Transit

Lincoln Bus

After years of community advocacy, CTA worked with community partners and agreed to restore the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus for a limited time. 

State’s multiyear plan shows misplaced priorities

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released its new six-year, $11.2 billion spending plan, and it’s sadly lacking in projects that benefit people who walk, bike and ride public transit.

Proposed BRT in Gary will aid local development

Rail systems are a fast, often preferable transit option for many people, but building them is time consuming and costly. Bus rapid transit (BRT) offers the experience of rail in the form of four wheels.

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.

Coalition wants to upgrade Metra Electric to rapid transit

For decades, South Chicagoland residents and transit experts have recognized the potential benefits of enhancing service along the Metra Electric District (MED) line. Now, after many years, there’s a renewed effort encouraging Metra to commit to improvements.

Active Trans has joined more than a dozen community groups from the South Side and South Suburbs as part of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric (CMME).

Take your bike on Amtrak trains to Grand Rapids

More good news for people who have been clamoring for taking their bikes on additional Amtrak train routes. As of this week, you can bring your bike aboard Amtrak trains bound for Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s unveiling of the same service on Amtrak’s Hiawatha route, which operates between Chicago and Milwaukee. 

Bringing your bike to Milwaukee on Amtrak just got much easier

Want to take your bike on the Amtrak train to Milwaukee? if so, you'll be pleased to know the process just took a big step forward in terms of convenience. 

Up until now, Amtrak passengers travelling with their bike between Milwaukee and Chicago had to put their bike in a box. Now people can store their fully-assembled bike in the baggage car during their trip. 

Raise the gas tax to fund transit and street improvements

Politicians in Illinois and across the country love talking about the need to “fix our crumbling infrastructure” and invest in our roads, bridges and transit systems so we can create jobs, strengthen our regional economy and help people get around safely.  

When the conversation moves to how to raise the necessary revenue through tax and fee increases, however, leaders too often sprint to the sidelines.

South Shore Line kicks off bikes-on-trains pilot project

After years of advocacy, South Shore Line riders rolled their bicycles aboard the Northwest Indiana commuter rail system’s trains for the very first time this weekend as part of a pilot project announced last year. Despite the nasty weather, a handful of people took advantage of the service durin

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.