Bus Rapid Transit for the Masses

An ambitious BRT plan for Chicago could be a great boon for inner-city folks greatly in need of better ways to get around, says Yonah Freemark.
August 26, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Upon taking office, new Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that the BRT would be on his agenda. Yonah Freemark says that the MTA moved forward, but ended up with a watered-down plan that wouldn't have a substantial effect on the city. But...

"But a new proposal by the influential Chicago-area Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), whose board is a collection of some of the city's top business leaders, goes a lot further, promoting a $1.23 billion project that would dramatically improve connections between the city's outlying neighborhoods and reinforce the core network of commuter rail and L lines. While Chicago, like all major cities, has a number of transportation priorities, an endorsement by Mr. Emanuel of this scheme as the city's long-term plan could go a long way towards making the city a place where it is easier than ever to get around without a private automobile."

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Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in the transport politic
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