Transit

Linking the Chicago River Trail on the NW Side

Part of the task of building a continuous Chicago River Trail means ensuring that other local trails connect to it and ensuring that access from local streets is safe and easy.

We took a step in the direction of creating a well connected Chicago River Trail recently when Chicago residents called on the city to finish the Weber Spur Trail on the city's Northwest Side.

The Weber Spur Trail (depicted on the map in the straight dotted line) will provide a key link to the river trail. 

Do your local candidates support active transportation?

With suburban municipal elections around the region less than a month away on April 4, it's a good time to ask: Where do my candidates stand on biking, walking and transportation? 

Active Trans is contacting candidates for mayor and village president from 200+ municipalities and requesting that they complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire to educate voters on their views related to active transportation issues.

Honoring our local transportation champions

Last week at the Active Trans Awards Reception a couple hundred people turned out to support the movement for healthier, cleaner transportation options in Chicagoland. 

Take our survey -- help improve Chicago’s bus service

Bus ridership has been declining significantly over the last several years. Why are fewer people riding the bus? There are many reasons for this decline, but we believe the central problem is that buses are often slow and unreliable. As a result, many are choosing alternative options when it comes to getting around the city.

How do you feel about Chicago’s bus service? Share your thoughts by taking our survey.

Schaumburg Express bus is suburban transit done right

We often talk about the challenge of connecting Chicago’s many suburban communities via public transit. The vast geography of the region and the hub-and-spoke nature of our transit system makes it difficult to reach many major suburban destinations without a car.

See where 4th Ward candidates stand

Early voting is already underway for the special municipal election for alderman of the 4th Ward, and transportation issues are front and center.

Residents of the 4th Ward can vote early through Feb. 27 or on election day, Feb. 28. Active Trans contacted all five candidates to get their views on biking, walking and public transit issues in order to inform 4th Ward voters.

New commuter rail coming to Northwest Indiana

Our regional commuter rail network is getting a major expansion in Northwest Indiana thanks to the West Lake Corridor Project, also known as the South Shore Line extension.

Led by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), the project is expected to be transformative for the region’s transportation accessibility and economic development.

Top ten transportation stories of 2016

The coming new year provides a moment to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. With that in mind, here's our list of the top ten active transportation stories from 2016.

As you browse through these, be sure to savor the successes — especially if you’re one of the many people who helped make them happen.  

Diverse crowds flock to San Bernardino’s BRT line

More cities across the United States are using bus rapid transit to help solve some of the challenges of conventional bus service.

Bus rapid transit, or BRT, is an innovative approach that combines off-board payment, dedicated bus lanes, signal clearance priority and improvements to station infrastructure to make riding the bus a more fast, comfortable and reliable option.