CHICAGO — On Thursday, Chicago Transit Authority leaders are expected to sign an agreement to freeze bus and train fares for two years in return for limited state assistance. For the full story, click here.
The report argues that the city should be pushing for the “gold standard” of BRT. That would include a control station that monitors buses and ensures they come at well-spaced intervals and enclosed stops that shelter customers.
The existing design, more than 20 years old, will be phased out to make way for the new look that prominently features a light blue and orange wave across the bus and the words “OC Bus.”
According to the plan, each bus will serve a specific purpose, with some including restrooms and showers and others being equipped with beds.
Residents raised issues with the noise and questioned whether there is any proof of their effectiveness in increasing safety. Some also said they’re avoiding riding the bus because of the noise.
In reviewing the vehicles, the 2003 NABI buses average 329,000 miles; however, they all have received mid-life engine overhauls, which average less than 85,000 miles.
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