Transit

Public transit in Chicago's disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Urban League, founded 100 years ago, works for economic and social progress for African Americans and has a rich history of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

Ventra still a problem for social service providers

Transportation is often one of the biggest obstacles to job access for Chicagoans looking for work, and public transit should be a convenient and affordable solution.

Unfortunately, the transition to Ventra has made it more difficult for many low-income residents to ride transit to job training, housing, medical appointments, childcare and other critical destinations.

Explore Chicago with Ride ‘N Seek

Can you find a great day on the CTA — a.k.a. an elevator status board with “All elevators in service”?

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Bikes on transit

The Chicago region is home to a transit network that connects many communities together. However, not everyone drives or has easy and direct access to a train station or bus stop, which can be miles away from someone’s home or job.

Help keep Loop Link bus lanes clear with #NotaCTAbus

Giving public transit vehicles priority with dedicated lanes is one of the best ways to speed up buses, but it only helps if other vehicles obey the law and steer clear of the lanes.

Unfortunately, far too often that hasn’t been the case in lanes used by the Loop Link, Chicago’s first bus rapid transit corridor that launched late last year.

What makes a strong transit system?

TransitCenter’s new report, “Who’s on Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works,” concludes that speed and frequency of transit matter most to riders

New map for Northwest Indiana

Looking for a comfortable bike route between Chicago and Indiana? Look no further! The 2016 Northwest Indiana Regional Greenways & Blueways map has just been released for free to the public. 

This past winter and spring, staff at Active Trans worked with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to update and revamp its 2012 map for people who bike, hike and paddle. 

Cook County plan prioritizes transit, biking, walking

Cook County released its first transportation plan since 1940 this week and it contains lots of good news for people who ride transit, bike and walk.

Rapid Transit coming to Dempster Street

A new state of the art rapid transit service is in development to take riders from Evanston to O’Hare International Airport. The Pulse Dempster Line will connect the communities of Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Rosemont along the major thoroughfare. 

CTA modernizing Blue Line's Forest Park Branch

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) held a meeting to gather community input on the Blue Line Forest Park Branch Vision Study. CTA representatives spoke to residents and commuters about accessing stations, customer experience and station improvement concepts.

The Blue Line Forest Park Branch is 55 years old and in desperate need of improvement.