Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:41
"We believe that mobility equity is fundamental to human and civil rights. Car-centric transportation systems are fundamentally unfair and unjust, exclude the needs of those who cannot or do not drive, and discriminate against many of society’s most vulnerable people. We are committed to reversing these disparities by making equity a foundational principle of our work."
— Organizational Principle from the Active Transportation Alliance Strategic Plan
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:56
In most suburban communities, getting around on a bicycle and on foot is often difficult and sometimes treacherous. As a result, many people who would like to bike and walk more often tend to avoid doing so.
The good news is that we can change this.
We can create suburban communities that have high-quality, low-stress bike lanes, sidewalks and multi-use trails that could connect you to local shops, work, school and neighboring communities.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:49
When you’re rebuilding a transportation corridor in one of the densest parts of Chicago, where already more than 20 percent of people are travelling by bus, it stands to reason that the project should include major upgrades to transit service.
Unfortunately, in the case of North Lake Shore Drive, the jury is still out.
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:19
In an effort to speed up local bus service and reverse bus ridership decline, CTA is unveiling faster boarding at two more bus stops.
Starting June 27, riders will be able to pay their fare while waiting for a bus and quickly board the following routes:
•Southbound #135 and #146 buses at Inner Drive/Belmont
(6:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., weekdays)
Submitted by su-administrator on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:36
Uber hasn’t had a great 2017 so far — what with employee allegations of a culture of sexual harassment, evidence that the company has been systematically deceiving government inspectors, and a lawsuit claiming that it stole autonomous vehicle technology from Google.
Nevertheless, the company remains the most celebrated tech disruptor du jour, and its seemingly ever-growing customer base has convinced many people that it represents the future of urban transportation.
Submitted by Jacque Henrikson on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 16:32
This week the elevated CTA platform at Clark and Lake took a step back in time as vintage train cars from the 1920s and 1970s rolled into the station in celebration of the L train’s 125th birthday. They ran around the stops in the Loop, tooting their horns for several hours.
While out on lunch break, a couple Active Trans staffers hopped on board for a ride around the Loop — for professional research, of course.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:15
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:32
Last week President Trump released his first full budget proposal, and it would be devastating for people who ride transit, bike and walk in the Chicago region.
These cuts were first put on the table in the administration's budget blueprint released in March, but now they're officially part of the White House's budget proposal.
Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:24
Speeding up buses in urban areas and attracting more riders is a difficult task if transit vehicles are constantly stuck in traffic.
Cleveland learned this lesson nearly 10 years ago and it continues to reap the benefits.
Submitted by su-administrator on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:55
Chicago should look to the West Coast as it considers investing more to speed up local buses.
Seventeen years ago, when Los Angeles County decided to give its buses priority at traffic signals, the buses experienced huge gains in speed and reliability. The county has a massive bus system that accounts for a majority of all public transportation trips.