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

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 part of a Chicago Architecture Foundation design competition to help shape Chicago’s new BRT stations. Active Trans encourages you to “think outside the box” and check out these cool station ideas.

You also can enter a raffle to to win a free copy of the book Carless in Chicago by Jason Rothstein.

The survey closes Jan. 31, 2013.


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  • The only relevant one is that the bus stops there on time on occasion.

    Other than that, this is a waste of time, unless someone is going to give me a chunk of the $2 million consultant's grant.

    And how does the Active Transit Alliance get all this press? What has it accomplished? Did it save the 11 Lincoln bus or something? Is it any different than the one man Citizens' Transit Authority?

  • In reply to jack:

    For the past 25 years, the Active Transportation Alliance has been working collaboratively to bring healthy transportation options to communities across Chicagoland. That’s how we helped Chicago become one of the most bike-friendly large cities in the nation, and that’s why we represent a powerful force as we continue to push for expanding Chicagoland’s network of bike, pedestrian and transit facilities. We represent a significant constituency of people who bike, walk and take transit and who want to improve transportation safety and options. More than 7,000 dues-paying members support our advocacy through financial contributions and by participating in their communities and speaking out to decision-makers and the press, and more than 1,000 people volunteer with us every year. Beyond individuals, our work is also funded by contributions from businesses and foundations and through our fundraising events and planning work.

    Many people know us for our events like Bike the Drive, Bike to Work Week or Open Streets. We’ve also helped pass laws like the ban on texting while driving and the mandate that drivers stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, we run a crash victim support hotline, we help suburban communities create plans to improve walking and biking conditions, and we educate thousands of children and adults about traffic safety every year through our education programs. We launched Riders for Better Transit in 2011 to boost our support for public transit, reflecting our expanded mission and new name (prior to 2009, we were the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation). Last year we helped transit riders send more than 11,000 messages to their elected officials about the need to improve transit service and increase investment in transit. Our work on Bus Rapid Transit has also included community outreach, ensuring neighborhoods were aware of the city’s plans and understood the potential benefits, opportunities and challenges BRT would present their community. We met with 11 aldermen and more than 20 community organizations about BRT on Western/Ashland, while also reaching transit riders directly through flyering and pop-up BRT exhibits at bus and train stops.

    We encourage transit riders who want to get involved to sign up for free as a supporter on our website: http://www.activetrans.org/RidersForBetterTransit . We are working to give you a more powerful voice in decisions about transit in Chicagoland!

  • In reply to Lee Crandell:

    You're proud of Bike the Drive?
    Where you charge people to ride a bike on a public street, which is probably illegal!
    You come up with these absurd polls, such as the one about seating on the 5000s that didn't give the 2600 or 3200 seating plans as an option.
    Plus, it's always been the law for cars to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, it's just never been enforced in Chicago before! Long before your goofy group even existed!

  • In reply to Lee Crandell:


    I see you have no problem with flackery.

    Bikes are one thing, but maybe you could have demonstrated anything you have done to get the CTA's capital needs met. I bet the answer is nothing. My impression is that you are doing a meaningless survey on a BRT plan that doesn't qualify as BRT, and won't get funded in any event.

    Maybe Bike the Drive is your means of getting attention, but that certainly has nothing to do with the deplorable state of the CTA today.

    And, since this is about Western and Ashland, you sure didn't do anything to prevent the elimination of X bus service in 2010, which this is just a feeble attempt to reinstate.

    So, pat yourself on the back. Kerman used to too, but at least he got a seat on the Pace Advisory Board.

  • "Pleasant music"? Gaaaahhh!

    There is no such thing. Any music that some people like, the rest will find obnoxious or cloying or both. We now have the technology so everyone can listen to their own without imposing it on others.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    I agree. There's always going to be someone standing there objecting to what's playing.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    We don't want to hear any of the Carly Rae Jepson that the 17 year olds behind the desk at the fitness center impose on us. Especially not at a bus stop. And certainly not at 59th and Ashland.

  • In reply to jack:

    That's exactly why the 17 year olds do it! But they shouldn't be running anything else, at least not before they grow up and learn the meaning of "chacun a son gout."

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    Which I what I assume (after highlighting the term and putting it through Google translate). Maybe it is not "to each," but when a guy asked me in the locker room "why are they playing that 16-year old music," my reply was "who do you think is behind the desk?"

    Except my inference was that if they play it at the 71st and Jeffery faux BRT station, someone is going to shoot out the speaker.

  • In reply to jack:

    You just made me think of those suitcase-sized boom boxes circa 1980. If someone around 71st and Jeffery, or even on the bus, had one of those on his shoulder, you had better like whatever sound was coming out if it if you knew what was good for you!

  • The Jeffery corridor was a bougie paradise in the boom box era.

  • In reply to urbanleftbehind:

    Meaning that the boom boxes were considered upscale? Or is there another sense to "bougie"? I must admit I'm a North Sider and have seldom ventured South.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    No, Jeffery Ave ran through an area that was relatively upper income compared to other South Side areas during the 1980s. However, South Shore and other areas such as Chatham have taken in a disproprotionate share of the CHA diaspora (e.g. when the Robert Taylor Homes were demolished) in recent years. "Bougie" means it was a lot of stuck-up black people who wouldnt necessarily be into the boom box livestyle.

  • In reply to urbanleftbehind:

    Aha, thank you for the information. Next time I won't speak too far beyone my geographic knowledge!

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    make that "beyond"

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