By Kevin Eagan, Alexa Pateras, and Bradford Goff
(May 2012)

A crucial factor in one’s day-to-day life involves one’s particular mode of transportation. City dwellers may rely on public transportation options such as the CTA in Chicago for their commutes as they offers convenience. While this option for travel is ideal, there are still issues that need to be addressed to improve service—specifically, repairs and expansions on the rail lines and bus systems.

In the suburbs, the public transportation system, PACE bus service, needs to be tweaked as well. PACE is an excellent option for suburban commuters as it helps reduce the amount of travelers on the road—in turn decreasing the amount of air pollution—and covers an enormous territory. One immediate improvement could be the frequency with which certain bus lines operate, thereby allowing more people could take advantage of this option. Lastly, alternative modes of transportation such as cycling need to be expanded and encouraged. A few benefits cycling offers are, again, reduced vehicle traffic and pollution as well as the physical exercise riders experience. However, one major drawback is that cyclists’ safety is often comprised.

Our group researched these issues and discovered both alarming and encouraging news. While the current infrastructure needs overhauling, there is moderate progress being made. Hopefully the Chicagoland area will have a 21st-century transportation infrastructure within the next decade.

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