Photo Courtesy of Brandon Farley
Imagine a bus rapid transit system running along our major corridors!
For the first time ever, federal decision makers on housing, transportation and environment are all at the table, talking the same talk and walking the same walk. This effort, known as the Sustainable Communities Initiative, got its first wave of funding last week in the form of a $130 million grant for new transit projects in urban areas and another $150 million to upgrade aging buses and shelters. Projects will improve transportation choices, promote affordable housing, support existing communities, and improve the environment.
So what could CTA, Metra and Pace do with a chunk of that change?
I envision a new bus rapid transit system along Chicago’s major arterials to help us fill in the gaps between rail stations and improve mobility. We could provide more transit service from suburb to suburb to connect the region’s job centers with where people live. What about digital displays that let you know when the next bus is coming, station lighting, and better accessibility for disabled riders? And no one in the region would deny that more bus shelters sure would come in handy for these brisk winter breezes and slushy snow storms!
What would the region be like if people could choose transit instead of driving for their everyday needs? As my mind starts to piece together a vision for a comprehensive and world-class transit city, I’m curious to know: What would you do to improve transit service?