Residents Express Concern Over Ashland BRT
About 40 residents who will be directly impacted by the proposed Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project attended a meeting in the East Village neighborhood Monday according to DNA Info Chicago.
Many of the attendees expressed concern over recently announced news on the project that no left turns will be allowed except at streets which connect directly to the expressway.
The Ashland BRT plan is to take out a full lane for vehicular traffic in each direction so that express buses would be able to travel the approximately five miles between 31st Place and Cortland Avenue. The center lane would be used for loading and unloading passengers at half mile intervals. The current Ashland bus would still operate, but less frequently.
Planners on the project are also suggesting a prohibition of truck traffic on Ashland Ave. as well.
However, despite these changes and cutting Ashland’s capacity for non-bus traffic to just 50% of what it is now, CTA planner Joe Iacobucci said vehicle speeds will only be reduced by one to four percent.
Many attendees, according to the story, were skeptical of these projections.
Iacobucci said 31,000 people ride the Ashland bus each weekday but could not immediately say how many cars use the route daily.
Greg Nagel, a real estate broker, told Iacobucci, “You have all the stats on benefits but none on the costs.” Nagel complained the express bus plan “benefits bus riders at the cost of drivers.”
Read the full story at DNA Info, “Ashland Express Bus: Left Turn Reductions, Truck Traffic Raise Concerns.”