Mayor Lightfoot Considering More Transportation Options Downtown For When City Reopens

Craig Dellimore
May 13, 2020 - 10:36 am

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said when Chicago is able to open up more for business, she intends for people coming downtown to have more transportation options.

    The Mayor was asked about public transportation during the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and what alternatives there might be for people who don’t want to use CTA buses and trains. She did not react to a suggestion about some streets reserved for bikes and pedestrians, but she did have other ideas.

    "We are looking at a variety of options. As you know, this is a city that has a lot of mobility options, from clearly walking, public transportation. We are not going to encourage people get in their cars and drive that has other repercussions, not only congestion, but pollution, but we are also looking at really mapping out other bike routes," Lightfoot said.

    The Mayor also mentioned that the electric scooter program will expand this summer, so that’s another option.

    "The scooter program will be up in an expanded pilot over the course of the summer," Lightfoot said. "So we are meeting with our Chicago Department of Transportation planning, as well as the CTA to give people a variety of options so that they can get around the city safely."

    And, she’s been saying, Chicago Transit Authority officials are continuing their work to make public transit even more of a safe alternative, too.