Schaumburg Express bus is suburban transit done right

We often talk about the challenge of connecting Chicago’s many suburban communities via public transit. The vast geography of the region and the hub-and-spoke nature of our transit system makes it difficult to reach many major suburban destinations without a car.

See where 4th Ward candidates stand

Early voting is already underway for the special municipal election for alderman of the 4th Ward, and transportation issues are front and center.

Residents of the 4th Ward can vote early through Feb. 27 or on election day, Feb. 28. Active Trans contacted all five candidates to get their views on biking, walking and public transit issues in order to inform 4th Ward voters.

New commuter rail coming to Northwest Indiana

Our regional commuter rail network is getting a major expansion in Northwest Indiana thanks to the West Lake Corridor Project, also known as the South Shore Line extension.

Led by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), the project is expected to be transformative for the region’s transportation accessibility and economic development.

Top ten transportation stories of 2016

The coming new year provides a moment to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. With that in mind, here's our list of the top ten active transportation stories from 2016.

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.  

Diverse crowds flock to San Bernardino’s BRT line

More cities across the United States are using bus rapid transit to help solve some of the challenges of conventional bus service.

Bus rapid transit, or BRT, is an innovative approach that combines off-board payment, dedicated bus lanes, signal clearance priority and improvements to station infrastructure to make riding the bus a more fast, comfortable and reliable option.  

Kansas City builds on BRT’s legacy of success

While most cities in the Midwest are dominated by the automobile, Kansas City is using Bus Rapid Transit to make its downtown more dense, walkable and accessible.

Traditional bus routes provide a critical service but can present challenges to the people who use them. If a bus line has long wait times, restrictive hours, uncomfortable bus stops, and frustratingly slow commutes, taking the bus becomes less appealing.  

Fight for safer streets continues under President Trump

Since Election Day, we have received many questions from members, partners and the media about what the results mean for the future of active transportation in the Chicago region.

At the state level, the passage of the transportation lockbox amendment means we'll stay engaged in the legislative fight to ensure any new money can be spent on biking, walking and public transportation projects.

Your latest local active transportation news

The second 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.

Chicagoland Suburbs

Unveiling the Broadway Metro Express

The Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) is putting the final touches on plans for Northwest Indiana’s first rapid bus service, the Broadway Metro Express, launching in summer 2017.

The idea of a regional bus rapid transit (BRT) line is a key recommendation in Gary’s Livable Broadway Plan. The plan was developed in a partnership between GPTC, Indiana Department of Transportation, the cities of Gary and Crown Point, and the town of Merrillville. 

Region needs 'mobility partnerships'

In order for people to fully access jobs and contribute to the economy, mobility is key. Yet, in many parts of the Chicago area people do not have convenient access to transit service. 

Despite the Chicago area’s extensive public transit system – the RTA reported 635 million CTA, Metra and Pace trips in 2015 – ridership has been flat or declining in recent years. 

Transit use is greatly affected by its availability and reliability, and our public transit services don’t reach everyone. So, partnerships are needed.