Today’s Headlines

  • 120-Plus People Showed Up for North Side BRT Hearing (Expired Meter)
  • More Writeups of the South Side Open House (DNA, Chicagoist, Medill)
  • Tranpo Experts: BRT Is an Affordable Way to Build New Rapid Transit Lines (Medill)
  • Father Pfleger Accuses CTA Union Boss of Killing Ex-Offender Program (Tribune)
  • All CTA Buses Have Been Outfitted With Better Ventra Software (Sun-Times)
  • Evanston Reaches 5.25-Percent Bike Mode Share (Active Trans)
  • London bike-Share Has Hit a Speed Bump, But Divvy Is Cruising Along (Crain’s)
  • Ambulance Driver, a Repeat Offender, Charged With DUI after Crash (RedEye)
  • Rahm: Winter Divvy Riding Is Safe, But Use Common Sense (DNA)
  • Online CTA Equipment Auction: Buy Yourself a Third Rail (Tribune, Chicagoist)

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Today’s Headlines

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CDOT Announces Bike Share System, Called “Divvy” Will Launch This Spring (Tribune) Illinois Senate Votes for School Bus Safety Cameras; Drivers Whine (Tribune, Expired Meter) Lawsuit Over Fatal 2012 Megabus Crash (Tribune) Ashland Overpass at Pershing Slated for Demolition (DNA) Driver Shot to Death in West Pullman, Crashes Into House (Tribune) Motorist Exposes Himself, Then […]

Central Loop BRT Will Skimp On Key “Rapid” Features

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The Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit project will launch without key features that distinguish BRT from conventional bus service. The busways, which the Chicago Department of Transportation will begin building later this year, will include most of BRT’s concrete features, like high-level bus-boarding platforms and dedicated lanes. These features will undoubtedly speed up six Chicago […]

How BRT Can Build Chicago’s Economy as Well as Improve Mobility

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As planning advances for Chicago’s first full-fledged Bus Rapid Transit routes, public officials and advocates are starting to make the case that new, high-quality bus service is about more than getting people from point A to point B quickly and reliably. Those mobility benefits will be significant, but if BRT succeeds at improving transit trips […]

CTA: Some Local Bus Service Would Be Maintained on BRT Routes

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After Streetsblog Chicago readers voiced concerns that eliminating local bus stops on bus rapid transit streets would hurt senior citizens and people with disabilities, I contacted CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis, who confirmed that at least part, if not all, of current service would be preserved. “CTA would retain some local service, which provides immediate access […]