Friday, August 19, 2011

95th Street could be a bus rapid transit route

Back in 2008, I blogged here about an earlier proposal for bus rapid transit. One of those routes that would've been affected back then was the #79. A new proposal will affect the #95 route.

Here's a map below provided by the Tribune that shows all the BRT routes around the city proposed by the Metropolitian Planning Council (MPC). They will connect to not only CTA L lines, but also to Metra lines. For example #95 BRT route would connect not only to the 95/Dan Ryan station, but also to the stations along Metra's Rock Island line. What this reflects
Currently according to the Tribune the CTA is only considering three routes around the city for BRT with three more planned in the future. The MPC, has one good reason to consider their alternative:
They differ in most cases from the three routes the CTA is planning (on Jeffery Boulevard, Western and an east-west transitway connecting commuter rail stations in the Loop), and another three routes in the future. The streets selected in the new study are wider and more linear, which make it generally easier to implement and operate rapid transit bus lines, officials said.

The two major locations where the CTA and the study agree are on Ashland and Western avenues, where the CTA is conducting a corridor study covering 21 square miles.
Now if only we can get people from Altgeld Gardens better access to public transportation either through BRT or the Red Line extension.

Hat-tip CTA Tattler!

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