This report documents the findings of an 18-month study of the Chicago South Suburban Areas's public transportation needs. It presents a five-year program designed to meet those needs. Over 500,000 persons reside in the area's 200 square miles. Two carriers provide commuter railroad service to downtown Chicago and a third provides subregional and regional bus service. Over 60,000 trips are made by transit each weekday, to, from, and within Chicago's southern suburbs. The recommended bus plan reinforces and expands upon the existing network of services. Regional express service to downtown Chicago is maintained and route coverage is expanded. Subregional service is improved significantly through increases in frequency and the addition of new routes. Community services are also strengthened. Rail system recommendations focus on the maintenance and improvement of suburban stations and their access systems. Many suburban stations are 50 years old, obsolete, deteriorated, and have insufficient capacity or inadequate accessibility. To correct these deficienies, a long-term program of station reconstruction is recommended. For those stations not included in the initial construction phase, immediate action improvements are identified. In addition to the improvements in bus and rail services, this study presents a plan for coordinated, subsidized taxi service for the elderly and handicapped and several proposals for improving transit operations through traffic engineering actions. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Barton-Aschman Associates, Incorporated

    820 Davis Street
    Evanston, IL  United States  60204

    Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District

    148 East 154th
    Harvey, IL  United States  60426
  • Authors:
    • Scales, R C
    • Brown, R L
    • Weaver, T A
    • Lundberg, B D
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 291 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 4387-07 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: IT-09-0052
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1982 12:00AM