THE SKOKIE SWIFT. A STUDY IN URBAN RAPID TRANSIT

THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY'S RAIL RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE WAS EXTENDED ALONG THE FACILITIES OF THE NORTH SHORE LINE, AN ELECTRIFIED COMMUTER RAILROAD WHICH ABANDONED SERVICE IN 1963. WITH THE INCEPETION OF SKOKIE SWIFT SERVICE, OVERALL TRANSIT RIDERSHIP IN THE SKOKIE AREA INCREASED MARKEDLY DURING THE COURSE OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AND THIS INCREASE WAS ABSORBED ALMOST WHOLLY BY THE SKOKIE SWIFT. THE BUS LINES IN THE AREA SHOWED RIDERSHIP FIGURES WHICH REMAINED RELATIVELY CONSTANT OR DECLINED WHEN SWIFT SERVICE BEGAN. ANALYSIS OF SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THIS STUDY INDICATED THAT DIVERSION OF LOOP-BOUND TRIPS, WHERE THE SKOKIE SWIFT HAS ITS STRONGEST COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE, IS MADE MAINLY FROM OTHER RAPID TRANSIT MODES, ALONG WITH SUBURBAN RAILROADS AND BUSES, WITH ONLY A SMALL NUMBER BEING DIVERTED FROM AUTOMOBILE TRIPS. FURTHERMORE THIS DIVERSION OF AUTOMOBILE TRIPS HAS NOT NOTICEABLY OR MEASUREABLY REDUCED TRAFFIC ON THE EXPRESSWAYS LINKING THE SKOKIE AREA WITH THE CITY OF CHICAGO, ACCORDING TO TRAFFIC COUNT DATA COLLECTED AND ANALYZED BY CATS. /AUTHOR/

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    Chicago Area Transportation Study

    300 West Adams Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Publication Date: 1968-7

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  • Accession Number: 00227857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 110 pp
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2004 2:04AM