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While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has completely transformed life in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. The TransMilenio, as it's called in South America, boasts features like separated bus lanes, pre-boarding fare payment and extra-wide doors that open at boarding level. Not to mention that TransMilenio buses average a speed of 17.5 mph.

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is hosting a discussion about bringing BRT to Chicago. BRT would not only provide Chicago users with a more efficient, eco-friendly transit option, but it would also provide better employment and education opportunities by connecting underserved neighborhoods to existing rapid transit networks.

Join the MPC on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 12 to 2 p.m. for the release of Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity. This event will be held at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Registration costs $30 for non-MPC members and is $15 for MPC members. 

Featured speakers include Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia and president of the board of directors for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and Gabe Klein, CDOT commissioner, among others.

To register online for the event, visit www.metroplanning.org/news-events/event/117.

By the way, Active Trans is currently looking for volunteers to help with its soon-to-be-launched Riders for Better Transit campaign. Learn more.

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