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The Chicago Drivers Guide to Rideshare Street Smarts: Transit Avenues/ Ashland Avenue

Updated on June 11, 2019
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It didn't take all 9,000 trips I've driven (as of 1/2/19) to discover that it's street smart to drive on Ashland Ave.

skyline view from Ashland & Webster
skyline view from Ashland & Webster | Source

Aisleland Hopping

Ashland Avenue contains a roadway aisle that gives driverprenuers (driver-entrepreneurs) an advantage when driving on the city's north side.The section of Ashland between Armitage and Foster Avenues provides the best moving stretch of non highway road in all of Chicago.The boulevard runs north and south with traffic moving in both directions. It cuts a speedy swath north until it reaches Andersonville. The "Aisle" allows swift movement towards areas east (e.g. Edgewater) and west (e.g. Lincoln Square) of it. This paved pathway is why Armitage Ave is my main "go to" exit from the Kennedy Expressway.

Ashland,however, isn't always fastland. It can be a grind on the south side where it host industrial sites and a heavy truck presence. Furthermore, trucks are by no means limited to the south side of Ashland. Also, the aptly named aisle is not immune to construction and rush hour traffic. Still, this is a street that possess its share of "go to " qualities.

GTQ's (go to qualities)

Red Hot Rideshare Magnet Zones
Hot spots that attract riders
Prime Place Prescence
Prime places to do rideshare business

G.T.Q.'s in the spotlight

Red Hot Rideshare Magnet Zones

Ashland Avenue is a long street. I have driven much of this city thoroughfare from 127th Street, Calumet City to Rogers Ave in Rogers Park at the city's north pinnacle. The roadway has many hot spots, but two stand out;

-The triangular intersection formed by Division Street, Ashland and Milwaukee Avenues in the Noble Square neighborhood.

- The vicinity of Rush University Medical Center south of the Eisenhower. (I-290)

- Close proximity to United Center north of the Eisenhower.

Prime Place Presence

Ashland goes through the following prime Chicago driverpreneur areas;

Beverly, Bucktown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Medical District, Rogers Park, University Village and Wicker Park.*

Transit Ave Street Cred

Train at Clybourn Metra Station
Train at Clybourn Metra Station | Source

Ashland Avenue achieves terrific transit ave street cred due to its connection with roads, rails and routes. The following details show as much;

-"L" stations, both above ground and underground that represent four colors of Chicago's "trainbow" rest on this mighty street. Blue, green, pink and orange line stops are dispersed on the north, south and west sides of town.

-Metra, Chicago's regional rail network includes two Ashlandian area stations. The Clybourn stop,(pictured) that includes trains going out to suburban Chicago and even into Wisconsin, is located on the fine line between Bucktown and Lincoln Park. A south side stop in Beverly is a short hike away from Ashland Avenue. (see map)

South Side Metra stop by Ashland

- Bus access is plentiful. The C.T.A. (Chicago Transit Authority) includes at least 20 bus routes that intersect with Ashland at some point. Routes that take passengers to the Chicago's west side and border west suburbs are well represented here.

-Connectivity to major highways is also a strength of Ashland. It has entrance and exit ramps at the Kennedy (I-94), the Stevenson (I-55) and the aforementioned Eisenhower.

Go To Good

The driverpreneur who lives nearby Ashland simply needs to go to this rideshare resource road.... and go. This is a street that one would be smart to drive on.

* The locations presented in bold print are Prime Place 10 locales. These are among the best communities to get rideshare revenue.


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