CTA Launches Jeffery Jump
The CTA’s J14 Jeffery Jump, a new bus service that uses elements of Bus Rapid Transit, debuted November 12 between downtown and 103rd Street along Jeffery Boulevard. Jump is reliable, easy and fast, saving riders up to seven minutes on their commutes each way.
A service launch event, held at 71st and Jeffery, garnered plenty of media attention. Some of the stories are linked below:
First Phase of Bus Rapid Transit Launches in Chicago
Illinois Medical District Supports BRT
The Illinois Medical District, with more than 20,000 employees, has written a letter of support for Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago. The district, which includes Cook County Hospital, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center and UIC Medical Center attracts 75,000 daily visitors to the area along Ashland and Western Avenues south of the Eisenhower Expressway. In the letter, which was published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Executive Director Warren Ribley writes that IMD supports BRT because the service promises fast, reliable and efficient transit. "Many employees, patients and visitors rely on public transportation to get to and from work, to receive medical care, or to visit family or friends receiving care, which means a robust and reliable transportation network is crucial for what is the nation’s largest medical district," wrote Ribley.
Open Houses Along Western-Ashland Corridor Enable Residents to Provide Input on Future BRT Service
The Chicago Transit Authority, in collaboration with CDOT and DHED, held public open house meetings on October 16, 17 and 18, 2012 to inform and get feedback from residents, business owners, and everyone else who uses these important corridors. CTA has performed comprehensive analysis on different BRT options on Western and Ashland Avenues. These meetings were a continuation of the public outreach efforts that began in June 2012 to keep the community informed and involved in the project. CTA is planning on announcing a preferred alternative around the end of the year.
The display boards and other materials from the public meetings are posted online here.
What is BRT Chicago?
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to develop BRT in Chicago. The Chicago Climate Action Plan also identifies BRT as a cost-effective way to expand the city’s transit network. To meet increased demand, the CTA is using some elements of BRT on its new Jeffery Jump service, and will along Madison and Washington Streets in the central business district to connect Union Station with Navy Pier. The CTA has received a $1.6 million Livability Alternatives Analysis grant from the Federal Transit Administration and, in partnership with the Chicago Dept. of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Economic Development, has begun exploring the potential for BRT along Western and Ashland avenues.
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What is BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit is a public transportation system that provides faster, more efficient service than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling. The goal is to approach the service quality of rail transit while still enjoying the cost savings and flexibility of bus transit.