Chicago is beginning to develop a Bus Rapid Transit network -- a transportation solution MPC helped the city adapt for our streets with our 2011 report Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity. A new route planned for five miles of Ashland Avenue will transform the surrounding neighborhoods not only by helping people connect to jobs, schools and other destinations, but also with impressive new BRT stations. Permanent, iconic transit stations, like those planned for Chicago's BRT network, serve as community hubs and attract both residential and retail development. The challenge is to ensure this new development benefits the local communities.
Join us for this MPC Roundtable that will explore how other cities have invested in new transportation options that improve surrounding neighborhoods while keeping them affordable -- and what Chicago can learn from these examples. Speakers include:
Melinda Pollack, Vice President for Transit Oriented Development, Enterprise Community Partners;
Walter Hook, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy;
Annie Weinstock, Director, US and Africa, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy;
Peter Skosey, Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council.