In the last decade, bus ridership has dropped both in the Chicago area and nationwide.
Instead of taking the bus, travelers are choosing ride-share or driving their own cars, aided by lower gas prices. Increasingly clogged roads have made riding on a bus more frustrating, with buses inching through traffic like turtles through molasses.
To combat the problem and get people back on the bus, both the CTA and Pace are joining transit agencies around the country in finding ways to make buses faster and more reliable. This includes painting red bus lanes on streets to keep cars out, faster boarding, and the use of new transit signal technology to give buses priority at stoplights.