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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…
A Shift in Criteria for Federal Funding
In November 2007, Charlotte, NC, unveiled the first light rail project in North Carolina history. The 9.6-mile LYNX Blue Line, connecting Charlotte’s suburban South End to its downtown financial district, is a regional strategy to address growing congestion problems in the greater…
USDOT puts skin in the game by providing funding for livability criteria
We at MPC have been very encouraged by the announcement of the 6 federal livability principles and excited to see how USDOT, EPA, and HUD are finally going to be walking the same walk, singing the same song, and coordinating efforts. We got so excited we even offered a seventh principle to include…
Good land use + multimodal accessibility = healthy, happy city
When you think about transit-friendly and walkable cities, chances are Des Moines, Iowa doesn't immediately come to mind. However, in the past 20 years, Des Moines has been aggressively working to improve its downtown district adding transit, bicycle, and pedestrian-friendly amenities to its…
Another try at BRT in Chicago
A few years ago, the CTA was eligible to apply for a $153 million federal grant to begin operating the first four pilot routes of what ultimately would have become a citywide bus rapid transit (BRT) network. Chicago’s four pilot routes had geographic diversity, high ridership, and unique…

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