BRT Chicago

June 2013


BRT Design Competition Winners to be Announced Thursday, June 6; Join Us!

Thursday, June 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
NEXT STOP Winners: Design of Chicago BRT Stations

And the winners are . . . ! Please join The Chicago Architecture Foundation and The Chicago Architectural Club for the public announcement of the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition, which invites designers to submit visionary designs for Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Stations in Chicago. Be the first in Chicago to see the winning designs, hear from the jury, and meet winning design teams. Seating is limited, please register in advance.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago BRT Steering Committee, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and AIA Chicago. It is made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Time: 5:30-6:00 pm reception, 6:00-7:00 pm presentation followed by brief question and answers

Cost: FREE!

Location: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604

AIA/CES: 1

Register for the June 6 event celebrating the NEXT STOP winners. Click here for more information.


Central Loop Enters Phase II

CDOT is pleased to announce that the notice to proceed to start Phase II Engineering for the Central Loop has been issued to the firm AECOM. This phase of engineering consists of engineering services for the final design, which include: data collection, coordination with stakeholders, design development, and construction documents. The work should start in early June, and is scheduled to be completed this December.


What is BRT Chicago?

BRT Chicago is a unique collaboration of city agencies and non-profit partners. CTA, CDOT, and DHED, with the work of the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Active Transportation Alliance, the Civic Consulting Alliance, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, are working to plan and implement a successful Bus Rapid Transit program in Chicago. Each partner provides its own expertise to make the BRT a comprehensive project of transportation, land use, design, and sustainability.

BRT has been identified as an effective transportation solution in 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 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, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Economic Development, is planning the potential BRT routes along Ashland Avenue.

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