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Top ten active transportation stories of 2017

The coming new year provides a moment to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. With that in mind, here is Active Transportation Alliance’s top ten list of active transportation stories from 2017.

As you browse through these, be sure to savor the successes — especially if you’re one of the many people who helped make them happen. 

31-days of car-free suburban life

Growing up middle class in rural Pennsylvania, Katie Shaw Thompson never imagined life without a car.

Now a resident in the City of Elgin, Katie’s opinion on transportation, what’s possible and what should be possible, has shifted. Katie is a proud four-season bike commuter, a mother of two squirrely preschoolers, and an ordained pastor.

Back on the Bus: Create 50 new miles of dedicated bus lanes

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) should work collaboratively to create a plan for 50 new miles of bus lanes. 

With only four miles of bus-only lanes, Chicago is lagging other cities across the nation when it comes to prioritizing street space for transit.

The #J14 Jeffery Jump has the longest bus-only lanes in Chicago. In 2015, CDOT and CTA debuted bus lanes as a key feature of Loop Link, connecting the transit stations in the West Loop with the central business district in the Loop.

Ride-hailing data transparency long overdue

For years ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have changed how many people get around Chicago. But, unfortunately, we still lack the data to truly understand the impact from these services.

O’Hare Express should not be region’s top transit priority

A privately funded express train service to O’Hare Airport would be an upgrade to our transit system, but it shouldn’t happen at the expense of other regional transit priorities.

This week, the city released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for respondents to design, build, finance, operate and maintain express service through a public-private partnership.

Blame state legislators for transit fare hikes

State cuts have forced the region’s transit agencies to consider cutting service or increasing fares, due to overwhelming capital and operations needs.

Metra’s recently passed budget includes a 25-cent fare increase for all zones and a reduction in service on four lines.

Back on the Bus: Incentivize purchase of multi day passes

A recent change to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fare structure may be contributing to bus ridership declines. 

In 2013, CTA increased the price of one-, three-, seven- and 30-day passes while maintaining the base fare, resulting in fewer people buying multi-day passes. If you’re not riding transit multiple times per day for the full period, it no longer makes economic sense to buy the pass.

Your latest local active transportation news

The fifth issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

Hyde Park residents to address mobility problems

On a recent Saturday morning, residents of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and members of the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference gathered to discuss making it easier to get around in the neighborhood. Active Trans was there to facilitate the meeting and provide some background on transportation planning, rules of the road and priority setting.

NW Side residents eye biking, walking improvements

Over thirty people recently attended a community forum on biking, walking and transit conditions on the Northwest side of Chicago at Cosmic Bikes in Jefferson Park. Representatives of the North Branch Trail Alliance, the North River Commission and local residents were all in attendance.