Chicago Totally Copying Cleveland with Planned Bus Rapid Transit


Chicago's Ashland Avenue will soon resemble Cleveland's Euclid Corridor as it implements a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that looks a lot like the Health Line.

In Chicago, the new line will span 16 miles of Ashland Ave. and will be built in phases. Cleveland's Health Line covers 9.2 miles of Euclid from Public Square to East Cleveland.

Much like in Cleveland, the proposed BRT system would include a dedicated center bus lane, sleek new stations, and efficient fare-paying options to enhance travel time.

Unlike in Cleveland, the Chicago BRT will be a component in a much larger, much more sensible urban transit infrastructure where getting around without a car is not only possible, but preferred.

Still, it's fun that we were way ahead of them on the BRT bandwagon.