Plan Paves Way for Bus Rapid Transit System

August 17, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — Conditions are ripe in Chicago to try launching the first true bus rapid transit system in the U.S., according to advocates who will unveil their blueprint Wednesday.  The proposal being introduced by theMetropolitan Planning Council calls for starting with a network of 10 CTA bus rapid transit routes covering about 95 miles of mostly bus-only lanes, with buses making stops every half mile at special stations where passenger prepay their fares just like at rail stations.  The service is aimed at producing major travel time savings by doubling average speeds compared to regular buses stuck in traffic, as well as connecting with nearby CTA and Metra rail stations.

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