North Suburbs

N. Branch Trail extension breaks ground

North Branch Trail users heading south will no longer need to stop at Devon Ave. 

Recently, Active Trans was on hand for the groundbreaking on a three-mile extension of the extremely popular trail. 

The first 1.8 mile segment will extend south from Caldwell and Devon Aves. in Chicago to Forest Glen with completion expected in spring 2016.

Lack of sidewalks prevent Glenview kids from walking

A lack of sidewalks in residential areas surrounding Avoca West Elementary in north suburban Glenview creates a significant barrier for students wanting to walk and bike to school.

Many parents prefer driving their kids to Avoca West, viewing it as the safer option.

But that’s not a good solution if you want to see your kids getting more active, says the Avoca Area Pedestrian Safety Committee, an active group of parents.

Highland Park committed to being bike-friendly for everyone

North suburban Highland Park is a city dedicated to building a better bike culture.  

Last year, the city partnered with Active Trans to become the first Family Friendly Bikeways community.

So with support from the Highland Park Bike-Walk Advisory Group, we spearheaded an effort to improve biking in the Highlands, a neighborhood where people need better biking options between schools, parks, trails and businesses. 

Early reviews for new Ventra app generating excitement

Starting Thursday, Chicagoland transit riders can download a mobile app to reload their transit cards, buy Metra mobile tickets and track nearby buses and trains.

The free Ventra app available on Apple and Android devices will make it easier for CTA and Pace riders to manage their Ventra accounts, but the biggest benefit is to Metra riders who are no longer required to purchase paper tickets.

Federal bill preserves active transportation funding

In a big victory for the active transportation community, the U.S.

3 ways you can support transit expansion in Cook County

Fall is budget season in the Chicago region and that means we've entered a critical stage in our Transit Future campaign with the Center for Neighborhood Technology(CNT). As talks continue with President Toni Preckwinkle and all 17 members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, here are three ways you can help:

Federal support announced for great projects

On Wednesday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced 66 projects will receive federal funding over the next five years to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance non-motorized travel in the city and suburbs.

New Pace Bus budget includes $7.6 million in new service

While financial constraints have left local government agencies struggling to fund public transit in recent years, at least one agency is planning to expand service in 2016.

Pace, the suburban bus provider in the Chicago region, released its proposed 2016 budget last week, and it includes nearly $8 million in new service.

Extend Yellow Line to Old Orchard to boost job access

The CTA’s Yellow Line, which extends west from the Red Line’s north terminus at Howard Street to Dempster, was originally called the “Skokie Swift.”

Extend Blue Line at both ends to connect job centers

The most opportunities to increase the number of people who ride transit to work in Cook County lies in the outer ring suburbs, where interchanges and disconnected towns leave residents with no choice but to spend hours each day stuck in traffic on the way to and from work.

Extending the Blue Line northwest through the I-90 Corridor to Schaumburg and west along I-88 to Oak Brook would go a long way toward solving that problem.