Transit

Why Uber won’t replace public transit

Uber hasn’t had a great 2017 so far — what with employee allegations of a culture of sexual harassment, evidence that the company has been systematically deceiving government inspectors, and a lawsuit claiming that it stole autonomous vehicle technology from Google.

Nevertheless, the company remains the most celebrated tech disruptor du jour, and its seemingly ever-growing customer base has convinced many people that it represents the future of urban transportation.

A ride back in L time

This week the elevated CTA platform at Clark and Lake took a step back in time as vintage train cars from the 1920s and 1970s rolled into the station in celebration of the L train’s 125th birthday. They ran around the stops in the Loop, tooting their horns for several hours. 

While out on lunch break, a couple Active Trans staffers hopped on board for a ride around the Loop — for professional research, of course.

Tell Congress to reject president's proposed cuts

Last week President Trump released his first full budget proposal, and it would be devastating for people who ride transit, bike and walk in the Chicago region.

These cuts were first put on the table in the administration's budget blueprint released in March, but now they're officially part of the White House's budget proposal.

Dedicated bus lanes in Cleveland: a major success

Speeding up buses in urban areas and attracting more riders is a difficult task if transit vehicles are constantly stuck in traffic.

Cleveland learned this lesson nearly 10 years ago and it continues to reap the benefits.

Los Angeles ‘signals’ the way to better bus service

Chicago should look to the West Coast as it considers investing more to speed up local buses.

Seventeen years ago, when Los Angeles County decided to give its buses priority at traffic signals, the buses experienced huge gains in speed and reliability. The county has a massive bus system that accounts for a majority of all public transportation trips.

Prepaid, all-door boarding is working in San Francisco

In 2012, San Francisco’s MUNI transit system implemented a revolutionary concept to America’s bus systems – pre-paid, all-door boarding for all of its street vehicles, including buses and trolleys.

Bus riders could now enter through any door of any vehicle at any time and tap their transit card on a reader that’s adjacent to the door to verify payment. Riders who don’t have transit cards could pay their fare before boarding and carry a receipt on board for proof of payment.

Jumping the turnstile shouldn’t be a misdemeanor

The growing attention on the dangers of excessive criminalization of low-income people and communities of color has extended into the world of public transit.

Tri-State Tollway expansion will only lead to more driving

Yet again, a state agency is adding lanes to a busy highway with hopes of relieving traffic congestion.

This week the Illinois Tollway announced it will move forward with planning for a $4 billion expansion project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street. It’s the latest in an alarming trend of spending billions of dollars to add capacity to major roadways in Chicagoland.

Imagining the Chicago River Trail in Chinatown

Creating safe and easy access to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and showcasing cultural assets are key goals of the River Trail campaign.  

Our plan for a Chicago River Trail is driven by the idea that more Chicago neighborhoods need better access to recreation options and healthy transportation infrastructure. 

One of the many neighborhoods in the city that would benefit from a continuous Chicago River Trail is Chinatown.