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If you have sites to add to this list, please forward the full name of the organization, its URL and, if you like, a line about the site to
Visit the bicycling links, Walkable, and Disabilities Task Force for more sites; Regional and Beyond for Regional Planning Board material and comments sites. Chairman's interactive blog service.

Here is the link for winter cta routes and schedules now in effect:

Link to emergency and diversion-from-route information at the website. Coming early next year sign up for CTA email alert. Learn about emergency evacuation procedures at,, www.pacebus/com.

Bus Tracker can save you time. (Not yet tracking all routes, but now most in HP incl. 171 and 172.)

The Transit Task Force of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference calls your attention to the following organizations we have worked with or learned from and that actively seek to link local organizations into coalitions:

  • Campaign for Better Transit/Neighborhood Capital Budget Group
  • Chicago Transportation and Air Quality Commission/Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • NAPTA (National Assn. Public Transportation Advocates

City of Chicago Home Page (navigate to departments, esp. Transportation including Lake Shore Drive and sub pages) Top

Outside resources and links- transportation and bike

Metra trip planner:
RTA trip planner:

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP),, was Regional Planning Board (successor to CATS and NIPC)- see in table below as CATS. The old addresses in will still work as well as 233 S. Wacker, suite 800, 7-706 312 454-0400. Now Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Persons with disabilities- for PACE universal provider call 312 663-4357.

Visit the RTA with the service boards and lot of community partners' new initiative to garner legislative support as well as think better about needs and objectives; Moving Beyond Congestion-
Their new location and customer service department (incl. for Senior Smart Cards are at 165 N. Jefferson, 60661, 312 913-3110.

James Withrow's blogsite on transformation of Metra South Chicago Electric via lease to CTA into a rapid transit line:

A new bus express service to 8 midwest cities . It's internet based, so go to It's by Stagecoach and will be discount and cheaper than any other way to get to these cities. Served from Downtown Chicago in spoke-style are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis.

Find out about the "Gold Line" proposal at James Withrow's blog,

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Links to everything and everywhere. A good  way to start using this site is  to go to Web Sites, U.S. transit websites, Illinois, Chicago
Gary Chicago Milwaukee Transportation Corridor Upcoming  maintenance and construction activities, Travel Times to and from the Loop, Individual Expressway Data, and more.
Campaign for Better Transit Works for safe, accessible, efficient, affordable and pleasant transit service and the funding needed to achieve it. Check out the Transit Bill of Rights and rider survey. Ally: Metro Seniors in Action. Considered by some too abrasive and unimaginative.
CBT's website, includes the West Side Petition, Quality TransitWoodlawn Metra Survey, analysis of 2003 CTA budget, material on Brown Line renovation, recommendations for CTA policy reforms, Cu8stomer Satisfaction Surveys, good and horror stories, chat, volunteering.

CATS (Chicago Area Transportation Study): Is now merged with Northeast Illinois Planning Commission as Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning . was Regional Planning Board- http://www. 233 S. Wacker suit 800 60606, 312 454-0400. Now Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

New site for Shared Path plan and planning info (, / for alterative's:/#awg20021119, for Regional Transportation Plan mtgs, info.
Regional Transportation Asset Management: (registr. req'd.)

The official planning body for Northeast Illinois in conjunction with NIPC (Northern Illinois Planning Commission). Everything from new Plans, project approvals to bike trails and training to mobility and congestion issues. NIPC has lots of research links.
Center for Neighborhood Technology, Citizen Action/Illinois (same as Build Illinois) Also Affordability-transportation index.
Advocacy coal. & list serve- TransitFuture.
Major research and advocacy group with a very good site. (See note after "bike enthusiasts".)
Center for Transportation Efficiency Advocacy. Large, exciting website.
Central Electric Rail Association Fun and research; sells Moffet's books
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Big, important site with lots of sidebars
Chicago Transit Authority (
567 W. Lake St. Customer Service 1888-968-7282. TTD 1888-CA-TTY1 (+282-8891)

New routes incl. UC/CTA and maps:

Big, outstanding site includes routes, schedules
Chicago Transit Coalition (info pending) 12 neighborhood and citywide advocacy orgs. Has ear of key legislators
Chicago Transit Railfan A bit of everything... a site to enjoy.

City-wide meeting calendar (NCBG)

on Transit, Schools, TIFs, and Public Works.  This calendar is maintained by the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group
Chicagoland Transportation and Air Quality Commission  (Citizens Taking Action-see at bottom) 

A coalition, largely under Center for Neighborhood Technology, of 140+  groups from Metro Chicagoland to innovatively improve air quality, smart growth, and wise choices and create more travel options.

