Chicago working hard to get people to take the bus again

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

How can residents of Chicago be attracted to take public bus services? Image source: Shutterstock (#712822741) by Atosan.

Bus ridership in Chicago has steadily declined since 2012, and the city now wants to get people back on the bus. Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance has conducted a study about why citizens choose to not take the bus, and they found that unpredictable arrival times, slow speed and not knowing how long a trip would take are the main reasons.

The nonprofit transportation advocacy group has now released a report suggesting a number of changes to incentivize people to get back on the buses. These include dedicated bus lanes, signal prioritization and faster boarding times via all-door boarding or pre-boarding fare payment at bus stops.


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