The Better Streets for Buses Plan promises to revolutionise Chicago's transit landscape, enhancing accessibility and reliability through strategic infrastructure investments and bus service improvements.
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Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
With enhanced reliability, increased height and improved durability, CTA's new and advanced ADA-compliant faregates will improve accessibility and security across its rail system by early 2024.
FTA allocates $20 million to enhance public transit in 47 distressed communities, creating job opportunities and improving accessibility for residents in low-income areas through targeted studies based on Census data.
CTA approves the $25.6 million renovation of Austin Green Line station, ensuring full accessibility for individuals with mobility devices through lift installation and other improvements.
In line with its commitment to achieve a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040, the new electric buses are set to arrive in early 2025, offering reduced emissions and cost savings for the Chicago Transit Authority.
In line with its electrification goals, CTA's new all-electric buses will serve Chicago's Far South Side on the #63 route, promoting equity and reducing air pollution in the communities that it serves.
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CTA marks a steady post-pandemic recovery, as its ridership continues to grow, with an annual total of 243.5 million rides in 2022, an increase of over 47 million compared to the previous year.
Chicago's two new pilot programmes aim to enforce parking violations, reduce crashes and fatalities, as well as promote a more efficient and reliable transportation system using existing infrastructure and new technology.
In line with its plan to make all rail stations fully accessible by 2038, this infrastructure project will provide CTA customers with a new lift and ADA accessible ramp from the stationhouse to the platform.
By optimising its bus schedule, CTA aims to provide more consistent intervals between buses, reduce instances of large or inconsistent gaps in service, as well as better align services with the current available workforce.
By making these temporary measures permanent, CTA will be able to improve service reliability by allowing buses to travel faster and stay on schedule, making riding the bus a more reliable and attractive transport option.
In addition to making its daily bus operations more efficient, CTA's new farebox system will improve access to transit services by providing riders with a more equitable cash fare option.
The installation of the new security camera monitors across all 145 rail stations will allow Chicago Transit Authority employees to stay aware of activity, ensuring the safety of the CTA workforce and transit riders.
The new Regional Connect Pass is replacing two current passes available to Metra monthly pass holders and will provide unlimited rides all month on CTA and Pace services with no day or time restrictions.