CTA launches Bus Vision Project, releases Bus Vision Framing Report

CTA launches Bus Vision Project, releases Bus Vision Framing Report Image credit: CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has launched the Bus Vision Project, which aims to examine, evaluate, and reimagine the CTA bus network. The Bus Vision Project will shape how CTA reimagines its bus network and what improvements it should implement in the future. Recommendations derived from community engagement are anticipated to be defined in 2025 to guide the redesign of CTA’s future bus network. 

The Framing Report provides an extensive analysis of the existing system and key considerations for the future. It focuses on understanding how well the CTA bus network serves the people of Chicago and surrounding communities. It discusses what makes a bus network in general useful, outlines the structure of network including where, when and how often buses run, explains what mobility and equity outcomes the bus network produces, how those outcomes could be improved and some of the challenges CTA faces in doing so.

Bus trips account for more than half the trips taken on CTA’s vast system, and buses retained a higher percentage of ridership than rail during the pandemic. While ridership continues to be strong, mobility patterns throughout the region have changed, and before the pandemic, from 2012 to 2019, CTA saw a sustained bus ridership decline linked to reduced service levels caused by the 2008-2009 recession, shifts in population and jobs, and the emergence of ride-hail services, among other factors.

Source: CTA