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Life in the Fast Bus Lane

Chicago has applied again to get a $150 million Federal Transit Administration grant to build a rapid-transit-style bus service. Under the plan, the Chicago Transit Authority would add bus lanes across the city for express buses, such as a bus that connects downtown to the city’s far South Side, 103 blocks away.

The Chicago Tribune’s John Hilkevitch reports that this is Chicago’s second attempt to get the program going — the Bush administration gave Chicago the grant but revoked it when the city didn’t develop a proper “congestion pricing strategy.” Chicago has likely now responded to the congestion pricing issue through the subsequent privatization of its parking meters, which has resulted in rate increases.  Also, the grant application comes right after major Chicago Transit Authority budget cuts, including the reduction and outright elimination of bus lines.

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