Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about BRT

The Long, Hot Summer of Transportation Initiatives

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[This piece also ran in Checkerboard City, John Greenfield’s transportation column in Newcity magazine, which hits the street in print on Wednesday evenings.] Trust me, my friends, this is the year sustainable transportation blows up in Chicago. Say what you want about Rahm Emanuel’s record on education, crime and privatization. But since he took office […]

Can Transportation Options Energize Englewood?

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[This article also appears in Checkerboard City, John Greenfield’s weekly column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets on Wednesday evenings.] Most Chicagoans associate Englewood with poverty and crime, but local advocates and activists see it as a neighborhood with untapped potential, with excellent access to public transportation being one of the keys to its […]

Today, BRT Routes. Tomorrow, Rail Lines?

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Let’s step back from the discussion about how Chicago is implementing rapid bus routes and take a long view of how transit in Chicago might transform if these first BRT routes are successful. First, how will we know Chicago’s BRT lines are a success? The best measurement is how many new riders are attracted. After bus enhancements […]

Will CDOT and CTA Launch “True BRT” on the Central Loop Corridor?

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Last week the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation unveiled the proposed lane configuration for the Central Loop East-West Transit Corridor. According to the city’s press release, the improvements will include dedicated bus lanes on Canal, Washington, Madison and Clinton, delineated with colored pavement and additional signs. The system, which is slated to open for […]