Groups Push Transportation Planners To Create Bus-Only Lane On Lake Shore Drive

Michele Fiore
April 03, 2018 - 7:47 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As local and state transportation officials consider how best to reconstruct the north end of Lake Shore Drive, there's a push to include a bus-only lane. 

The Active Transportation Alliance sent a letter to transportation planners, with support of the Chambers of Commerce for both Lakeview and Lincoln Park, as well as the Environmental Law & Policy Center. They are urging planners to give buses their own lane.

"So if the service was faster and more reliable with dedicated lanes, we think we'd get even more people switching to transit which is a better outcome for the city and the region," said Kyle Whitehead, government relations director with the Active Transportation Alliance.

"We feel this is a once in a generation opportunity to really redesign the drive and encourage people to redesign transit," Whitehead 

The Environmental Law & Policy Center supports it.

"The more people who take public transit, the less pollution - that's good for the environment." 

There will be more public meetings and more task force meetings before anything is decided.  

Opponents said a bus-only lane would add congestion to an already busy Lake Shore Drive.