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Active Trans launches new local e-newsletters

Curious about what Active Trans is working on in your community? Now you have an easy way of finding out through our new In Your Community quarterly e-newsletters, which launched this week.

The e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions. 

Ventra still a problem for social service providers

Transportation is often one of the biggest obstacles to job access for Chicagoans looking for work, and public transit should be a convenient and affordable solution.

Unfortunately, the transition to Ventra has made it more difficult for many low-income residents to ride transit to job training, housing, medical appointments, childcare and other critical destinations.

North Shore residents: CTA and Pace want to hear from you!

The Pace Suburban Bus system and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) want your input on improving transit options in Skokie, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Wilmette and the North Side of Chicago.

The North Shore Coordination Plan is a project by Pace and the CTA that seeks to improve transit service in the North Shore area south of Lake Ave., north of Devon Ave. and east of I-94 to the lake. 

Robust neighborhood greenway proposed for Manor

The neighborhood greenway movement in Chicago is picking up steam.  

The latest proposal for modifying a street so it’s safer for people walking and biking is targeted for the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood on Manor St. between Montrose Ave. and Lawrence Ave. 

This is great news for the people biking and walking who use this half-mile stretch of Manor to access several parks along the route, the Francisco Brown Line L station and countless destinations to the north and south. 

CTA launches prepaid bus boarding pilot

This week the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) launched a prepaid bus boarding pilot program at the Belmont Blue Line station - a big step for an agency trying to improve local bus service.

CDOT, aldermen share plans for new greenways

Wood and Cortland Streets in Bucktown are slated to get big improvements for people walking and biking.

On May 25, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), along with 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, hosted a public meeting to solicit community input on a proposed neighborhood greenways for these two critical links in the local street network.

Lincoln Ave. and 31st St. buses to return with limited service

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the launch dates and service details for the Lincoln Avenue (#11) and 31st Street (#31) bus pilot programs. While many residents were glad to see service for these routes reinstated, some neighborhood advocates are worried the service is too limited to make an impact.

Bikes 'N' Roses heading to Springfield

Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that new funding will be used to support Bikes 'N’ Roses, a bike shop that focuses on educating teenagers on how to fix and build bikes. 

Six Corners makes its mark as Bike Friendly Business District

Last year, Active Transportation Alliance teamed up with Six Corners Association, Ald. John Arena and members of the Portage Park community to develop a vision for improving bicycle and pedestrian access to this historic commercial district.

This past weekend, Six Corners Association officially launched its Bike Friendly Business District initiative with the installation of two bike murals and two bike corrals, with help from 75 local community members.

Victory! Separate biking, walking trails coming to lakefront

Active Trans' efforts to create separate lakefront trails for people on bikes and people on foot has paid off.

This became evident when Mayor Emanuel revealed that the Chicago Park District will pursue the separated trail plan on two of the most congested portions of the Lakefront Trail.