CTA public hearings set for this week on bus rapid transit along Jeffery Blvd.

Here’s a straight-up copy/paste from the CTA press release:

The Chicago Transit Authority will host two public open houses to provide project updates on a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot. The CTA was awarded a Federal Transportation Administration grant to implement BRT service following a competitive application process that included other transit agencies across the country.

The scope of the project area is from 103rd/Stony Island to Madison, approximately 16 miles of Jeffery Boulevard. CTA will test transit improvements and enhance service to the #14 Jeffery Express bus route.

The BRT service will give commuters a modern and faster alternative to driving. BRT service features fewer stops, dedicated bus lanes, traffic signal priority capabilities and next bus arrival information.

Residents and community members are invited to learn about the project details and offer feedback to be considered for the final design of the Jeffery BRT Corridor.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 8

Chicago Public Library: Avalon Branch

8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago

4 pm – 6 pm

Thursday, June 9

CTA Headquarters

567 West Lake Street, Chicago

6 pm – 8 pm

Both locations are wheelchair-accessible.

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  • That's right, pick a street with just one traffic lane in each direction like Jeffery.
    Brilliant!
    Western Ave. makes the most sense, so people can go across the city without having to go through the Loop.

  • Scooter, they got a grant for Western and Ashland, too, to do an alternatives analysis (basically to reinstate what they pulled there a year ago, but didn't tell the feds about).

    The real question is that since the $11 million grant for Jeffery is only going to buy what Claypool admitted was BRT Light (without the Miller Liteguards), how much are they blowing on these consultants, as opposed to actually implementing something? You would have thought CTA would have had something in mind when it applied for the Liveability Grant, but I guess not.

    Is CDOT going to hold community meetings on Madison Street for its faux BRT Liveability Grant there?

  • I have a Trifecta this week, I will be addressing the CTA Board Wednesday morning, attending the BRT Open House Thursday evening, and addressing Metra's board on Friday morning (and the RTA Board later this month).

    I have an idea for a Transit Center at 71st. & Jeffrey (with an underground Transfer Mezzanine) for the BRT Service.

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