Chicago is considering plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Western and Ashland Avenues. BRT reinvents the bus, offering a better transit experience with the reliability and speed of a train. But these transit improvements may be threatened by plans that give priority to car drivers over everyone else who uses these streets. Tell Chicago city officials you want a world-class BRT system that includes bus-only lanes and state-of-the-art transit facilities!
Cities around the world are using bus-only lanes, full-service transit stations and high-tech traffic signals to create high-quality BRT systems that drastically improve transit service. This could be coming to Chicago! Some people may resist dedicating even a small portion of our roadways to transit, but doing so makes a more efficient transportation network that benefits everyone.
There are many reasons BRT will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, from providing better access to jobs and services, to reducing traffic congestion and making our streets safer.
Riders for Better Transit is an initiative of the Active Transportation Alliance, fighting for a stronger voice for Chicagoland transit riders. Help us send the message that Chicago needs to make transit a priority on the streets in this corridor.
There are many reasons BRT will improve the quality of life in Chicago, from providing better access to jobs and services, to reducing traffic congestion and making our streets safer.
BRT projects can provide a faster, easier and more reliable new transit option. In order to provide better service, BRT relies on bus-only lanes, full-service transit stations and high-tech traffic signals. But streets that prioritize car drivers over all other road users lead to poor transit service and create an environment that limits walking and basic transportation access in our community.
I’m joining with Riders for Better Transit to urge you to prioritize transit and pedestrians in the Western/Ashland corridor with truly world-class BRT, including bus-only lanes and pedestrian-friendly streets with full-service BRT stations.