A Hand-Built Model of the CTA and Less Amazing Real-World Transit News

A hand-built electric-train model of the CTA—with homemade model two-flats, laser-cut El railings, and vintage El cars—takes shape; the Peotone airport continues to plod along, even without Jesse Jr.; and will Chicago drivers be ok with BRT?

* This is awesome.

Yes, that is what you think it is, unless you think it’s an alternate Chicago set for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Via Gapers Block.

Crain’s has a report on the Peotone airport, still in planning after all these years, and seemingly making progress even in the absence of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

* At Grid Chicago, John Greenfield asks: will Chicagoans support turning over some of their arterial street lanes to bus rapid transit?

According to CTA studies, this configuration would boost the average bus speed on Western from 10.1 MPH to 18.4, with a fifty-percent increase in reliability and a thirty-percent spike in ridership. Despite the loss of car lanes, the agency predicts average automobile speed would only drop from 17.9 to 16.3 MPH.

But that argument has to go up against visuals of disappearing car lanes, which could cause a row.




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