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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 hpkcc@aol.com
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:
http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/service_changes/201012_timetables.aspx#1.

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 chicagotribune.com/ctatraining, www.metrarail.com, www.pacebus/com.

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

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: http://www.metrarail.com/googletransit.
RTA trip planner: http://www.rtachicago.com.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), www.chicagoareaplanning.org, was Regional Planning Board (successor to CATS and NIPC)- see in table below as CATS. The old addresses in http://www.catsmpo.com will still work as well as http://www.rpbchicago.org. 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- www.MovingBeyondCongestion.com.
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: http://alwaysintransit.typepad.com/hyde_park_urbanist/2008/08/gray-line-lite.html.

A new bus express service to 8 midwest cities . It's internet based, so go to Megabus.com. 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, http://alwaysintransit.typepad.com/hyde_park_urbanist/2008/11/gray-gold.html.

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, www.bettertransit.com 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. rbpchicago.org. 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 (www.sp2030.com, / for alterative's:/#awg20021119, for Regional Transportation Plan mtgs, info.
Regional Transportation Asset Management:
http://www.rtms.org (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.
transitfuture-subscribe@cnt.org
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 (transitchicago.com)
567 W. Lake St. Customer Service 1888-968-7282. TTD 1888-CA-TTY1 (+282-8891)

New routes incl. UC/CTA and maps: http://www.yourcta.com/maps/bus/bus.html

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 riders.org ) 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.
E-mail: transitadvocates@netscape.net
http://napta.policy.net/

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
847-364-PACE

 
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 www.istea.org [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 www.chicagotribune.com/go/gettingaround. E-mail Hilkevitch at jhilkevitch@tribune.com

 

Rail-volution

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, bikechicago2003.org  
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation- now Active Transportation Alliance Key organization. Rob Sadowsky Ex. Dir.
Chicago Bikeriders.com Clubs, chat rooms, ride/race schedules, resources
League of Illinois Bicyclists
Chicagoland Bicycle Map Maps--order/download
BikeIllinois
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.

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

MEDIA

ABC Channel 7
Kevin Roy
312.290.3701
kevin.r.roy@abc.com

News Radio 780 - WBBM
Bob Roberts
WBBM comment page
http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/2062.php?

Chicago Public Radio - WBEZ
Catrin Einhorn
312.948.4748

Eight Forty-Eight
848@ChicagoPublicRadio.org

WVON 1450AM
Cliff Kelly
773-247-6200 (Main)
wvonwebmaster@wvon.com
Studio: 773-591-5990

Chicago Sun Times
Monifa Thomas
mjthomas@suntimes.com

Chicago Tribune
Letters to editor
ctc-tribletter@tribune.com

Virginia Groark
vgroark@tribune.com

John Hilkevitch
jhilkevitch@tribune.com

Eric Zorn
ezorn@tribune.com

Liam Ford
lford@tribune.com

Chicago Reader
Ben Joravsky
letters@chicagoreader.com

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

Hoy
Jamie J. Reyes
jreyes@tribune.com

Chicago Defender
Editorial Newsroom
editorial@chicagodefender.com


NEWS LINKS

No repair money means slow `L' trains
http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/site/premium/interceptlogin.register

The slow and the furious
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-slowzone14.html

CTA: Slow funding means slow zones
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/newsroom/chi-060913cta,1,2858423.story?coll=chi-news-hed

CTA 'Slow Zones' Make Molasses Seem Speedy
Riders Complain As Track Repairs Crawl
http://www.nbc5.com/news/9847351/detail.html

CTA Riders Frustrated By Slow Zones On 'L' Lines
CTA Says Old Tracks, New Construction To Blame For Delays
http://cbs2chicago.com/seenon/local_story_257082015.html

Pace, Metra and CTA searching for more tax dollars to stay afloat
http://www.dailyherald.com/story.asp?id=227560

RTA threatens service cuts, fare hikes after '07
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-transit15.html

RTA: More money needed for transit system
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4561926

Transit Officials Hoping For More Funding In 2007
http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/83311.php?contentType=4&contentId=205591

RTA hopes for more funding from state legislature $163 million extra needed, officials say
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/west/chi-0609150329sep15,1,3213452.story?coll=chi-newslocalwest-hed

RTA to Springfield: Send money
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/newsroom/chi-060914rta,1,6069703.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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Index to active transportation/Transit Website pages now up in hydepark.org

(a few* are in other sections of hydepark.org)

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