An article in Salon argues that urban public transportation is doomed because politicians who could enact better policies don't use it. They drive or have drivers. How does metro Chicago's public transit fit into this theory? We discuss future train and bus expansion. (Flickr/Dan Klimke)
Chicago Transit Authority ridership went up to 530 million boardings last year, reaching its highest ridership level since 1991.Rail ridership grew by 5.2 percent compared to an increase of 1.4 percent in bus usage.
Before Chicago inaugurated its famed elevated train system in 1892, the second city was home to the world’s largest and most profitable network of cable cars.That's right, San Francisco. How you like us now?The first street cars were pulled by horses.