46th Ward runoff candidates support more dedicated bus lanes

Both of the candidates in the 46th Ward runoff election support the 10 proposed policies featured in our Aldermanic Candidate Questionnaire.

The 46th Ward is on Chicago’s North Side and includes parts of Uptown and Buena Park. The seat is currently held by Ald. James Cappleman, who is running for re-election in the runoff.

Following is a summary of the candidates’ positions based on the questionnaire responses and public statements. Active Transportation NOW does not endorse candidates. Our goal is to educate candidates and voters about the city’s transportation needs and build support for improvements.

Runoff candidate responses

ALD. JAMES CAPPLEMAN

Ald. Cappleman pledges support for all 10 proposed policies. He says living in a dense ward like the 46th allowed him to give up car ownership long ago and it allows him to be more connected to his constituents.

Cappleman backs a Chicago Bike Walk Fund and says his experience operating the menu money program has shown it to be inequitable. The $1.32 million that each ward receives as part of the menu money program goes a long way to address needs in his dense ward, he says, but it “only funds a fraction of infrastructure needs in South and West Side wards.” He also supports a discounted transit fare for low-income riders and more equitable Transit Oriented Development.

Cappleman says he fully supports dedicated transitways as part of the North Lake Shore Drive reconstruction project because they would reduce commute time for thousands of riders and incentivize transit. He supports a continuous Chicago River Trail, and adds that “neighborhoods throughout the city deserve to be as connected as we are” thanks to the Lakefront Trail.

MARIANNE LALONDE

Marianne Lalonde pledges support for all 10 policies. Like many people, she says her daily commute can include biking, walking and public transit. Lalonde calls walking and biking the most economical and sustainable ways to travel. She supports a Chicago Bike Walk Fund, noting that more bike infrastructure is warranted to improve what is too often an “inherently adversarial relationship” with people driving.

Lalonde supports creating 50 miles of new bus lanes to reduce congestion, improve the rider experience for current users and get more people riding.