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Chicago Bus Rapid Transit. Improving Transportation in Chicago is Making the Most of Every Option Pedestrians – Countdown Signals, Safety Improvements.

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1 Chicago Bus Rapid Transit

2 Improving Transportation in Chicago is Making the Most of Every Option Pedestrians – Countdown Signals, Safety Improvements Cyclists – Bike Sharing, Innovative and New Bikeways, Expand Parking Motorists – Use technology to improve Signal Timing and Traveler Info Freight Rail – CREATE Program to improve efficiency Transit – Rebuild systems, Improve Access, Implement Bus Rapid Transit

3 Chicago is Committed to BRT Mayor Emanuel and Chicago are committed to BRT The Mayor campaigned to add this service to the arsenal of transportation options currently available to all Chicagoans with a goal of using BRT to connect the Citys rail lines and neighborhoods Mayoral transition plan calls for full BRT pilot completed within 2-3 years

4 Why BRT in Chicago ? Not all neighborhoods equally served by premium transit service 26% of Chicago households do not own a car (transit dependent) BRT most cost effective way to increase service quality for all, regardless of economic status – particularly during hard economic times Shifting commuters from car to bus relieves congestion on arterials and downtown streets Western Ave ADTs

5 Chicagos BRT Advantages Existing high bus ridership and patronage; well-established rail network to anchor bus network Existing articulated bus fleet Traffic Signal Priority already started on Western Avenue, with CMAQ-funded expansion scheduled in 2012 Automated traffic enforcement experience Bus and Train Tracker systems already in place with plans for expansion to bus shelters Upcoming Open Fare system will provide opportunity for more experimentation with payment methods and enforcement Wide support from civic groups and other agencies

6 Chicago BRT Implementation Central Loop Transit Corridor Provides access via Washington and Madison between Union Station, North Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier (the States most popular tourist destination) Western Corridor Western and Ashland Avenues Western is Chicagos longest, continuous thoroughfare connecting the far south side with the far north side. Multiple rail connections. Jeffery Boulevard Chicagos first BRT – opening in late Provides access to CBD from south side via Lake Shore Drive Fully funded with Federal grant

7 Chicago Proposed BRT Network These three BRT projects are part of a larger proposed BRT network. These proposed investments build onto and enhance Chicagos robust rail network and lakefront express bus routes. Central Loop BRT Western Corridor BRT Jeffery BRT

8 Central Loop BRT Overview Will enhance existing bus lanes improved engineering enforcement of bus lanes Customer amenities and an off-street bus terminal at Union Station Funded through $25M Federal grant Construction in 2013, opening in 2014

9 Central Loop BRT Scope Two Miles of Bus Priority Lanes Madison-Washington one-way pair Canal-Clinton one-way pair Video enforcement of bus-only use Branded, Enhanced Bus Service Rail terminals to/from N. Michigan Ave. & Navy Pier Enhanced Decaux shelters under consideration Video screens with BusTracker and other travel info Transportation Center at Union Station Serves CTA buses and private shuttles Uses existing pedway under Jackson Improvements for Pedestrians & Cyclists e.g., Bike lanes on Madison, Washington

10 Central Loop BRT

11 Central Loop BRT Transportation Center at Union Station (conceptual design, Union Station at right)

12 Western Corridor BRT Market Western & Ashland Avenues Provides cross-town, non-CBD trips Multiple connections to CTA and Metra rail network Serves Illinois Medical District (IMD) Existing High Ridership Corridors Corridors connect various communities of diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds Corridor Ridership Average Weekday Average Saturday Average Sunday Western29,38820,75213,786 Ashland30,94123,02616,269

13 Western Corridor BRT Implementation & Funding Federal grant received for Alternatives Analysis to study improvements on two north-south arterials: Western and Ashland Avenues Traditional Federal Small Start or New Start grant process – if awarded – would take many years to implement Other strategies are needed to implement BRT investments sooner, to provide more immediate results and to showcase BRT benefits Public-Private Partnerships Phased Implementation

14 Western Corridor BRT Opportunity: 80% of the Bang for 20% of the Buck? Avoid lengthy process – results sooner rather than later Focus on treatments throughout corridor that are less capital-intensive Focus on pinch-points Quick-hit, low cost, yet visible and effective Dedicated lanes Automated enforcement BusTracker Limited stops Distinctive Buses Distinctive Shelters New DeCaux design Raised boarding platforms Information Kiosks Transit signal Priority (CMAQ funded) Queue jumps Pre-paid fare pilot Bumpouts Bus pads

15 Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Thank you

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17 Chicagos BRT Advantages Existing high bus ridership and patronage; well-established rail network to anchor bus network Existing articulated bus fleet Traffic Signal Priority already started on Western Avenue, with CMAQ-funded expansion scheduled in 2012 Automated traffic enforcement experience Bus and Train Tracker systems already in place; plans for expansion to bus shelters Upcoming Open Fare system will provide opportunity for more experimentation with payment methods and enforcement Wide support from civic groups and other agencies DDOT Multi-modal Display


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