Chicago West & Southwest Side

CTA plans to remove local bus stops on Ashland, Western

As part of an ongoing effort to speed up bus service on two of most popular bus routes in the city, CTA is preparing to remove some of the least-used stops on the #9 Ashland and #49 Western buses.

Federal bill preserves active transportation funding

In a big victory for the active transportation community, the U.S.

Improving walking and biking on Chicago's Westside

To highlight some of the new streetscape improvements that were made in the 28th Ward -- including newly added bike lanes --  Alderman Jason Ervin and Active Trans recently hosted a community bike ride in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

3 ways you can support transit expansion in Cook County

Fall is budget season in the Chicago region and that means we've entered a critical stage in our Transit Future campaign with the Center for Neighborhood Technology(CNT). As talks continue with President Toni Preckwinkle and all 17 members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, here are three ways you can help:

Federal support announced for great projects

On Wednesday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced 66 projects will receive federal funding over the next five years to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance non-motorized travel in the city and suburbs.

Greater number of comfortable bike routes needed in Chicago

One of Active Trans’ main goals is to make bicycling a comfortable transportation option for everyone no matter their age or ability. 

But we know through research, observation and countless conversations that the average person is much more likely to hop on a bike when they are able to bike in places where they feel safe and comfortable. 

This is why today Active Trans is launching a bold new vision for cycling infrastructure in Chicago. 

606 points way to more Chicago trails

The 606 and the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s new rail-to-trail and park project, made national headlines when it opened up this summer, and in just a few short weeks established itself as one of Chicago’s most popular public spaces.

The overwhelming success of the trail leads to an immediate and obvious question: where can we put more trails? 

Several great candidates already exist.

606 East Extension

Mayor Emanuel wants your input on #ChiBudget2016

We recently had the opportunity to share our priorities with the Chicago City Council, now it’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s turn to hear from Active Trans members and supporters.

As part of this year’s city budget process, Mayor Emanuel wants to hear directly from residents about their priorities before delivering his 2016 budget to City Council on September 22.

Lime Line would bring rapid transit to West Side

People living on the West Side of Chicago know how difficult it can be to get anywhere on public transportation. Residents who aren’t lucky enough to live near Metra or CTA train stations lack rapid transit options and are forced to rely on local buses.

A majority of the bus lines are on congested streets, causing a 30-minute trip to often take well over an hour.

Active Trans shares priorities with city council

With no Chicago City Council meeting this month, August is often vacation time for aldermen and their staff throughout the city.

But last week we learned several council members are already hard at work preparing for a busy fall.

On Wednesday, Active Trans hosted a series of briefings at Chicago City Hall to introduce our organization to newly elected representatives and update everyone on our bike/walk/transit priorities.