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The many faces of Chicago’s bus rapid transit advocates

Over 2,000 people have joined Active Trans' campaign to bring a world-class bus rapid transit system to Chicago. Despite this impressive number, a handful of BRT naysayers have gotten more than their fair share of media coverage.

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So we decided to throw a little party to showcase just how many people are excited about BRT on Ashland Ave. and throughout the city. We learned, however, that there’s no such thing as a small gathering of Ashland BRT supporters – you folks turned out in droves.

Almost 100 people came to the Cobra Lounge last Tuesday to show their support for BRT and smile for the camera in our snazzy photo booth. Dozens of attendees signed up to volunteer with the campaign and just about everyone in attendance pledged to come out to upcoming public meetings the CTA will be hosting to review the plan with residents and transit users.

Here are a few of our favorite snapshots of supporters from last week’s event (and a few from Open Streets back in September). You can join these fine folks in supporting BRT on Ashland Ave. by signing on to our petition.