Citizens Taking Action (cta ) One of the newer advocacy groups, esp. for seniors and disabled.
Civic Federation of Chicago  
Community Legislative Info Service of IL. Transportation legislation
A History of the Chicago "L" Just for fun....
Illinois Central Historical Society See also Central Electric Rail Assn.
I-GO Car Sharing  
Metra Info
312 322-6777 Passenger/customer service.
Metra's site, routes, schedules for commuter trains, including Electric District

Metropolitan Planning Council,
Campaign for Sensible Growth,
Business Leaders for Transportation

MPO, Bus. Leaders for Transp'n, Chicago Metropolis 2020, and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce are working on next federal and state transit legisl, transit- oriented development, regional planning. Brochure plan for regional transp. agenda available.

NAPTA National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates.

Associated? Center for Transportation Excellence

National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse  

Northwestern University Library


For serious research.  On campus--transit resource center is in the basement
Neighborhood Capital Budget Group  A major monitoring and advocacy group, largely resp. for Campaign for Better Transit. Has a very good site.

PACE suburban and suburb-city buses service provider

Regional Transportation Authority
Their new location and customer service department (incl. for Senior Smart Cards are at 165 N. Jefferson, 60661, 312 913-3110.
Controls funding and planning/expansion of the three service boards for the six county area-CTA, Metra, Pace. Site includes routes, schedules, destination planning.


Straphangers Campaign


Pioneer successful transit riders advocacy group. A part of the New York Public Research Group that advocates for safe, comfortable, reliable, and affordable subways and busses.

Surface Transportation Policy Project also as ISTEA [Transact]  A large activist justice-oriented site with many links. Works with federal and state legislators
Traffic Station Real-time traffic maps for over 20 U.S. cities, + register your route -TrafficStation will alert you with an e-mail if there's a traffic problem

And don't forget John Hilkevitch's Getting Around in the Tribune. Columns at E-mail Hilkevitch at



Regional Planning Board (successor to CATS and NIPC)- see in table above as CATS.

bike enthusiasts

Chicago Dept. of Transportation Includes new maps and routes
CDOT bike plan,  
or, or,  
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation- now Active Transportation Alliance Key organization. Rob Sadowsky Ex. Dir.
Chicago Clubs, chat rooms, ride/race schedules, resources
League of Illinois Bicyclists
Chicagoland Bicycle Map Maps--order/download
Selected Bicycling Links in Chicago An amazing set of links...  worth the visit
Bicycle Transportation Notes: Additional Resources Planning, laws, and more
Ride and Race Schedules, Shops
Model Laws
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Research organization
Cycling Advocacy Sites
Chicago Area Transportation Study- Soles and Spokes Research, resources, funding, planning, advocacy. Works with Chic. Bicycle Fed.


Some links in media covering transportation/transit beats; links to transit news stories


ABC Channel 7
Kevin Roy

News Radio 780 - WBBM
Bob Roberts
WBBM comment page

Chicago Public Radio - WBEZ
Catrin Einhorn

Eight Forty-Eight

Cliff Kelly
773-247-6200 (Main)
Studio: 773-591-5990

Chicago Sun Times
Monifa Thomas

Chicago Tribune
Letters to editor

Virginia Groark

John Hilkevitch

Eric Zorn

Liam Ford

Chicago Reader
Ben Joravsky

La Raza
(773) 273-2900
Tania Unzueta
(773) 273-2900

Jamie J. Reyes

Chicago Defender
Editorial Newsroom


No repair money means slow `L' trains

The slow and the furious

CTA: Slow funding means slow zones,1,2858423.story?coll=chi-news-hed

CTA 'Slow Zones' Make Molasses Seem Speedy
Riders Complain As Track Repairs Crawl

CTA Riders Frustrated By Slow Zones On 'L' Lines
CTA Says Old Tracks, New Construction To Blame For Delays

Pace, Metra and CTA searching for more tax dollars to stay afloat

RTA threatens service cuts, fare hikes after '07

RTA: More money needed for transit system

Transit Officials Hoping For More Funding In 2007

RTA hopes for more funding from state legislature $163 million extra needed, officials say,1,3213452.story?coll=chi-newslocalwest-hed

RTA to Springfield: Send money,1,6069703.story?coll=chi-news-hed


Index to active transportation/Transit Website pages now up in

(a few* are in other sections of

Visit also Tracking Community Trends


A service of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Transit Task Force/ Transportation and Parking Committee and the HPKCC website, (email) Help support our work: Join the Conference! Join and work with the Task Force- contact chairman James Withrow.