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Jacky Grimshaw, vice chairman of the CTA board and VP of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Chicago division, thinks we ought to have far better regional transit. Her case is based on the realization that four of the five largest employment hubs outside of Chicago are underserved by mass transit. Grimshaw cites campaigns for regional transit investment in LA and Denver as winning taxpayer support, reducing commuting times, costs, and pollution. Europe basically gets it as a whole. Buzzy as it is, transit-oriented development policies must join any Cook County transit expansion — mixing uses, encouraging walking, boosting ridership, and helping property values. [Crain's]