All Aboard: Open House Meetings to Discuss Bus Rapid Transit

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CTA to present plans for Bus Rapid Transit. Photo by vxla.

If the words “rapid bus” strike you as an oxymoron, well, you’re not alone. Averaging nine miles per hour, buses are the tortoise of the transit system. But Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) promises to be a completely different animal, behaving more like rail service, with speedier boarding procedures and faster travel times.

CTA is considering a proposal to create BRT routes along Western and Ashland Avenues, from Howard south to 21st Street. These thoroughfares were chosen for several reasons: high bus ridership, proximity to CTA and Metra rail lines, potential redevelopment sites and numerous zero-car households.

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about BRT and provide feedback related to the CTA’s plans at a series of upcoming open houses (the same information will be presented at all three sessions). The nearest meeting for RVJ readers is scheduled for June 13 at Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional meetings:

Tuesday, June 12
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
7th District Police Station
1438 W. 63rd St.

Thursday, June 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Wells Community Academy High School
936 N. Ashland Ave.

Western Ashland Brt Study

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