Transit

Region needs 'mobility partnerships'

In order for people to fully access jobs and contribute to the economy, mobility is key. Yet, in many parts of the Chicago area people do not have convenient access to transit service. 

Despite the Chicago area’s extensive public transit system – the RTA reported 635 million CTA, Metra and Pace trips in 2015 – ridership has been flat or declining in recent years. 

Transit use is greatly affected by its availability and reliability, and our public transit services don’t reach everyone. So, partnerships are needed.

CTA, Divvy receive grant for app upgrades

Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare network is a nationally recognized success story.

As the program continues to expand, many have recognized the need to integrate it with the rest of Chicago’s transit system. This effort took a major step forward last week when Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Dan Lipinski announced a $400,000 federal grant to help incorporate Divvy into the Ventra app.  

Belmont Blue Line station to get major upgrade

Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Dorval Carter, Jr. announced on Monday that the Belmont Blue Line stop is getting a $15 million upgrade.

As a part of the city’s Your New Blue program, the station will be transformed into a new Belmont Gateway, seeking to “create an efficient, attractive environment for…customers while also incorporating modern, innovative designs.”

LA's great BRT success story

As overall Chicago transit ridership continues to increase, CTA buses are experiencing a decline in use. The number of people using Chicago’s bus system fell by 1.8 million rides last year, while the L added over 3.5 million trips.  

Safe Roads Amendment about more than just roads

If you’re only seeing the TV and online ads for the proposed “Safe Roads Amendment,” you get the impression it’s only about roads and that it would restrict spending on transit, biking and walking.

The reality is it would lead to a larger pot of money for all modes, including active transportation.

New funding mechanism could lead to more transit investment

While decades of projects show how upgrading and expanding public transit are strong economic investments, it’s still extremely difficult for cities like Chicago to fund major projects in today’s financial climate.

Now city officials are hopeful a new tool will allow transit agencies to leverage the economic benefits of transit investment to secure federal funds for major projects.

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. 

Public transit in Chicago's disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Urban League, founded 100 years ago, works for economic and social progress for African Americans and has a rich history of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

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.

Explore Chicago with Ride ‘N Seek

Can you find a great day on the CTA — a.k.a. an elevator status board with “All elevators in service”?

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