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Lessons in transit: How Chicagoland can improve its transit network

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What ideas do you have for making our region’s transit system more attractive, efficient and reliable? Every few weeks MPC produces Talking Transit, an e-newsletter highlighting transit innovations from around the world, to spark some new thinking for our transit system – and we’d love your ideas!

To get your juices flowing, here are some noteworthy nuggets from past Talking Transit articles:

  • Bogota’s bus rapid transit network provides almost the same number of weekday trips as the entire Chicago Transit Authority bus and rail network combined.
  • In preparation for the Winter Olympics, a $2.2 billion light rail service was constructed in Vancouver, Canada. It is the largest transit construction project in the history of British Columbia.
  • When Minnesota received a $133 million grant to expand its congestion pricing program to the gridlocked I-35W, state officials allocated 65 percent of the federal grant for a variety of transit projects as part of the state’s strategy to alleviate congestion.

Transit junkie? Sign up for your copy of Talking Transit today! And if you have ideas for future stories, e-mail

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  1. 1. Jakob Eriksson from UIC on September 11, 2010

    real-time, public tracking of all vehicles (not just CTA buses)
    common farecards
    ideally a common organization with shared goals

  2. 2. Jakob Eriksson from UIC on September 11, 2010

    your comment function strips out newlines without warning.

  3. 3. Rick Groves from Roscoe Village on September 22, 2010

    One region. One system. One fare card. And publicly available information about parking options with the ability to buy parking tags online.

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