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Grassroots leaders mobilize hundreds of transit riders in support of Ashland BRT

Armed with clipboards, brochures and a vision for a brighter transit future, a gallant crew of volunteer leaders reached hundreds of transit riders in a week-long grassroots outreach blitz to rally support for bringing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Ashland Ave.

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Braving cold weather, early mornings and even a bit of rain, our team of transit heroes connected with riders up and down Ashland Ave. to spread the word about BRT in Chicago. They shared with riders the exciting plan to bring BRT to Chicago and Active Trans' campaign to help make it happen.

All week long one thing was clear: people want Bus Rapid Transit.

When we mentioned Ashland BRT service would travel up to twice as fast as the current #9 bus, people’s eyes lit up and they were eager to learn more and get involved.

It's just another sign of the times: long-suffering transit riders are mobilizing for change. This week’s success is just another example of our movement’s growing strength.

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to all of our volunteer leaders who lent their time and energy to this week’s outreach.

Stay tuned for more BRT campaign updates, including dates and locations for upcoming public meetings.

And, if you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign our petition supporting BRT on Ashland Ave. and be sure to share it with your friends and family!