Category: Bus rapid transit

Bus speed-up projects debut: Loop Link, Ashland & Western express buses

Two new CTA bus “express” bus projects debuted this week – one meant to ease congestion and improve connections in the Loop; the other providing express bus service on two of Chicago’s busiest streets. Loop Link Loop Link features red bus-only lanes on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal streets. CTA riders on six buses through the area... Read more »

CTA resurrects Ashland, Western express buses; Ashland BRT still in "future"

Ashland and Western express CTA bus routes – the victims of budget cuts in February 2010 – have found new life and will be reinstated later this year. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the Ashland bus rapid transit (BRT) plans are still in the works, though “way off in the future.” The CTA will begin a... Read more »

CTA rolls out new monitoring system to tackle bus bunching

The CTA is stepping up its efforts to alleviate bus bunching with the introduction of a new real-time monitoring and communications systems. With the Bus Transit Management System (BTMS),  buses should be able to more quickly adapt to changing traffic and street conditions, and help avoid bus bunching that leads to long waits between buses.... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »