In the Loop: February 20, 2013 - Metropolitan Planning Council

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In the Loop: February 20, 2013

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The Wells Street Bridge will be reconstructed beginning March 1, shutting down Brown and Purple Line service to the Loop for two nine-day periods.

In the Loop is your round-up of what's going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit.


MPC answers Gov. Quinn’s call for economic solutions: We need to invest in reliable, multimodal transportation. Submit an idea to redefine Chicago public spaces to win $1,000 and the chance for your idea to become reality. If you need inspiration, check out our Placemaking blog series: it returns economic benefits and creates healthier communities.


In finance: Bryn Mawr CTA Red Line station overhauled with $10 million in TIF funds, while Sec. LaHood says announcement of TIFIA approval to finance Chicago's Riverwalk project coming soon. CTA ridership at highest levels in 22 years, so let’s take a look at the development potential at stations, and while we’re at it, learn what works and what doesn't work with Chicagoland transit governance – that could mean a merge of the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. IDOT’s $400 million Circle Interchange Project could decrease transit ridership. Instead of just complaining about those aisle-facing seats, help the CTA design new railcars.

In the Bus Rapid Transit department: Portland calls it light rail on tires, and the Rockefeller Foundation supports its development in Chicago with $1 million in additional funds. Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood wants BRT to decrease congestion and promote small businesses. Ahmedabad, India shows why implementing true Gold Standard BRT matters: a stunning 57% of the city’s motorists and two-wheel drivers have switched to the network.

Virginia’s Tysons Corner repositions itself with the help of transit, meet the rural region that opted for transit service over highway expansion, and Central Indiana region calls $1.3 billion transit investment a fiscally conservative approach.

A must watch: “So God Created Transit.”


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