Transit

Dedicated transit lanes still on the table for North LSD

Transit riders have spoken up throughout the planning process for the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive and that support is starting to show up in the project design.

Our Bus Advocacy Grants are being put to work!

In 2017, Active Trans and our partners from the Back on the Bus Coalition published the Back on the Bus report. This report found that bus ridership in the city was dropping and that the way to increase bus ridership was to focus on improving bus speed and reliability. 

To reverse this trend, three recommendations were given:

Chinatown organization works to improve walkability

Chicago's Chinatown has been touted as one of the only Chinatowns in the U.S. that is growing. Indeed, over the past several years, Chinese Americans have moved beyond Chinatown's core within Armour Square and into "Greater Chinatown." 

While Chicago's Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood and great place to live, it’s also long overdue for active transportation investments. 

TOD near bus routes should come with service upgrades

Mayor Emanuel’s proposal to incentivize housing development near high-ridership bus routes must prioritize on-site affordable units and come with upgrades to bus service.

Elon Musk is not Chicago’s transit savior

Before city leaders go any further in negotiations with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build and operate express transit service from O’Hare to downtown, they should revisit who the project benefits and if the public-private partnership will slow progress on the region’s more pressing transit needs.

Tribune's vision for NLSD is from a rearview mirror

The Chicago Tribune editorial board recently took issue with a letter that Active Trans, civic partners and local chambers of commerce wrote in support of including dedicated bus lanes or light rail  – we call it the “Silver Line” – into the redesign of North Lake Shore Drive. 

Coalition calls for dedicated lane for transit on NLSD

Last week 10 civic and business organizations signed a letter to the city and state calling for dedicated transit lanes on North Lake Shore Drive.

As outlined in the letter, dedicated lanes would boost bus speed and reliability and get more people riding transit.

Bus riders already account for more than 20 percent of users on Lake Shore Drive every day while taking up a fraction of the space that cars do.

Apply to bring Bike Week to your community!

Active Trans is offering mini-grants to support community-based events during Chicago Bike Week (June 21 – 29, 2018).

This funding opportunity will award 3 – 6 grants of $500 – $1,000 dollars each.

Applicants are encouraged to be creative since there are no limitations on the types of events that may be supported (i.e. community bike rides, educational workshops, bike repair demos). 

Join the fight for better bus service in your community

Are you interested in fighting to improve bus service in your community? Then Active Trans would like to partner with you to advance our bus advocacy work! 

In late 2017, Active Trans and our partners in the Back on the Bus Coalition released the Back on the Bus report, calling for three main service improvements to improve bus speed and reliability:

See where candidates for governor stand

With primary election day two weeks away, the Active Transportation Alliance has released its 2018 Sustainable Transportation Voter Guide so constituents can learn about the views of candidates for governor on transit, walking and biking issues.

The voter guide is comprised of responses from gubernatorial candidates to a questionnaire Active Trans sent to all candidates last month.