“Transit Explorer” Map Shows Nine Upcoming Transit Projects in Chicagoland

Last week, Yonah Freemark and I published a new map called Transit Explorer, which shows all of the new transit projects that are under construction, or being planned, across United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Yonah, a project manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council and author of The Transport Politic blog, collected the data and created the map. I assisted him by writing the code for the map, which uses open source technologies, including OpenStreetMap.

Yonah has been tracking projects on his blog for seven years, and this is the first time he’s created an open-source map for the information. He says his goal was to make the map “easy-to-use and fun for anyone who’s interested in how public transportation can affect the future of their cities.”

The map (embedded above) shows a number of upcoming or proposed projects in the Chicago region, including five new or overhauled CTA and Metra stations, three new rapid bus lines, and the reconstruction of a CTA ‘L’ corridor.

Freemark said he’s most excited about the bus rapid transit line on Ashland Avenue, and the “arterial rapid transit” Pace is planning on Milwaukee Avenue. We hope you enjoy exploring the map and learning about upcoming transit projects all over North America.

Update Jan. 13: We reached out to Metra to learn the status of their Peterson/Ravenswood and 79th/Wallace stations. Here’s what their spokesperson Michael Gillis said, “Those two stations are among a group of state-funded projects that are currently on hold due to the state budget situation. We won’t know when we’ll be able to proceed until we hear from the state.”

  • Chicagoan

    What’s the CTA’s vision for elevated stations in the Loop? I know they’d like to have two stations on each side of the tracks and it’s clear that Washington/Wabash will be one.

    Are they planning to rebuild any others?

    I’m assuming Blue and Red subway stations won’t be changing, or will they?

    Signed, somebody who doesn’t go downtown very much.

  • The CTA is renovating the Quincy station on the L (Wells, west side) to add an elevator to make it accessible.

  • That’s the standard term for a dropoff point. So much so that the one at O’Hare in the somewhat-remote parking lot where the little peoplemover train terminates is called “the Kiss-and-Fly lot”.

  • duppie

    The Metra station on Peterson is indefinitely postponed due to budget issues.

  • Chicagoan

    Link? I’ve seen stuff about delays, but not indefinitely postponed.

  • As usual providing improved Rail Transit to the SE Lakefront Communities is totally left out by the City, and CTA. I wish Yonah would review the CTA Gray Line Project included in the MPC/CDOT Museum Campus Transportation Study; with the Lucas Museum probably coming soon: http://bit.ly/GrayLineInfo

  • Rar.
    The last documentation I saw was from the board last year authorizing the land purchase from the Chicago Housing Authority, which also identified where the $15 million station cost was coming from.

    Thanks for the tip. I’m contacting Metra.

  • duppie

    I have not heard an official statement re: the postponement. But it was the word from the Alderman’s office (48th ward, Harry Osterman),

  • I’m double checking with Metra to see what the 2016 status is of the Auburn Gresham station. It may have been premature to put it on this map, but I wanted everyone to know that there has been planning for it, and the city council approved acquiring the necessary land for it.

  • duppie

    Here is a Trib article talking about budgeting concerns. UP-N Bride replacement is mentioned as being postponed specifically. The station is not mentioned specifically, but it mentions delays of improvements for 16 stations and around the same time is when I started hearing that the station is delayed.


  • neroden

    Damn Rauner again.

  • neroden

    Worth noting that the CTA is now starting a plan for FULL wheelchair accessibility.


    Honestly I’m not going to complain about the 20-year schedule because I think they can do that even if they have budget problems.

  • It’s a great plan, and one, frankly, they should have adopted 5 years ago when they conducted their last accessibility assessment/study. That the CTA has a plan is also important! They’ve pretty much been doing only spot capital changes. They need to adopt a strategic plan so they can rally again about their funding situation and how they’re going to rebuild ridership.

    However, they probably were less confident about their funding and budget abilities/prospects back then.

    CTA is going to be cash-strapped for a long time unless the Illinois governor or legislature decides to change the funding makeup for public transit systems in the state.


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