Chicagoans Heart CTA Brown Line Improvements – The Data Show It

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The Brown Line Capacity Enhancement Project in Chicago was completed in 2009/2010, and Chicagoans seem to love the Brown Line based on the data. The $530 million project was for expanding platforms to allow for 8-car trains, in addition to station improvements and ADA accessibility.  Since 2009, CTA Brown Line ridership growth far exceeds all the other lines combined.  Brown Line ridership exploded by 13.5% in 2009, compared to 1.4% for all other lines. Since then, the Brown Line has consistently outpaced ridership growth in the rest of the CTA rail system. The US Federal Transit Administration contributed $245 million towards … Continue reading

Would More Drivers Use Mass Transit if It Mimicked Private Cars?

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By Emily Badger, Published: January 15. 2013

Personal Rapid Transit is probably best described as a hybrid between the private car and public transit, with some more familiar elements of the taxi and elevator thrown in. Picture, in short, a pod car. Engineers and researchers (even Google!) have been fantasizing for several decades now about the concept, which would personalize public transit in small vehicles – perhaps running on or hanging from an elevated track – that would transport you straight to your destination without any of the stops and delays of a bus route, or without the cost of a taxi ride…

Via the Atlantic Cities.