The Chicago region's current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.
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Two leading, Chicago-based transit advocates announced a plan to secure Cook County’s largest investment in new public transit infrastructure since 1947.
Four of the region’s five top job centers — along the I-90 corridor (172,000 jobs) and in Lombard (32,000 jobs), Naperville (35,000 jobs) and Oak Brook (33,000 jobs) — are currently not well served by rapid transit. This means that for residents of neighborhoods with high concentrations of unemployment and poverty, most job centers are effectively unreachable, except for those with access to a vehicle. Yet cars are expensive.
Improving rapid transit connections to Cook County employment centers will reduce transportation costs for low- and moderate-income households, increase employment options for more people, and enhance regional sustainability.
Surveys show support for using public money to “create, expand and improve public transportation.” Nearly 90% agreed that public transportation improves access to jobs and close to 80% agreed that it “can help pave the way to a stronger economy.”