Today’s Headlines

  • ITDP’s Walter Hook: Chicago’s BRT Is Being Delayed for Political Reasons (Citiscope)
  • Pawar Says He’s Dropping Support for Ashland BRT Unless Lincoln Bus Is Revived (RedEye)
  • Quinn Signs Bill Barring Transit Board Members From Holding Other Government Jobs (Fox)
  • Clergy: Public Should Have Say in Homeowner Compensation for Red Line Extension (Tribune)
  • Driver Kills Chicago Cyclist at Howard & North Branch Trail Intersection in Niles (Keating)
  • Wild West-Style Train Robbery on Orange Line, Suspects Caught on Camera (NBC, Sun-Times)
  • Internationally Renowned Artist & Architect Will Create Art for Wilson Station (DNA)
  • Drivers: Avoid These Jerk Moves That Endanger Pedestrians (John Jackson)
  • Snap a Photo of the RevBrew Pedicab to Win VIP Tix to Active Trans‘ Bike to Brew Event

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  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    So Pawar is not the savior all the political reformers thought he was. He doesn’t care about the greater good of the city.

    He’s just another politician looking to bring home the pork spending and is willing to hold up practical projects until he gets his way. He’s mentioned that he will throw significant portion of his political weight behind it for another year.

    It’s no coincidence that with an election coming up in 2015, and most of the support for this bus coming from senior citizens, who just happen to have the highest voter turnout rate, that he is doing this.

  • CL

    From the John Jackson article: “A parking car has the right of way and the cars behind are supposed to wait until the parking vehicle is clear before passing.”

    I had no idea this was the case. I hate when people wait behind me because it makes me feel embarrassed if I mess up on my first attempt…. but apparently they are following the law.

  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    #sticktosports IMO

  • Kevin M

    I can’t make up my mind if I support the continued service of the Lincoln bus. I know the Brown Line covers quite a bit of its territory, but we have the Milwaukee bus that parallels the Blue line even closer than the Lincoln does the Brown.

    I’m guessing the ridership on the Milwaukee is higher than the Lincoln, but I don’t have the data to really do this comparison.

    I agree with CDA below, the timing of Pawar’s support is obviously tied to the election that is less than a year away.

  • madopal

    I don’t have a breakdown for the various parts of the route, but the 11 bus had a peak of 4,685 in 2001, whereas the 56 had a peak ridership of 18,777 in 2002. I’m sure the discontinuing of the route was based on those numbers. The CTA also did a gathering per stop from 2012, and I’ll leave the use of the numbers as an exercise for the readers.

  • Cameron Puetz

    BRT was failing to attract support in Pawar’s ward partly because of the double standard on redundancy and it appears he is reacting to that. It’s hard to fault an elected official for reacting to their constituents concerns. Stopping BRT at Irving Park and arguing that it shouldn’t be extended north because it would be redundant with the Clark Bus (but somehow isn’t redundant with the #9 that follows the same route) made it hard for the proposal to gain much support in Ravenswood, Andersonville, and other neighborhoods near the northern parts of Ashland.

  • skyrefuge

    Unfortunately, I don’t think this is actually true. I can’t find any evidence that this is a law in Illinois (or, browsing various answers given to the question around the Internet, in any other state).

    The most-relevant thing I could find is 625 ILCS 5/11-1402:
    Limitations on backing. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.

    That certainly doesn’t sounds like right-of-way to me. Would be nice if Mr. Jackson gave a citation to back up his claim.

  • cjlane

    “BRT was failing to attract support in Pawar’s ward partly because of the double standard on redundancy”

    Bingo! Weakest part of Ashland BRT proposal is the keeping of the local, which is being done solely as a sop to those same seniors, who might otherwise object to losing “their” stop.

  • Rusty

    Hmm I’m all for increased and better transit options…but I do admit that I use Lincoln MUCH more on a bike now and it’s kinda nice not sharing narrow Lincoln ave with CTA buses… Kinda why Clybourn and Elston are fast by bicycle also actually, and Milwaukee and Clark can be incredibly slow sometimes. Thoughts??

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    It was never explained where the BRT buses would turn around and sit and wait at Ashland and Irving. North of Irving it is primarily residential and hasn’t had buses on it in over 25+ years.

  • what_eva

    It could do the same thing the current #9 does, E on Irving to Clark, NW on Clark to Southport (“terminal” at Clark/Belle Plaine), S on Southport to Irving, W on Irving to Ashland.

  • cjlane

    It *could*, but where is the IPR stop? Are the BRT buses really going to turn hard-right onto IPR from the left lane? Doesn’t seem like the smoothest plan.

    Will the city actually ban street parking bt Southport and Clark–and enforce it with towing–to allow that rush hour dance of BRT, Local 9 and 80 buses to coexist with regular traffic on that stretch?

  • Cameron Puetz

    Just because Ashland north of Irving Park is primarily residential doesn’t mean that there is no reason to bring the route further north. Many (if not most) trips either start or end at a residential location.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    And the BRT is longer than a #9 so making that turn from Clark to Southport will take more room. Whats it going to be like in the winter time. People arent going to want it running down residential Berteau 24 7. Send it up to Montrose and back down Ashland and you are basically turning Ashland into a staging area for buses waiting to begin the route if the intention is to keep a schedule like a train. Rumbling buses at night in a residential area. Not a good thing.

  • Cameron Puetz

    The two ideas that made sense to me were to run it up to Lawrence, turn west and stop at the Metra station, using Ravenswood as the staging area or run it up to Wilson, turn east and stop at the rebuilt Red (and soon to be Purple) Line station. The Red/Purple Line Station gives the best connections for passengers traveling further north, the Metra station offers the best logistics.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Put it down Wilson or Lawrence in regular traffic, how does it keep its schedule? Turn south on Boadway, you now have the bike lane instead of two traffic lanes. Same on Lawrence.

  • cjlane

    I have even more question about how they will manage the turn around after phase 1 completion–when the north end will be at Cortland. Where are those buses turning around in the near vicinity of the Elston/Ashland/Armitage nightmare intersection?

    Also: related to the conspiracy theories about the Loop BRT delay–has anyone seen what is going on on Washington b/t Clark and LaSalle? *That*, alone, is enough cause to delay the implementation of the BRT, even if the “water main” issue were totally irrelevant.

  • cjlane

    The NIMBYs north of IPR have been promised that their bus exclusion zone will be maintained. Another bad idea included in the proposal to limit the amount of political heat. Ashland BRT should run to Andersonville, without any question, but that would make lotsa people upset, so it’s not in the proposal.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Don’t know about downtown. More info?

  • cjlane

    11 South LaSalle is being gut rehabbed. The supply elevator is going up (concrete pad poured couple weeks ago) in the south ~15′ of Madison–Dunno why I keep typing Washington in reference to it.