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April 22, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA and Mayor Emanuel's office announced a detailed proposal last week to create express bus service on Ashland Avenue, but don't expect residents, riders or business owners to sign on too quickly. The project would dedicate one center travel lane in each direction along Ashland Avenue between 95th Street and Irving Park Road for bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically relies on green-light priority and dedicated lanes for buses. The move is expected to improve bus speeds up to 83 percent along Ashland Avenue.
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June 7, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick moved to Pilsen two months ago and already they've made their mark on Chicago. The husband-and-wife team placed second in a contest by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation to design shelters for upcoming express bus service in Chicago. The couple said their entry, "Enthalpy," was inspired by Lake Michigan and its ability to create energy. The fully enclosed glass stations rely on solar panels. Inside, there are benches and vending machines to purchase bus tickets.
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May 21, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Today is the deadline to submit ideas for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's contest to design bus shelters for express bus service that's coming to Ashland Avenue and the Loop. The "Next Stop" contest was created to encourage conversation about bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically allows bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority over cars, said Ingrid Haftel, associate curator for the Architecture Foundation. Participants envision how the bus shelters should look in the Loop and on Ashland Avenue , where bus rapid transit is slated to arrive in the next few...
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May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has plans to introduce on-board bus tracker screens on buses that travel on one express route between the Loop and South Deering, the agency said Friday. The CTA for months has been testing a bus tracker screen aboard one No. J14 Jeffery Jump bus, the agency's first route with elements of bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically relies on dedicated lanes and traffic signal priority for buses. By this summer, all 25 Jeffery Jump buses will have the screens, which show arrival times for buses that connect to the route, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
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April 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Ashland Avenue will get a dedicated center bus lane in each direction for express bus service between 95th Street and Irving Park Road, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce today. This is the first step in bringing bus rapid transit, service that typically relies on traffic signal priority and dedicated lanes for buses, to Ashland Avenue. Construction could begin as early as 2015, the CTA said. The city has been studying the possibility of bus rapid transit on Ashland and Western Avenues but decided to prioritize Ashland Avenue.
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May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has plans to introduce on-board bus tracker screens on buses that travel on one express route between the Loop and South Deering, the agency said Friday. The CTA for months has been testing a bus tracker screen aboard one No. J14 Jeffery Jump bus, the agency's first route with elements of bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically relies on dedicated lanes and traffic signal priority for buses. By this summer, all 25 Jeffery Jump buses will have the screens, which show arrival times for buses that connect to the route, CTA spokeswoman...
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June 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA wants its riders to express themselves about express buses. The agency is hosting open houses this week about bus rapid transit, an express bus system that typically relies on bus-only lanes and traffic priority for buses. The CTA is considering adding this service on Western and/or Ashland Avenues; a pilot is set to begin later this year on Jeffery Boulevard on the South Side. The CTA has been slowly introducing the idea of bus rapid transit to Chicago. Last week, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which offers exhibits,...
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May 7, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
It was a soggy but quiet homecoming for the CTA's 5000-series rail cars, which debuted on the Pink Line this week after a nearly six-month hiatus. The CTA on Sunday rolled out two trains, each composed of six cars, which feature electronic signs, security cameras and the controversial aisle-facing seats. The cars had been out of service since late last year, when the CTA noticed defective wheel parts. Cars already in the CTA's possession were retrofit with new parts. The CTA said it has asked for additional inspections and checks from Bombardier, the company that manufactures the...
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February 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
No final designs have been unveiled, but some already are raising concerns about potential options for express bus service along Ashland and Western avenues. The CTA is evaluating four designs that could remove car traveling lanes, parking lanes, center medians and left turns along Ashland and Western avenues to make way for bus-only lanes that could cut travel time between Fullerton Avenue and 79th Street nearly in half. A preferred design is expected to be presented early this year.
