Transit is in trouble! Where will the money come from?

Transit is in trouble! Where will the money come from?

In response to our action alert sent out this week asking transit riders to tell their elected officials how important it is to fund public transit, we got a great question from a rider.

Action Alert: End the cycle of transit service cuts and fare increases!

Action Alert: End the cycle of transit service cuts and fare increases!

Metra has proposed raising fares 25 percent in their 2012 budget, and th

Tear out the Blue Line? A look at the I-290 corridor study

Tear out the Blue Line? A look at the I-290 corridor study

A couple weeks ago I attended the 11th meeting of the I-290 Corridor Advisory Group and Task Force.

Riders for Better Transit comments at CTA board meeting

Riders for Better Transit comments at CTA board meeting

At yesterday's CTA board meeting, Riders for Better Transit gave the following public comments:

Active transportation gets easier in the 25th Ward

Active transportation gets easier in the 25th Ward

Thank you Alderman Solis for requesting 39 new bicycle racks for Chicago's 25th Ward!

Slow rebirth of aging transit system? Not yet

Slow rebirth of aging transit system? Not yet

I really like and appreciate the ongoing coverage of our ailing transit system provided by Tribune transportation reporter John Hilkevitch

Declare yourself car-free on Sept. 22!

Declare yourself car-free on Sept. 22!

On Sept. 22, join thousands of people across Chicagoland who are declaring themselves car-free in favor of transit, walking and biking for Chicagoland Car-Free Day!

Riders for Better Transit needs you!

Riders for Better Transit needs you!

If you support transit and have a bit of extra time, we need your help.

New Morgan CTA station rising in the West Loop

New Morgan CTA station rising in the West Loop

To address the needs of a neighborhood growing by leaps and bounds, CTA is building a new L station at Morgan and Lake Streets to serve the Green and Pink Lines in the West Loop.

Giving transit riders in Chicagoland a stronger voice

Released Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Contact:
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ethan@activetrans.org

Giving transit riders in Chicagoland a stronger voice
New Riders for Better Transit campaign fights for funding and transit service improvements

Chicago, Aug. 24, 2011 -- As transit agencies prepare their budgets for next year, the riding public is bracing itself for another round of possible service cuts and fare increases.

To fight for the needs of transit riders, the Active Transportation Alliance launched Riders for Better Transit, a new initiative to organize transit riders in the Chicago region to demand better transit options.

Residents and community leaders can declare their support for better transit and learn more at www.ridersforbettertransit.org.

“Riders across the region know our system is plagued by slow zones, overcrowding and deteriorating stations, and every community has a laundry list of needs, from restoring bus service that’s been cut to increasing train frequencies,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of Active Trans. “Our region can barely maintain our current transit service, much less make improvements riders need. The bottom line is transit in our region is significantly underfunded.”

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