Today’s Headlines

  • Emanuel, Quinn Break Ground on Wilson Red Line Station Reconstruction (NBC)
  • Wilson Improvements Will Include New System to Minimize Train Track Noise (RedEye)
  • Driver Leaving Parking Lot Fatally Strikes Woman in Wicker Park (RedEye)
  • West Chicago Man Held on Bond After DUI Crash That Killed Father of 2 (CBS)
  • Police Investigating Alleged Rape of a Customer By Local Uber Driver (DNA)
  • Lastest Target of a Crash-and-Grab Burglary Is a Marquette Park Pawn Shop (DNA)
  • Chinatown Vision Plan Calls for Fixing Dangerous Intersections (DNA)
  • Ordinance Requiring Higher Ethanol Levels at Gas Stations Passes in Committee (Tribune)
  • Delays on Milwaukee District / West Line After Derailment Near Bensenville (NBC)
  • Study: Chicago Transit Riders Spend About a Half Hour A Day Waiting for Buses & Trains (Tribune)
  • Chicago Velo Campus Plans to Close Velodrome, Marcus Moore Wants to Save It (Newcity)

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  • Social_werkk

    If the CTA wants to know why bus ridership is down, look no further than the wait for buses and the fact that buses are often stuck in traffic with all the other vehicles on the road. Until buses have signal priority and dedicated lanes on the majority of routes I predict bus ridership will stay down.

    I count myself as one of the lucky ones to live close to a 24 hours CTA rail line and a plethora of bus routes. My neighborhood is also highly walkable with lots of restaurants and shops. It’s a shame that the CTA isn’t a word-class system for ALL of the people who utilize the service.

  • Check out our story on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s “Transit Woes” campaign: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/12/09/mpc-hopes-transportation-woes-survey-will-get-lawmakers-attention/

  • Social_werkk

    Ha ha, thank you, John. I am on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s email list and I received the survey about 60-90 minutes ago. I’m all on board!

    I found out about MPC through this blog. I’ve been a loyal reader for a while, even when I didn’t live in the city. =)

  • Matt F

    what’s sad is that the Chicago’s mass transit is still among the best in the country and yet terrible on a world-scale. Mostly sad for me bc I just moved to Seattle