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Only 11 percent of Chicagoland residents ride transit to work.

Thanks for your support of Ashland BRT! Last chance to give comments is Dec. 20

Photo courtesy of Streetsblog Chicago's John Greenfield.

Thanks to all of you who joined Active Trans last Tuesday at Punch House for a BRT rally before the Ashland BRT public meeting. More than 30 people braved the single digit temperatures to show their support for this project that will provide better public transit for the 31,000 people currently taking the bus on Ashland Ave.

The crowd was encouraged by a few words from Dennis ONeill, director of the Near West community organization Connecting4Communities; Steve Schlickman, director of the Urban Transportation Center at UIC; and Michael Whalen, a Pilsen resident and one of our BRT volunteer leaders — all of whom join us in supporting a fast and reliable transit option for Ashland Avenue.

Our march to from the Punch House to the public meeting at Benito Juarez High School showed that BRT supporters are not just many, but hearty!

For those of you who couldn’t join us at one of this week’s meetings, there’s still time to show your support. You can see all of the material that was presented at the public meeting online at and make comments by December 20 via email to

We need your help to make sure this project moves forward. Our strong turnout on Tuesday was still matched with many skeptics of BRT who attended Wednesday’s meeting. We know that thousands of Chicagoans are ready for better transit, and we need CTA to know it too!

Send a comment in support of BRT today! Remember, the last day for your comments to be included in the Environmental Assessment is December 20!