Tag: bus rapid transit

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

South Side CTA riders to test Jeffery Jump Monday

South Shore CTA commuters finally will get their chance to test the CTA’s first foray into bus rapid transit (BRT) when the #J14 Jeffery Jump debuts Monday. It will replace the #14 Jeffery Express. Here are the features cited on the web page for the CTA’s “BRT light,” as President Forrest Claypool calls it: Dedicated... Read more »

CTA meetings set for Wilson station reconstruction, Western BRT alternatives

Rendering of restored Gerber Building looking north on Broadway from Wilson
Here’s a rundown of some important CTA public meetings coming up over the next few weeks: Wilson station reconstruction. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Where: main lobby, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. What: An open house to gather public input on details and renderings of the proposed reconstructed Wilson Red Line station. Scope... Read more »