This past November, the first BRT (bus rapid transit) stop pilot program debuted on Jeffery Boulevard. The “Jeffery Jump” runs from 103rd Street to Metra’s Ogilvie and Union stations. Today the CTA announced the first phase of BRT will cover the Ashland corridor from 31st Place to Cortland Street. What’s the difference between BRT and a regular bus? For starters, the buses would have a dedicated lane on both sides and traffic signals would work in favor of the buses. Passengers would board from platforms and pay for fare at kiosks before boarding. The project is expected to cost $50 million and will extend five miles on Ashland Avenue. The BRT experience will offer faster, reliable and efficient travel than the traditional bus service. Several major cities like LA, Cleveland, and NYC have incorporated BRT systems that complement and sometimes supplement the train.