Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, December 14

  • Proposal for N. Branch Corridor Include 606 Extension, “Transitway” From Finkle to Ogilvie (DNA)
  • Council Set to Approve Bumpouts at Crash Site, Sposato Explains Why He Dropped Opposition (DNA)
  • Ridership on Lincoln Bus Pilot Nowhere Near Goal, CTA May Extend Test by 6 Months (DNA)
  • Maya Dukmasova Reports on Logan TOD Protest, Eviction Issues (Chicago Reader)
  • “Get Hip to to This Timely Tip”: San Bernardino BRT Offers Lessons for Chicago (Active Trans)
  • Oak Park’s Green Line Wheels Is Hosting Free “Teach Me Tuesdays” Clinics (Active Trans)
  • How Not to Be a Jerk or a Target While Taking Transit During the Holidays (RedEye)
  • Chainlinkers Discuss Why Biking in Frigid Weather Is More Fun Than You Might Think
  • Sick of the Cold? Explore the Pedway System on These 6 Themed Tours (Time Out)
  • Hero¬†Places an Elegant Table Setting in a Parking Space as a Protest Against “Dibs” (DNA)

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  • Re: Lincoln Bus.

    Once again the question in my mind is whether the Lincoln bus is a coverage route or a ridership route. Did the CTA bring back the 11 bus because they saw an opportunity to fill a lot of buses with overflow riders from the surrounding transit buses and els? Or did they bring back the bus because there was a population without access to transit?

    It is my impression that the CTA brought back the 11 bus because there was a population of seniors especially who found it too hard to use the surrounding transit options. Therefore the 11 bus is a coverage route.

    If that is the case then it matters not what the “ridership” numbers are. It is not a ridership route, What is important is does the 11 bus provide more important transit coverage than spending the money somewhere for a coverage route.

    Or is this a cynical ploy by the CTA to require ridership goals on what should be a coverage route in order to say they tried it and it didn’t work? Sorry we are ending this route.

  • This has been a criticism of some of us armchair transportation planners since the beginning of the protests to reinstate #11: Does the CTA set the ridership “goal” so high to ensure it doesn’t have to commit to running the route?

  • However, I do admit that the cynical view requires the CTA to consciously understand the concept. Of course, the CTA is not a person and as non-such understands nothing consciously. So the question becomes are there people in leadership roles at the CTA that understand the underlying concept and then are these leadership people purposely avoiding using the concept publicly in order to effect their desired result of shutting down the line and the people advocating for it.

  • Dennis McClendon

    CTA’s problem on the 11 and 31 is frustratingly simple: they don’t have enough buses in the fleet to run AM rush service on the two new routes.

  • planetshwoop

    Just curious…. why is the #11 a dud when the #56 is pretty crowded? Both have a train mostly adjacent to the route. I know there are vast coverage differences but is that the biggest reason?

    (Non-scientifically observed: the #11 seems really slow. I pass it often on my bike and I’m not speedy.)

  • Not sure…

    One population of users is entirely unserved by the Blue Line: People who use mobility devices, or cannot climb stairs. No accessible stations between Clark/Lake and Western (so, Grand, Chicago, Division, and Damen).