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Vlajos Sep 23, 2014 8:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Chicago Shawn (Post 6740595)
Two words: Divvy and Ventra. Bus drivers often waive people with problem cards past the farebox, I assume there is some ridership data leakage there. Meanwhile Divvy has racked up some 2 million rides in 14.5 months of operations.

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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown (Post 6740617)
Ventra. It's no longer possible for poor people to transfer from one bus line to another, which of course used to count as two boardings.

Ok, all that combined very likely accounts for the decline. Thanks, I hadn't thought about those things.

It does seem like the kinks in Ventra have been worked out now though. But Divvy is absolutely stealing ridership. I can't believe how popular it is.

BVictor1 Sep 24, 2014 5:39 AM

http://www.transitchicago.com/news/d...ArticleId=3345

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Mayor Emanuel Breaks Ground on New 95th Street Bus, Red Line Terminal
9/22/2014


New South Side transit hub to create more than 700 jobs, promote economic development; New terminal will significantly increase safety and comfort for passengers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today broke ground on a new 95th Street Terminal for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), one of the largest station projects in CTA history. The $240 million reconstruction project will replace the current facility, built in 1969, creating a signature transit hub that will serve CTA’s busiest rail line and 1,000 buses each weekday, and become an anchor for economic opportunity on Chicago’s South Side.

"Just one year after we rebuilt the entire Red Line south, we are continuing to upgrade transit for residents and neighborhoods on the South Side,” said Mayor Emanuel. “From new technology to new terminals, we are building the 21st century transit system to serve every neighborhood in our 21st century city.”

chiguy123 Sep 24, 2014 2:57 PM

New 95th
 
Can we all just agree the new 95th terminal is probably the consolation prize since the extension probably will never happen?;)

SamInTheLoop Sep 24, 2014 4:09 PM

^ Not so sure about that - I actually think that it's probably much more likely to come to fruition than I did a year or two ago (when I was certainly no more than 50/50 on the odds and maybe as little as 1/3 chance in the next 10 years).......

Mr Downtown Sep 25, 2014 12:50 PM

A mayoral election is coming up. I put the chances of vague promises about it at 100%.

ardecila Sep 25, 2014 1:29 PM

Rahm can point to the 95th St terminal under construction when he campaigns on the South Side. Even assuming a full court press by the mayor and congressional delegation, the Red Line Extension is several years from starting. New Starts projects just don't move that quickly unless you decide to pass on Federal funding.

UPChicago Sep 25, 2014 1:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 6742826)
Rahm can point to the 95th St terminal under construction when he campaigns on the South Side. Even assuming a full court press by the mayor and congressional delegation, the Red Line Extension is several years from starting. New Starts projects just don't move that quickly unless you decide to pass on Federal funding.

:yuck: I am so sick of seeing that man on TV taking credit for stuff......

wierdaaron Sep 29, 2014 8:10 PM

Tribune article has updated details about some of the transit improvements coming, including the Union Station bus station and lane alterations.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-dow...htmlstory.html

http://photodesk.chicagotribune.com....RT-map-gfc.jpg

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Improvements to adjacent traffic flow on Canal Street
(Rendering shows Canal at Jackson looking north)
http://photodesk.chicagotribune.com....low-render.jpg

^- The bus/taxi/car situation on Canal at Union Station is such a disaster, I didn't know there was any plan in place to improve it. The divided lane and designated space for coach busses should help the situation a lot. Hopefully it extends to the block south of Jackson where many Megabuses stop.

ardecila Sep 29, 2014 10:17 PM

The article mentioned that the Megabuses will be moved south to Congress outside the Clinton Blue Line station.

This should make for an easier transfer to CTA and a sheltered place for people to wait under the expressway. It would be great to kill one of those parking lots and put in a secure waiting area with benches like DC has at Union Station.

Unfortunately the new rendering in the Trib makes it seem like the signature (and competition-winning) design has now been totally killed in favor of something cartoonish and ugly.

ardecila Sep 29, 2014 11:51 PM

Cermak/McCormick Place Station
9/28/14

http://i58.tinypic.com/15fhjrq.jpg

http://i59.tinypic.com/2qicwft.jpg

http://i60.tinypic.com/2hncsi9.jpg

Vlajos Sep 30, 2014 3:20 AM

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Originally Posted by UPChicago (Post 6742870)
:yuck: I am so sick of seeing that man on TV taking credit for stuff......

I prefer Rahm doing it rather than Karen Lewis, union pig or Fioretti, moron.

ChickeNES Sep 30, 2014 4:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Vlajos (Post 6748694)
I prefer Rahm doing it rather than Karen Lewis, union pig or Fioretti, moron.

Let's face it, if one of them were in charge there wouldn't be much for them to take credit of. I'm most afraid of Lewis somehow winning and tanking the Lucas museum.

Back on topic, is there an estimated completion date for Cermak and for the start of demolition of Madison/Wabash?

Mr Downtown Sep 30, 2014 5:24 AM

Cermak needs to be finished this calendar year, I think, because the TIF district is expiring.

UPChicago Sep 30, 2014 6:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Vlajos (Post 6748694)
I prefer Rahm doing it rather than Karen Lewis, union pig or Fioretti, moron.

:shrug: well I guess he is the best of 3 evils.

LouisVanDerWright Sep 30, 2014 6:54 PM

How do we all feel about the announcement of another 700 bike Divvy expansion that will push into Oak Park and Evanston?

wierdaaron Sep 30, 2014 7:37 PM

Divvy's pretty great. I know a lot of people who use it, and others who got crazy into biking after trying it out. The only concern with expanding is whether they can scale their recirculating operations (the trucks that move bikes between stations so everything is appropriately stocked) to cover a greater footprint without delays. You'd think that rebalancing and route-finding stuff would be computerized, but an article I read a while ago made it sound like it was a lot of pencil and paper work.

BVictor1 Sep 30, 2014 8:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Vlajos (Post 6748694)
I prefer Rahm doing it rather than Karen Lewis, union pig or Fioretti, moron.

Union pig? Pretty harsh commentary.

Chi-Sky21 Sep 30, 2014 8:11 PM

Pigs everywhere are offended by this.

joeg1985 Oct 2, 2014 6:43 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 6749536)
How do we all feel about the announcement of another 700 bike Divvy expansion that will push into Oak Park and Evanston?

Where is the article? Is this in addition to the expansion that was delayed till next year?

I'm all for expanding Divvy. When my bike was stolen in June I joined as a member and I've been using it a lot. At times, it is more convent then if I were using a bike that I owned.

CTA Gray Line Oct 6, 2014 3:05 PM

Museum Campus Transportation Plan Open House
 
http://www.metroplanning.org/events/event/309


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