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The Future of Transit in Chicago

Proposed multi-modal transit hub from SOM's 2004 Chicago Central Area Plan. Image © SOM

Source: Chicago Magazine

While the Emanuel administration has proposed only two BRT lines, proponents such as John Greenfield, the editor of Streetsblog Chicago, and Philip Enquist, a partner at urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, advocate transforming two dozen major thoroughfares—running both east-west (including Irving Park Road, North Avenue, and 79th and 95th Streets) and north-south (California, Western, and Cicero Avenues)—about one every mile in each direction. “[Public] transit will become a much more attractive alternative to driving when you can actually get places as fast as driving,” says Enquist.

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