West Suburbs

Adding lanes to Stevenson won’t relieve congestion

Last week Governor Rauner announced a proposal to add managed travel lanes to Interstate 55 under a public private partnership.

If approved by the Illinois General Assembly, the project would add at least one lane in each direction to I-55 between Interstate 355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) and Interstate 90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway).

Batavia working to build safe routes for healthy kids

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign aims to make communities safer for kids to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Throughout the Chicago region, many of them aren’t able to walk and bike to school due to poorly designed streets. In the western suburb of Batavia, a group of local advocates made it a mission to change this.

Help plan a safer North Ave. in Chicago’s western suburbs

Across much of Chicago and through its western suburbs, North Ave. is one of those dreaded major arterial roads.

The state-owned, super-sized street is designed to move as many cars as possible as quickly as possible, regardless of the impact on people walking, biking and riding transit.

Now we may have an opportunity to change that and make North Ave. safer for everyone.

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

This winter, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics on various subjects.

The clinics, called Teach Me Tuesdays, will be held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. starting January 5 and running through March 29. Each clinic will be about an hour long.  

Here's the schedule:

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.

Greenline Wheels management shifts to Active Trans

In an effort to increase bike education, encouragement and safety programming in the near west region of Chicagoland, Active Trans recently assumed day-to-day management of Greenline Wheels. 

Greenline Wheels, founded in 2010 by a local family seeking to elevate the bike friendliness of the Oak Park/River Forest community, will remain at 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park.