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Old 01-29-2018, 04:08 AM
 
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Some of you will remember, decades ago, a study of extending the blue line to Hoffman Estates. After all, with 500,000 working there, the Northwest Corridor is the second largest employment center after downtown Chicago. It morphed into part of the STAR commuter rail line, which never got off he ground. However, as part of the Tollway's MOVE ILLINOIS program, transit accommodation for Bus Rapid Transit was provided on I90. This includes park and rides stations at several points. Reportedly, buses will be able to breeze by traffic jams on the shoulder. Yet hardly any media coverage. Pace Bus

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Old 01-29-2018, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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Some of you will remember, decades ago, a study of extending the blue line to Hoffman Estates. After all, with 500,000 working there, the Northwest Corridor is the second largest employment center after downtown Chicago. It morphed into part of the STAR commuter rail line, which never got off he ground. However, as part of the Tollway's MOVE ILLINOIS program, transit accommodation for Bus Rapid Transit was provided on I90. This includes park and rides stations at several points. Reportedly, buses will be able to breeze by traffic jams on the shoulder. Yet hardly any media coverage. Pace Bus
Great to hear but buses aren't really news. It won't resonate with today's younger workers, who dislike buses and suburban-oriented transit generally. Still, I hope it's successful. Anything that gets people out of cars is fine by me.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:54 AM
 
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Some of you will remember, decades ago, a study of extending the blue line to Hoffman Estates. After all, with 500,000 working there, the Northwest Corridor is the second largest employment center after downtown Chicago. It morphed into part of the STAR commuter rail line, which never got off he ground. However, as part of the Tollway's MOVE ILLINOIS program, transit accommodation for Bus Rapid Transit was provided on I90. This includes park and rides stations at several points. Reportedly, buses will be able to breeze by traffic jams on the shoulder. Yet hardly any media coverage. Pace Bus
Running PACE buses on the shoulders is far from being a new undertaking, hence the lack of coverage by media.

Truth be told, it is light years cheaper/easier to add buses like this vs. the complexities of extending the CTA.
This just underscores how poorly we handle public trans in the US.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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The existing Pace express bus service along the Stevenson has seen good ridership, so much so that additional buses have been added -- https://patch.com/illinois/plainfiel...ainfield-route

The fact is that the depletion of jobs in the once booming NW Tollway corridor means the new express bus service there is really more like the existing "spoke" of rail service that funnels workers into the Loop hub -- New pedestrian bridge at Barrington Road part of express bus option on I-90

In the greater silicon valley / San Francisco area the express buses are a significant part of the transportation mix, even for young people -- https://www.citylab.com/transportati...-buses/500435/

Apparently there has been "violence" directed to those buses -- https://nypost.com/2018/01/18/someon...shuttle-buses/
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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The existing Pace express bus service along the Stevenson has seen good ridership, so much so that additional buses have been added -- https://patch.com/illinois/plainfiel...ainfield-route

The fact is that the depletion of jobs in the once booming NW Tollway corridor means the new express bus service there is really more like the existing "spoke" of rail service that funnels workers into the Loop hub -- New pedestrian bridge at Barrington Road part of express bus option on I-90

In the greater silicon valley / San Francisco area the express buses are a significant part of the transportation mix, even for young people -- https://www.citylab.com/transportati...-buses/500435/

Apparently there has been "violence" directed to those buses -- https://nypost.com/2018/01/18/someon...shuttle-buses/
When we get rent control and land... I mean master tenants get to charge $4,000 per month for city apartments like they do in SF, then the Pace Bus express service routes might become more relevant to our Millennials. However, I am glad to hear that ridership is strong. Bus or no bus, we need to encourage greater public transit usage around here.
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:09 PM
 
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Elon musk building a high speed railway for us? This Line?
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