Today’s Headlines for Monday, June 20

  • Why Does Toronto Have Higher Transit Ridership Than Chicago? (Tribune)
  • Ride-Share Ordinance Passes in Committee, Lyft Threatens to Leave Chicago (DNA)
  • Chicagoist Responds to Marilyn Katz’s Tone-Deaf Op-Ed on the Blaine Klingenberg Case
  • Driver Charged With Reckless Homicide After He Ran Away From Fatal Crash (CBS)
  • FOP May Approve Lucas Museum Plan — If 5% of Revenue Goes to Parks Fund (Crain’s)
  • Oak Park Ave. Bike Lane Project Delayed by Discovery of Dead Bodies (DNA)
  • For the 1st Time, Chicago Releases Divvy Data on City’s Open Data Portal (Route 50)
  • Why McDonalds Is Moving Its Oak Brook HQ to the West Loop (Chicago Mag)
  • Architect Recommends Pedestrian Improvements for Highland Park (Tribune)
  • Video: DNA Checks Out the Current State of the Navy Pier Flyover
  • Letter: More Riverfront Bike Paths Would Be a Boon for Chicago’s Economy (Tribune)
  • Hearing in the Bobby Cann Case on Thursday 10 a.m. at 26/California (The Chainlink)

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  • Chicagoan

    I envy the hell out of the money Toronto brings in for transit, compared to the pathetic amount American cities often receive.

    If Chicago had the steady stream of cash that’s going to Toronto for transit, Ashland Avenue BRT and the Red Line southside extension would be certain to happen.

    The federal government and Springfield hold Chicago back, just like the federal government and Albany hold New York back.

  • planetshwoop

    Lyft will not leave Chicago. That’s posturing.

  • The weird thing about Toronto transit funding is that it’s been in a trough with a mayor trying desperately to destroy and starve its transit infrastructure (Rob Ford) for quite some time.

    And it STILL has more funding than us.

  • Anne A

    I love the frequency of service on their trolleys and buses. When I’ve visited thereI’ve spent a LOT less time waiting than I do here.

  • planetshwoop

    Is the suburban transit (Metra equivalent) as good? Agree that the city transportation is better (trolleys!)

  • From what I’ve seen they don’t actually have a Metra equivalent. People try to say that the Go Train is like Metra, but it’s really more like Amtrak in its frequency, and its stops are considerably farther out into the suburban/rural areas than Metra’s are.

    There is effectively no transit in the Toronto suburbs, though a few bus lines do go out into the surrounding areas. It’s really sparse, though (much sparser than Pace).

  • Chicagoan

    The frequency is nice, but they can tend to move at a snail’s pace.

  • Anne A

    True. It varies quite a bit, depending on location and time of day – same as for CTA.

  • Anne A

    It’s basically a Metra-sized service area with a lot fewer stations.

  • JKM13

    If only we could have a similar article asking for more stringent regulations for vehicles each time after the ~1000 people/yr die from auto accidents in Illinois.

  • And half the lines, plus a different development pattern (sparser in spots, but also just different).

    Basically all of Metra is through contiguous sprawl: an ongoing net of streets and residential and commercial, with the occasional green breakup. There are actually farm fields within Go Train’s footprint.

  • Chicagoan

    There’s a lot of sprawl in the Toronto metropolitan area, too, though.

  • Fred

    City of Chicago: 2,704,000
    City of Toronto: 2,615,000
    Chicago Metro: 9,730,000
    Toronto Metro: 5,583,064

    City of Chicago: 234 mi²
    City of Toronto: 243.3 mi²
    Chicago Metro: 10,857 mi²
    Toronto Metro: 2,751 mi²

    So city proper of both are essentially the same population and area-wise. It’s the metro areas that differ vastly so I’m sure that has something to do with the transit options.

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    Well almost. The NW side does actually go out into the actual country. Otherwise Metra lines tend to stop when development stops for the most part.

  • The Chicago Metro goes out significantly farther, as contiguous development, than Metra does in most directions.

    The ends of the Go Train are not actually considered to be in the Toronto “metro area”. “Toronto Metro” is a term of art that is roughly contiguous to the greater city area, now (since the surrounding suburb/towns all joined in to a central form of government to supercede their previous borough-like system). Chicago’s metro area goes down past the bottom of the lake and west significantly past St. Charles and north to Wisconsin.