South Suburbs

Trail extension to bring more connectivity to Chicagoland

The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail runs along the historic canal that was built in the mid-1800s to help connect the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico for commercial trade.

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. 

Suburban communities pedal forward on better bikeways

Last year, Active Trans worked with hundreds of members and supporters throughout the City of Chicago to develop our vision for the future of biking in the city, called Bikeways for All.

This summer we’re building off of that work and compiling all the best practices and priorities for improving biking in Suburban Chicago.  

Our Suburban Bikeways for All report will lay the foundation for the future of our bikeways advocacy in our region’s diverse suburban communities.

Proposed BRT in Gary will aid local development

Rail systems are a fast, often preferable transit option for many people, but building them is time consuming and costly. Bus rapid transit (BRT) offers the experience of rail in the form of four wheels.

Brookfield plants flag as bike-friendly community

Hundreds of people enjoyed the spring weather over the weekend for the Village of Brookfield’s inaugural Bike Brookfield event.  

The event -- which included a kids ride, a 5K/10K community ride and an after party with live music and raffle prizes from area businesses -- drew people from all parts of the community and all ages, along with visitors from nearby suburbs and Chicago. 

Coalition wants to upgrade Metra Electric to rapid transit

For decades, South Chicagoland residents and transit experts have recognized the potential benefits of enhancing service along the Metra Electric District (MED) line. Now, after many years, there’s a renewed effort encouraging Metra to commit to improvements.

Active Trans has joined more than a dozen community groups from the South Side and South Suburbs as part of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric (CMME).

South Shore Line kicks off bikes-on-trains pilot project

After years of advocacy, South Shore Line riders rolled their bicycles aboard the Northwest Indiana commuter rail system’s trains for the very first time this weekend as part of a pilot project announced last year. Despite the nasty weather, a handful of people took advantage of the service durin

Peter Taylor, trail advocate extraordinaire

Every trail needs a staunch advocate. For the Major Taylor Trail on Chicago's South Side, Peter Taylor has played that role for many years.

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).

Help plan future of transportation in Will County

Will County wants your input on walking, biking and taking public transit.

Will County Division of Transportation will be shaping its Long Range Transportation Plan with a new survey and five open houses. This plan will set priorities for future transportation investments in the county.