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Planning by the Numbers: CMAP survey shows Chicagoland needs better transportation options
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning recently released results from its Travel Tracker Survey, through which 10,552 households in northeastern Illinois provided a detailed travel inventory for each member of their household on one or two assigned travel days between January 2007 and…
What's your prescription for a healthier Chicago?
What do you think makes a community healthy? Is it safety measures, quality housing and transportation options, access to fresh food, or proximity to quality health care and amenities? Or is it some combination of all of these factors? Whatever you believe, here’s your chance to influence the…
The future of urban transit
Considering that approximately 65 percent of Chicago public transit users ride buses, it’s clear that improving the quality of bus service will retain existing and attract new people to public transit. As a regular bus rider myself, I know how much my commute – and, by extension, my…
Minnesota battles traffic with congestion pricing
In 2005, nine miles of underutilized carpool lanes along Minnesota’s I-394 corridor were converted into toll lanes. Since then, the lanes have accommodated more than 940,000 vehicles every year, and 90 percent of users maintain a very high level of satisfaction. Passengers in the non-tolled…
What's your favorite CTA, Metra or South Shore stop?
Before I joined MPC in 2004, I worked full-time as a journalist. As a j-school student, one of my class projects was to write about every stop on the Red Line. Each of us chose a stop and found a nearby story to share with our fellow students. That experience stayed with me: On the rare weekend…
See Spot! See Spot take public transit!
A few years ago I visited Munich and was impressed with the city’s public train system for its cleanliness, reliability, and efficient ticketing process. But what struck me most was the fact that pets were welcome passengers. Initially I was shocked to see a Great Dane board Munich’s…
Reinventing Detroit
In the first half of the twentieth century, Detroit was a transit city. In 1922, it became home to the largest municipally-owned transit system in the country, and at its peak in 1945, Detroit’s transit network provided 492 million rides. The streetcar system alone operated almost 1,500…
Bus Rapid Transit: Our Ticket to Livable Cities
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  • Jun 16, 2010
Listen to this June 16, 2010, event featuring a panel discussion on: An update on the future of bus rapid transit in Chicago. How we can plan now for a more walkable, transit-friendly Chicagoland — including national and international models and local ingredients for success. How the…
Bus Rapid Transit: Advancing Livable Cities
  • May 28, 2010
In 1974, Curitiba, Brazil, introduced the world’s first ever bus rapid transit (BRT) system. It offers the rapidly growing city a reliable, high-quality transportation option that provides accessibility and reduces congestion. The innovative bus service offers many features similar to…
Green transportation, in more ways than one
We all know green transportation saves gas, reduces our carbon footprint, and helps keep our waistlines in check. But a couple out-of-the-box initiatives in Chicagoland deserve recognition for going the extra green mile. Housing hunting by bike The Village of Homewood is partnering with Active…

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