City Yellow Lights Too Short, Judge Says Before Tossing Red Light Tickets

Some of Chicago’s yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he’s thrown out “60 to 70 percent” of red light camera tickets he’s come across recently More »

Trib Says Mayor Got $10,000 In Donations Linked To Red Light Camera Bidder

The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign. According to More »

Writer Predicts No Other Cities Will Ever Privatize Their Parking Meters

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, April 24th, 2015

Metropolitan Planning Council issues rose-colored assessment of Chicago’s parking meter lease (Metropolitan Planning Council)

Stevenson lane closures begin this weekend at Arsenal Road interchange (DNA Chicago)

Sunday lane closure on Ike for bridge checks (Chicago Sun Times)

Video Pranksters Torment Chicago Drivers With Fake Tickets

The YouTube trouble making crew of Reality Pranks decided to play jokes on Chicago drivers a few months ago. Dressed up as a city Parking Enforcement Aide, an actor stalked private parking lots and started giving legally parked motorists “parking tickets” for fictional offenses.

Unsurprisingly, slipping a bright orange ticket onto someone’s windshield always elicits reaction–usually an explosive one.

Of course, cameras rolled as the hilarity ensues.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras endorsed 7 aldermanic candidates, and has now won 4 of those 7 races (7th, 10th, 16th, and 18th Wards) (Chicago Board of Elections)

Rahm turns to Springfield for help in museum land grab schemes (CDOT road/transit boondoggles sure to follow) (Chicago Tribune)

Tollway says contractors now can sidestep unions (Daily Herald)

Congress Parkway Bridge Closed Early Friday Morning

Aerial view of the Congress Parkway Bridge

Aerial view of the Congress Parkway Bridge

The Congress Parkway Bridge will be closed late Thursday night/early Friday morning for testing and maintenance according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The bridge, a movable bascule type bridge over the Chicago River where the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) meets the Congress Parkway, will be closed starting at midnight for five hours to test the bridge lifting systems and to perform routine maintenance.

The bridge will be closed to both directions of traffic until 5 AM Friday morning, April 25th–just in time for the morning rush hour.

All traffic will be detoured via Wells Street, Harrison Street and Canal Street according to CDOT.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Red light camera ban for non-home rule towns passes Illinois House (Chicago Sun Times)

Pace to introduce bus rapid transit along Milwaukee, from Jefferson Park to Niles, without a traffic clogging road diet (DNA Chicago)

Downtown street closures for NFL draft start today (Chicago Sun Times)

Environmentally Friendly Automotive Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

Used TiresEDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a re-published from last year.

It’s Earth Day.

Many people in the U.S. and around the world celebrate this annual event to improve awareness of environmental issues.

Being environmentally responsible can  be a challenge for car owners.

Remember, many of the vital components and fluids used in automobiles are not very environmentally friendly.

Here’s a list of tips for car owners and how to be a vehicle owner and still celebrate a guilt-free Earth Day.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Hey Kids! It’s “Mister Rahm’s Road Safety Show.” And Today’s Secret Word is . . . “HYPOCRISY.” (ABC 7 Chicago)

Schizophrenic Active Transportation Alliance campaigns to halt temporary move of Kinzie bike lane, after approving that same move 2 years ago

Chicago federal judge shoots down bribery theory, in lawsuit over Redflex tickets (thenewspaper.com)

CDOT says to expect traffic gridlock, as Loop BRT project closes lanes on Washington Street (DNA Chicago)

Mayor’s Motorcade Caught Blowing Through Red Lights…Again

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade was caught running a red light by a city red light camera–again.

This time around it’s two separate incidents both with pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists in view of the camera according to ABC 7′s Ben Bradley. In one case, the SUV in question drives down a street the wrong way after running the red.

This is the fourth report by ABC 7 since last May when Bradley first broke the story.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, April 20th, 2015

NFL draft street closures start Tuesday night (DNA Chicago)

Uber driver shoots at gunman who fired into Logan Square crowd (ABC 7 Chicago)

Truck driver in fatal crash Aurora crash to be sentenced today (Daily Herald)

Los Angeles Parking Reform Group Has LA Mayor’s Ear

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative.

Drivers in Los Angeles are red up, mad as hell and are not fighting city hall, but working with it.

A group calling itself the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, after making noise about putting through reforms it endorsed as ballot initiatives, was invited by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to work with the city on parking reforms the LA Times reports.

The group is pushing to drastically cut parking ticket fines, decrease the frequency of street cleaning, build more parking infrastructure, move all metered parking to a demand based model and segregate revenue from parking fines so it goes toward improving parking infrastructure instead of into the city’s general fund.