This map mimics a "heat map" showing areas of the city serviced by train stations and/or train lines within a 1/2-mile (the maximum reasonable walking distance is about 12 min). The more intense the color, the more train station/line options there are to choose from.
The bus lines are underlaid to show "cool" zones, or areas which are only serviced by buses, if at all.
A person unfamiliar with Chicago would assume from this transit system that:
- Most activity in the city occurs in the loop.
- Bus connections are efficient/adequate & pleasant to transport people in "cool" zones to train stations.
- There are more options for those who don't own a car.
These assumptions are inaccurate to various degrees.
For a more equitable transit system, we recommend:
- Creating pedestrian-friendly and retail-dense corridors between areas where there is only one train line/station option.
- Prioritizing bus service maintenance, technology and design for the "cool" zones which are completely reliant on buses.
- Planning new lines/stations/economic development for low-income areas that need more overall activity.