At least the Metropolitan Planning Council is following Daniel Burnham's credo:
"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."
The proposed $1.23 billion bus rapid transit plan put forward Wednesday by the Chicago planning council is certainly large, and stirring - and perhaps a bit of a dream. And that's good. Read the full MPC report.
The plan by the numbers:
- 10 CTA BRT routes are proposed.
- The routes would cover about 95 miles in mostly bus-only lanes.
- Stops would be about a half mile apart.
- Passengers would prepay while waiting and before boarding.
- Cost: at the high end, about $13 million per mile, or $1.2 billion.
MPC says the cost could be partly covered by federal grants, and by special service area funds. SSAs are special taxing bodies usually around commercial districts that collect extra taxes for local improvements such as security, marketing and sidewalk cleaning and snow removal.
And let's start saving our pennies.