Traffic Solutions

A quick google search for Chicago Traffic gives 21 Million hits. We’ve even mentioned it here a few times. Ask anyone who even visits here about traffic, and you’ll spend at least a half hour discussing how horrid it can get in, and around, Chicago. And to add fuel the fire, I’d venture to guess that most of us contribute more to the problem than to the solution.

My favorite (and personal) rationalization is this: I need my car for work, but I take the L and the bus when I can. Despite this, I figure that there has to be some sort of solution for the traffic situation in Chicago? Anyone have any ideas?

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I have a few, but first and foremost, I think getting more reliable bus service on the south and west side of the city would help dramatically. Everyone one of my city clients (about 60 or so over the past 5 years) has told me how horrible the service is in their neighborhoods. Since getting a bus to run on time is a basic city service, I think Chicago should be able to handle it.

The second thing would have to be an expansion of all the lines, and funding the Circle line.

3 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    The hub system the CTA trains follows is waaay outdated. Also if there was a train from the far West Side/Oak Park area to Lake Forest I would never step foot in my car again to commute to work.

    Though I think it’s partly due to the argument put forward in “Singles” oh so many years ago:
    People love their cars.

  2. spudart (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    More CTA lines. Whatever and wherever you wanna put ’em. Just look at the areas that thrive when they have an el station nearby. For that matter just close down some street and plop in an el line. Yeah, one less street means less areas for cars, but stick one on something like ashland.

  3. spudart (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    actually for that matter, the street doesn’t have to close down, just look at the loop and how cars are able to drive under the tracks.

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