New York's loss is Chicago's gain -- Chicago will get $153 million in federal funds for congestion-relief efforts. Those funds had been earmarked for New York until it missed a deadline to apply.
The congestion-relief efforts are two-pronged: a network of express bus routes, and a peak-period pricing system for both garage and metered parking, and for building loading zones that clog streets.
The streets for express bus routes have not been identified yet. But the Tribune reports that Lake Shore Drive could be one. (We should only hope.)
The Trib also reports:
In addition, buses will make fewer stops—four to five blocks apart. Kiosks will be installed at the bus stops to enable passengers to pre-pay their fares and board quickly once the bus arrives.
Technology will be added to some traffic signals to extend green lights for buses running behind schedule, much like the signal-priority equipment that gives the green to ambulances and fire trucks, officials said. Pace has experimented with the technology on Harlem Avenue in the suburbs.
CTA Tattler and readers have often suggested cutting out the number of stops, so that could be a winning idea. And the idea of pre-paying fares is very intriguing.