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October 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is hosting various meetings this week for riders to weigh in on upcoming projects. > > On Thursday night, riders will get to see  proposals to overhaul the Wilson station in Uptown. Work is expected to begin next year on the Red Line stop, the three-time winner of Going Public's Crust Station contest to dishonor the most disgusting CTA stop. Construction is expected to continue into 2015. The station is expected to become a transfer station for Purple Line trains.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Today is the deadline to submit ideas for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's contest to design bus shelters for express bus service that's coming to Ashland Avenue and the Loop. The "Next Stop" contest was created to encourage conversation about bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically allows bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority over cars, said Ingrid Haftel, associate curator for the Architecture Foundation. Participants envision how the bus shelters should look in the Loop and on Ashland Avenue , where bus rapid transit is slated to arrive in the next few...
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA and Mayor Emanuel's office announced a detailed proposal last week to create express bus service on Ashland Avenue, but don't expect residents, riders or business owners to sign on too quickly. The project would dedicate one center travel lane in each direction along Ashland Avenue between 95th Street and Irving Park Road for bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically relies on green-light priority and dedicated lanes for buses. The move is expected to improve bus speeds up to 83 percent along Ashland Avenue.
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April 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Ashland Avenue will get a dedicated center bus lane in each direction for express bus service between 95th Street and Irving Park Road, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce today. This is the first step in bringing bus rapid transit, service that typically relies on traffic signal priority and dedicated lanes for buses, to Ashland Avenue. Construction could begin as early as 2015, the CTA said. The city has been studying the possibility of bus rapid transit on Ashland and Western Avenues but decided to prioritize Ashland...
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
No final designs have been unveiled, but some already are raising concerns about potential options for express bus service along Ashland and Western avenues. The CTA is evaluating four designs that could remove car traveling lanes, parking lanes, center medians and left turns along Ashland and Western avenues to make way for bus-only lanes that could cut travel time between Fullerton Avenue and 79th Street nearly in half. A preferred design is expected to be presented early this year.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is hosting various meetings this week for riders to weigh in on upcoming projects. > > On Thursday night, riders will get to see  proposals to overhaul the Wilson station in Uptown. Work is expected to begin next year on the Red Line stop, the three-time winner of Going Public's Crust Station contest to dishonor the most disgusting CTA stop. Construction is expected to continue into 2015. The station is expected to become a transfer station for Purple Line trains.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA today released details about its upcoming experiment with bus rapid transit, an express bus service that typically relies on bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority for buses. The service, which will run along Jeffery Boulevard, will be called Jeffery Jump, the CTA announced today. It also released a photo of the bus, which will be blue. The route, which will operate between 103rd Street and Ogilvie station, is expected to begin running in November. The agency says it will shave five to seven minutes off the morning and...
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA today released details about its upcoming experiment with bus rapid transit, an express bus service that typically relies on bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority for buses. The service, which will run along Jeffery Boulevard, will be called Jeffery Jump, the CTA announced today. It also released a photo of the bus, which will be blue. The route, which will operate between 103rd Street and Ogilvie station, is expected to begin running in November. The agency says it will shave five to seven minutes off the morning and evening commute.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick moved to Pilsen two months ago and already they've made their mark on Chicago. The husband-and-wife team placed second in a contest by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation to design shelters for upcoming express bus service in Chicago. The couple said their entry, "Enthalpy," was inspired by Lake Michigan and its ability to create energy. The fully enclosed glass stations rely on solar panels. Inside, there are benches and vending machines to purchase bus tickets.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
George and Sara Aye of Logan Square are campaigning for change. The husband-wife team is trying to raise money to fund a CTA app that goes beyond Bus and Train Tracker to serve as a digital customer service agent that would tell riders what's near their station and provide alternative routes if train service is shut down. To raise the $125,000 the Ayes believe it costs to develop such an app, they turned to Kickstarter, an online funding platform that is becoming a go-to for CTA-related projects.
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA wants its riders to express themselves about express buses. The agency is hosting open houses this week about bus rapid transit, an express bus system that typically relies on bus-only lanes and traffic priority for buses. The CTA is considering adding this service on Western and/or Ashland Avenues; a pilot is set to begin later this year on Jeffery Boulevard on the South Side. The CTA has been slowly introducing the idea of bus rapid transit to Chicago. Last week, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which offers exhibits, lectures and education...
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