Opinions & Editorials | Politics | Transportation

The Metra’s Not-So-Electric Plan

The Metra can and should increase service across the South Side, and not just to Hyde Park

Ellen Hao / The Chicago Dispatch

Metra’s plan to enhance Electric District service to Hyde Park has provoked chatter on the South Side and beyond since its announcement in May. Is the return of frequent, quality service on the Electric close at hand? Unfortunately, it seems that the current plan misses many opportunities and takes as many steps backward as it does forward.

Nature Issue 2017 | Transportation

When Will Divvy Be For Everyone?

The city’s bikeshare program faces stagnant growth south of Roosevelt

Tony Webster

Over the past year, the city’s Divvy bike share program—one of the largest in North America—has added over a hundred stations across the city, dozens of them on the South Side. A year ago, the last time the Weekly reported on Divvy’s service of the South Side, we found that South Siders accounted for just a twentieth of total riders. At that time, Divvy had recently announced its expansion, so there was some cause for optimism—perhaps the city would successfully replicate the dense network of popular stations in the North Side and portions of the West Side and the statistics would improve.


Moving Forward

CTA secures $75 million in funding for Red Line Extension studies

Katie Bart

As the year comes to an end, the Chicago Transit Authority is preparing for a changing of the guard at the federal level, and city officials are doing everything they can to secure funds for high-cost ventures before President Barack Obama leaves office. The Far South Side expansion of the Red Line, however, will have to wait another year, well into a Donald Trump presidency, to secure federal funding.

Roseland | Transportation

Tracking the Red Line Extension

At public hearing in Roseland, residents discuss the project’s impact

Katie Bart

On November 1, the St. John Missionary Baptist Church on 115th Street in Roseland became the forum for discussions that could shape the future of the area for years to come—with changes potentially rippling across the entire South Side. Community members, CTA officials, and organizers came together for the only public hearing on the environmental impact statement for the Red Line extension project, the details of which were announced in late September. “The draft environmental impact statement looks closely at the potential benefits and impacts of both the east and west options,” says Jeffery Tolman, a spokesperson for the CTA, referring to two possible routes for the extended Red Line.“The public meeting was to seek out the community’s feedback.” The final route and impact statement will be unveiled in 2017, Tolman says.

Politics | Transportation

Extending the Red Line, At Last

A long-awaited project aims to improve transit and development on the Far South Side

Kate Bart

For years, talk of extending the Red Line to Chicago’s southern-most limits was an urban legend. Longtime African-American residents of the South Side discussed it, but nothing has happened since the public train line, which runs along the city’s north-south racial divide, began operating in 1969.


Divvy for Everyone?

Recent data shows that South Siders are still underserved by Divvy's network

Data Visualization by Jean Cochrane © Mapbox, Data ODbL © OpenStreetMap contributors

Hyde Park presents one of the most encouraging examples for Divvy expansion on the South Side

Features | Politics | Transportation

Underserved and Under the Spotlight

Uber brings the South Side into the battle between taxis and ridesharing services in Chicago

Ellie Mejia and Sylvia Wei

“There’s no question that a lot of people are getting service that weren’t getting it before,” Mayer said of Uber’s ridesharing services, but at the same time, “most folks driving Uberx are not bopping over to Englewood or Pullman or Roseland to get a cup of coffee.”

Politics | Transportation

Back on Track

The Dan Ryan Red Line makes a quiet return



A Chicago newcomer—one unfamiliar with the Dan Ryan Red Line’s history of slowness or with its recent reconstructions—might have taken a ride from the 95th/Dan Ryan station to Chinatown on October 20 and concluded that nothing was out of the ordinary. An experienced rider, however, would have noted that the trip took them only twenty minutes, which, according to the CTA, is a phenomenal twenty-five minutes faster than it was prior to the reconstruction.  Continue reading