About one-third of all work trips in Chicago are comprised of people biking, walking or riding public transit.
Active Trans works with community and civic partners to support the process of improving bus service in Chicago.
With support from TransitCenter, our current bus service project focuses on identifying and advocating for implementation of near-term, low-cost upgrades to some of the city’s busiest routes. CTA is participating in the project in an advisory capacity.
In addition to boosting transit ridership and improving the experience for all riders, better bus service offers improvements for people biking and walking, too, thus increasing the likelihood residents will consider those modes of travel.
The City of Chicago’s transit system has been largely static for decades. The city has fallen far behind its peers internationally in the quality and quantity of its rapid transit options.
This has resulted in lower than expected increases and occasional drops in transit ridership in recent years. Bus ridership, which accounts for about 55 percent of CTA rides, dropped 9 percent between January and April in 2014, as compared to the same period the previous year.
There are many reasons for our relatively low and declining bus ridership, but a central cause is the quality of the service.
With limited economic resources, improving bus service is an integral part of any strategy to boost transit ridership, reduce traffic congestion and offer faster and more efficient service.
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