CTA Holding More Bus Rapid Transit Discussions

By Sam Charles | Monday, October 15, 2012

A #49 Western Ave bus trundles down a road that may soon host Bus Rapid Transit. Credit: Geoff Dankert

Lane Tech High School will host part of a round of public forums  this Thursday as the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Economic Development and the Federal Transit Administration look to further engage the public in the city’s plan to expand rapid transit bus service to areas along Western and/or Ashland Avenues.

CTA staff will present feedback to the public, as well as information from the Alternatives Analysis study currently underway on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at three different locations along the potentially affected routes.

Planning has been underway for some time and this is the second round of public meetings. An earlier set were held in June.

The meeting on the 16th is scheduled to be held at Iglesia Rebano Church, located at 2435 W. Division St. in the Humboldt Park community. On the 17th, CTA representatives will meet with the public at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood. On the 18th, a meeting will be held at Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison St. All meetings are expected to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Information presented at all three meetings will be the same, according to the CTA.

One of the main goals of the project is to “strengthen the non-downtown, north-south connections to CTA and Metra’s transit network, while improving regional, neighborhood and job connectivity.”

It is estimated that more than 45,000 people without access to a car live within proximity of what’s being dubbed “The Western and Ashland Corridor,” the stretches of both streets that run from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south.

The #9 Ashland and #49 Western buses are the CTA’s second- and third-most popular bus routes, but bus speeds during morning and afternoon rush hours can often average less than 10 mph.

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