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Federal support announced for great projects

On Wednesday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced 66 projects will receive federal funding over the next five years to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance non-motorized travel in the city and suburbs.

New Pace Bus budget includes $7.6 million in new service

While financial constraints have left local government agencies struggling to fund public transit in recent years, at least one agency is planning to expand service in 2016.

Pace, the suburban bus provider in the Chicago region, released its proposed 2016 budget last week, and it includes nearly $8 million in new service.

SouthEast Service would be boon for South Suburbs

The south suburbs is one of the most underserved areas in the Chicago region’s rapid transit network and for decades residents and businesses have rallied behind the proposed SouthEast Service (SES) line as a transformational project.

Funding Red Line South Extension should be a priority

Extending the CTA's Red Line south to 130th street has been talked about for more than a decade.

The project has strong public and political support, and Mayor Emanuel has said it’s one of his second term priorities.

In 2014, the CTA announced the list of extension alternatives had been narrowed to one “preferred alternative,” and work is underway on the Environmental Impact Statement needed to secure federal funding for the project.

Victory for bike advocacy!

People who have been daydreaming about toting their bicycles on the South Shore Line will soon see their dreams come true thanks to advocacy efforts by Active Trans and other grassroots voices. 

After years of pressure from Active Trans, the Save the Dunes Council and the National Parks Conservation Association, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD)  — the agency that operates the train line — announced it will launch a bikes-on-trains pilot program on weekends during spring 2016. 

Bikes on trains solution finally coming for NICTD?

On July 31, the Northern Indiana Commuter Rail District (NICTD) will be holding a board meeting to discuss how bikes can be allowed on the South Shore Line trains in the near future -- and hopefully the board will have an updated proposal.

A team of NICTD consultants recently released a proposed plan to allow bikes on the South Shore Line trains.

Celebrating Bike to Work Week in the suburbs

The city of Chicago promotes bike culture through a celebratory week of biking once a year, but did you know various suburbs also celebrate Bike to Work Week, as well? 

Here are just a few of the efforts to encourage more biking in suburban communities during Bike to Work Week. 



The Village of Lombard, which has participated in Bike to Work Week since 2005, uses a unique approach to get more of the village employees to ride their bikes or walk to work during the week. 

Kids on Wheels rolls through second year

Thanks to Active Trans' Kids on Wheels program, more kids in the region are learning to ride bikes safely and more schools are offering bike education. 

Kids on Wheels provides a “starter fleet” consisting of a fully enclosed mobile trailer containing 28 bikes, helmets, and all the needed accessories and training for a school district to provide a comprehensive bike education program. 

Inexcusable feet-dragging earns NICTD special award

The Active Transportation Alliance is presenting the Broken Spoke Award to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) for its distinction as the least bike-friendly commuter rail service in the nation.  

NICTD — which operates the South Shore Line commuter train line that runs between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana — has achieved the very special status of being the only commuter train line in the nation that does not allow passengers to bring bikes on trains. 

Good news on Illiana, but more work to be done

Finally, some good news coming from our state capital for people who bike, walk and ride transit.

On Tuesday Gov. Rauner announced the Illiana Tollway will not move forward and removed the project from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) current multi-year plan. The state determined “project costs exceed currently available resources.”