (d) or approved pursuant to subsection (f) of this section, a driver of an intercity bus shall not stop or park any intercity bus on Canal Street, between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard for the purpose of loading or unloading of passengers, luggage or other goods.  For the purpose of this section, “intercity bus” means any bus used for transportation of persons between the City of Chicago and locations outside of the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area (M.S.A.) (as defined by the Director of the United States Office of Management and Budget), but shall not include buses of the Chicago Transit Authority or another component of the Regional Transportation Authority, including, but not limited to, the suburban bus commonly known as “Pace.”  The prohibition in this subsection shall not apply to intercity buses or shuttle buses that are exclusively used to transfer passengers to trains operated by the National Railroad Corporation, commonly known as “Amtrak” and/or the Northeast Illinois Rail Corporation, commonly known as “Metra” at Chicago Union Station.

f.

No owner or operator of any intercity bus shall use any designated bus stop, bus stand, or passenger loading/unloading zone for regular loading or unloading of passengers, luggage or other goods without first obtaining the approval of the commissioner. Application for such approval shall be made upon a form provided by the commissioner, and shall contain the name and address of the applicant, the location of the proposed bus stop, bus stand, or passenger loading/unloading zone where such regular loading or unloading of passengers, luggage or other goods shall take place, the length of time any such bus shall stand in the proposed bus stop, bus stand, or passenger loading/unloading zone, and the number of buses that shall leave from and come to the proposed bus stop, bus stand, or passenger loading/unloading zone per day. Such application shall be signed by the applicant.

The commissioner shall approve or deny the application no later than 30 days after the application was filed.  If the commissioner denies the application, it shall be based upon a determination that the regular loading/unloading of passengers, luggage or other goods in that particular designated bus stop, bus stand, or passenger loading/unloading zone presents an unreasonable threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public or impedes the safe and efficient flow of traffic.  If the commissioner denies the application, he shall mail a notification to the applicant in writing specifying the reasons for his decision.  Any applicant may seek review of the decision of the commissioner denying such application in the manner provided by law.  The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any bus used as “Charter/sightseeing vehicle” as that term is defined in Section

9-114-010" destination-id="JD_9-114-010">9-114-010 of this Code.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 4-12-91, p. 31763; Amend Coun. J. 6-11-08, p. 29568, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-18-12, p. 19118, § 4; Amend Coun. J. 6-5-13, p. 54983, § 1)

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