Submitted by su-administrator on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:36
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.
Submitted by Jacque Henrikson on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 16:32
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.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:15
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:32
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.
Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:24
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.
Submitted by su-administrator on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:55
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.
Submitted by su-administrator on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:21
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.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Fri, 05/12/2017 - 16:42
Submitted by Ron Burke on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:35
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.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:26
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.