CHICAGO PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

THE CORNERSTONE OF THE CTA IS THE RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM. CHICAGO PIONEERED THE USE OF EXPRESSWAY MEDIAN STRIPS FOR THE GRADE-SEPARATED RAIL TRANSIT. UNIQUELY DESIGNED INTERCHANGE TERMINALS PLACED WHOLLY WITHIN THE AIR RIGHTS OF THESE TRANSIT LINES PROVIDE EFFICIENT INTERMODAL TRANSFER FACILITIES. A VARIETY OF INTERMODAL EXCHANGE ESCALATORS, PARK-N-RIDE FACILITIES, AND SPECIAL SHUTTLE SERVICES OFFER PATRON CONVENIENCES. THE SPEED, CONVENICENCE, AND DEPENDABILITY OF THE RAPID TRANSIT CANNOT BE MATCHED BY BUS SERVICE UNLESS PREFERENTIAL TRAFFIC TREATMENT IS GIVEN THE BUS SYSTEM. ONE IMPEDIMENT TO INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IS THE POLICY OF LIMITING DEMONSTRATION GRANTS TO A ONE-TERM PROJECT. IF THE SERVICE OFFERED IS NOT SELF-SUPPORTING IN THAT TIME, SERVICE MUST BE DISCONTINUED. THE SUBJECT OF PROBLEMS IN GRANT IMPLEMENTATION IS OF GROWING CONCERN. THE DATA ACCUMULATION NECESSARY TO DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR CITY SOMETIMES TAKES AS MUCH EFFORT AS THE PROPOSED STUDY. OTHER PROBLEMS REMAIN CRITICAL. THE NECESSITY OF GAINING APPROVAL OF NUMEROUS INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARDS WHICH SOMETIMES HAVE DIFFERENT AND CONFLICTING JUDGMENT CRITERIA IS ONE IMPEDIMENT THAT DESERVES SERIOUS LEGISLATIVE REVIEW AND MODIFICATION. ANOTHER IS THE REQUIREMENT TO ESTABLISH "ARTIFICIAL" TRANSIT DISTRICTS WHEN REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY SUPPORT WOULD SUFFICE. SOME COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN DISCOURAGED FROM PURSUING THEIR OBJECTIVES. IT IS UP TO THE URBAN SCIENTISTS, TRANSPORTATION PLANNERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND OPERATORS TO DEVELOP THE INSIGHT AND PERSUASIVE POWERS TO SEE THAT RECOMMENDED CHANGE IS INSTITUTED. THE SETTING OF WELL DEFINED, REALISTIC TARGETS, BACKED BY TENACIOUS AND CONCERTED EFFORTS WILL BE A GIANT STEP TOWARD SOLVING THE PRESSING URBAN TRANSPORTATION DILEMMA.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transp & Prospects for Improved Effic

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  • Authors:
    • Pikarsky, M
  • Publication Date: 1972-10-13

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  • Accession Number: 00242278
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 3 1973 12:00AM