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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Illinois Planning For Yesterdays Transportation System, IDOT Chief Warns; Rejects HOV Lanes, But Suggests Some Toll Lanes On Expressways - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Skyway Toll Workers Vote Yes On Contract Offer, Avoid Labor Day Weekend Strike - ABC 7 Chicago

Labor Day Weekend Travel Forecast: Hot And Heavy Traffic - Chicago Sun Times

Labor Day Drivers To Enjoy Lowest Gasoline Prices Since 2004 - Chicago Tribune

City, State Police to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers This Holiday Weekend - DNA Chicago

Study Shows Injury Accidents Increased 19.5 Percent At Red Light Camera Intersections In Virginia Beach, Virginia -Thenewspaper.Com

Labor Day Holiday Strike Averted, Skyway Toll Collectors Ratify New Contract

SkywayChicagoans headed to Indiana or Michigan for the weekend can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

With an impending strike by Skyway toll collectors threatening to turn heavily congested Labor Day holiday traffic into a traffic nightmare, workers ratified an agreement on Wednesday.

The contract for the 30 toll collectors, mostly part time employees making $11 per year hour, expired on Monday.

But the new 3-year contract guarantees more full-time positions, limits managements use of seasonal workers and gives workers a wage increase.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Skyway Workers Could Strike This Weekend – Strike Vote Today - NBC 5 Chicago

Labor Day Drivers Saving $1.4 Billion This Weekend - Nightly Business Report; Study: Congestion To Cost Economy $1.4B Over Labor Day - Thehill.Com

Daytime Closures To Begin Wednesday On Lake Shore Drive For Survey Work, In Advance Of LSD Resurfacing This Month - Chicago Sun Times

What Is Next for Fulton Market – Streetscape Improvements - DNA Chicago

Redflex Reports Loss Of $38 Million In The Last Financial Year Due, To Chicago Bribery Scandal And The US Revolt Against Automated Enforcement -Thenewspaper.Com

Red Light Cam Employee Racks Up $750 On Credit Card Of Ticketed Man: Charges - DNA Chicago

Lowering Urban Speed Limits An Exercise In Futility - Driving

Newly Installed Parking Meters In Kenwood Outrage Some Residents

Recently installed parking meters on 47th Street in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood have some residents up in arms according to DNA Info.

The newly metered spaces went live last week outside of an unemployment office on 47th. Last Friday, parking enforcement caught some unwary scofflaws by surprise by issuing that street’s very first expired meter tickets.

This, according to DNA Info, angered many of the unemployed who drove to the unemployment office.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Fudges Numbers, But Report Data Still Shows No Difference In Safety Between Control Group Without Speed Cameras And Sites With Speed Cameras - The Newspaper.Com

After 40 Years, Deep Tunnel Project Is Complete; New Reservoir Will Add 7.9 Billion More Gallons Of Capacity To Chicago Stormwater Runoff System - WBEZ

Poll: Americans OK With Gas Tax Increase To Improve Infrastructure - Chicago Sun Times; Poll: California Voters Oppose Gas Tax Hike (Thehill.Com)

Creeping Communism Alert: Emanuel Green-Lights Quick City Council Hearings On Sugary Soft Drink Tax - Chicago Sun Times; Opinion: City soda tax hurts working-class people - Chicago Sun Times

Watch For Another I-90 Ramp Closure, This Time In Hoffman Estates - Daily Herald

Rahm Gets Booed At First City Budget Meeting - Chicago Tribune

Bikers Should Not Have A Code Of Silence On Bad Behavior - Beezodogsplace.com

Chicago Area Gas Prices Plunge Nearly 30 Cents In Last Week

Gas-Pump-2Chicago area drivers filling up their gas tanks are getting some good news at the pump this week.

Gas prices have dropped nearly 30 cents a gallon since last week according to two gas price reporting websites.

ChicagoGasPrices.com is showing an average price of $2.97 for a gallon of regular unleaded across the entire Chicago metro area. That compares to $3.25 per gallon just a week ago. AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, which watches both the greater metro area and the city proper, says city drivers are paying $3.28 per gallon compared to the $3.54 per gallon a week ago–a 26 cents a gallon plunge.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Case Of Pot Versus Kettle: Chicago Sues Red Light Camera Firm Redflex For $300 Million, Alleging That Entire Program Was Corrupt - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Washington Must Assure Refineries Do Not Break Down - Chicago Sun Times

Editorial: Drunken Driving And 24/7 Sobriety - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Celebrating The Rebirth Of The Suburbs - Daily Herald

City Sues Former Red Light Cam Vendor For Over $300 Million

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkOut of the frying pan and into the hot molten lava.

That’s what happened to red light camera vendor Redflex Traffic System according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The newspaper is reporting, recently unsealed legal documents show the City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Redflex for over $300 million in damages due to alleged ethical misbehavior by the company.

The Australian-based provider of automated traffic enforcement systems has been struggling under a barrage of setbacks including having former CEO being indicted and pleading guilty to operating bribery schemes in Chicago and cities in Ohio to secure contracts.

The scandal has cost the company municipal contracts all over the country.

No more so than in Chicago, which the company lost when the Chicago Tribune reported on how the company had allegedly funneled over a million dollars in cash, cars, homes and gifts to John Bills, the former CDOT manager who helped grease the skids for Redflex to win and retain the city’s red light camera program. When the explosive allegations were reported, Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled the Redflex contract–the nation’s largest RLC program and far and away Redflex’s most lucrative client.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, August 28th, 2015

Expressway Closures Start Friday Night Near Byrne Interchange (Chicago Sun Times)

Lake Street Bridge, Parts Of CTA Pink And Green Lines Closed Saturday Morning (DNA Chicago)

Pain At The Pump Expected To Continue For Chicagoans (Chicago Tribune)

Another Embarrassment For Illinois – State Too Broke To Pay Lottery Winners (Chicago Tribune)

Rollover Crash Shuts Down All Outbound Lanes On Chicago Skyway (NBC 5 Chicago)

Water Main Break Causes Street Closures In West Loop (Chicago Sun Times)

Critical Mass Is A Disgrace For Chicago (Beezodogsplace.Com)

Critical Mass To Mess Up Traffic Friday Evening

Bikers "Mass" up traffic in Wicker Park

Bikers “Mass” up traffic in Wicker Park

The monthly Critical Mass Chicago bike ride is set for tonight to make this Friday’s rush hour traffic even more frustrating than normal.

The Mass, made up of hundreds if not thousands of cyclists, steps off from Daley Center at 5:30 PM and will head on a long circuitous route around the city.

Much to the bane of rush hour motorists, an endless stream of over a thousand bike riders, will delay drivers unfortunate enough to be at an intersection along their route. It’s much like waiting at a railroad crossing when an extra long freight train is going by.

While the route is never released in advance, it looks like the Critical Mass riders may be coming through the Wicker Park neighborhood at some point according to DNA Info.