Chicagoans, we could get a new major transportation link in the coming years if the nation’s first gold-standard bus rapid transit (BRT) project is built on Ashland Ave.
The project promises up to an 83% increase in bus speeds (the current #9 bus is slow in mixed traffic) by dedicating an entire lane to bus riders. You can find more details by reading the Environmental Assessment report (it’s long), the CTA’s information website on the project, and Streetsblog’s coverage of BRT.
You also have the chance to voice your support for the project during the current 30-day comment period, which ends December 20, 2013. You may submit your comments online here, or attend one of the two public meetings (information here).
It’s time Chicago receives a new transportation link that’s more reliable than the one we have and at significantly lower cost than a new rail line. This project is a great example of Chicago making do with limited transportation funds while still bringing about great benefit.