Posts in category "Bus rapid transit"

Ex-CDOT engineer opposes Ashland BRT, calls it "ill-conceived"

A retired CDOT engineer has called the CTA’s plan for a dedicated bus lane in the center of a 16-mile stretch of Ashland Avenue “ill-conceived,” according to a Sun-Times story. Tom Kaeser, a former 30-year traffic expert with the Chicago Department of Transportation, is speaking out now  because “my life’s work was trying to make... Read more »

CTA seeks comments on environmental assessment for Ashland BRT

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In the next phase of planning for its Ashland Avenue bus rapid transit (BRT) project, the CTA has released and is seeking public input on the environmental assessment (EA) it did over the summer. For those unfamiliar with BRT,  the main features of the 16-mile-long project from on Ashland from Irving Park to 95th Street... Read more »

Coalition fears no left turns in opposing Ashland BRT

A coalition of residents and businesses along the Ashland corridor has started a grassroots campaign opposing the CTA’s bus rapid transit plans along Ashland Avenue, reports DNAinfo Chicago. A major point of disagreement is the elimination of “all left-turn lanes between 31st Place on the South Side and Cortland Avenue on the North Side, except... Read more »
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Winners named in BRT station design contest

First place winner. Judges: "The FIRST PLACE winners have developed a beautiful station design that combines classic materials with state-of-the art technology to create a new iconic look for a BRT system in Chicago."
Three designs for bus rapid transit (BRT) stations in three neighborhoods last week were named winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition–NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations. Each competition entry includes a station prototype and variations for three neighborhoods—the Loop, Bucktown-Logan Square and Pilsen. First place was awarded to Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash... Read more »

Ashland Avenue is excellent choice for CTA's full-blown BRT route

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Ashland Avenue is a great choice for installing a full-blown bus rapid transit (BRT) route in Chicago. The CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation – along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel – announced Friday that Ashland was chosen over Western Avenue. The key component of the Ashland Avenue BRT route is a dedicated center bus lane... Read more »

Competition launched to design 3 CTA BRT stations

Competition launched to design 3 CTA BRT stations
Transit designers will vie for a $3,000 first prize in a competition to design three different Chicago bus rapid transit stations (BRT). The Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee, have launched the... Read more »
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CTA's BRT plans win part of $1.2 million in foundation funding

The Chicago Transit Authority is one of four U.S. transit agencies sharing a $1.2 million grant to support building bus rapid transit systems. The Rockefeller Foundation grant will support research, communications and community outreach efforts to engage and educate local stakeholders on the benefits of BRT in Boston, Pittsburgh ad Nashville, in addition to Chicago. Meanwhile,... Read more »

CTA's bus rapid transit plan gets $1 million more in funding from Rockefeller Foundation

The CTA’s efforts to develop a meaningful and successful bus rapid transit (BRT) system got a nice shot in the arm last week with another $1 million in financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation for research, technical support, project management and community engagement, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the CTA announced in a... Read more »

What elements make for a great BRT station? Take survey to give input

A BRT bus stop "tube" in Curitiba. Courtesy Flickr user carlosoliveirareis
Do you have some ideas on what makes an ideal transit station? Especially what elements should be included in building the new bus rapid transit (BRT) stations being proposed on the Western and Ashland corridors and in the Loop? Then take a short survey from the Active Transportation Alliance. Your input will be used as... Read more »
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CTA year in review: system improvements, controversial decisions

Dec. 13: Jarvis station to reopen late Thursday - last of Red Line north renovations. Depicted here is the main entrance at Jarvis, one of seven north Red Line stations renovated in 2012. (Photo by Alderman Joe Moore)
The bold announcement that the CTA would totally shut down the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line for five months in 2013 to rebuild the tracks was the top story of the year. Or was it the decision to raise prices for all CTA passes next year? No wait – the big story of... Read more »