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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, May 22nd, 2015

IDOT will suspend much road work during holiday weekend (Daily Herald)

More street closures next week for Loop BRT project (Chicago Sun Times)

Where to find suburban Memorial Day parades (Daily Herald)

New section of Riverwalk opens this weekend (DNA Chicago) – but construction workers are still using the right-hand, westbound lane of Lower Wacker as free parking

City breaks ground on new consolidated rental car facility at O’Hare (CBS 2 Chicago)

Randolph Street Market this weekend (randolphstreetmarket.com)

Geek Tip: How Not To Handle Getting A Parking Ticket

Kenneth Harris, 49 is now in trouble with the law for attacking police officers who wrote him a parking ticket. Photo graphic courtesy of DNA Info.

Kenneth Harris, 49 is now in trouble with the law for attacking police officers who wrote him a parking ticket. Photo graphic courtesy of DNA Info.

Getting a parking ticket sucks.

It really does.

But here’s some advice after you get a ticket–don’t attack the person writing the ticket.

One Chicago driver, enraged when he got a parking ticket for parking in a 24 hour no parking zone, crumpled up the ticket, told the police officers writing the ticket to “F— you, I’ll f— you up,” and then shoved one cop in the chest sending him falling into the street according to DNA Info.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Is $20,000 from ADM behind Ald. Burke’s E-15 mandate maneuvering (Chicago Sun Times)

Avoid rush hour, and get to the airport early this holiday weekend (Daily Herald)

Bike the Drive will cause traffic delays Sunday (DNA Chicago)

$15 an hour protesters arrested, after blocking streets/building access at McDonald’s HQ in Oak Brook (Chicago Sun Times)

In Florida, Longer Yellow Lights Translating Into Drastic Reductions In Red Light Camera Violatons

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State politicians in Florida have passed laws mandating longer yellow light times at red light camera intersections over the past few years.

Recent data from some Florida RLC intersections are showing tremendous decreases in red light violations after yellow light times have been lengthened according to The Newspaper.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

E-15 mandate, sponsored by Nanny Burke, still alive in the City Council (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois Senators propose automatic voter registration, with drivers license or state ID (redecatur.com)

Drivers say curb protected bike lanes/eliminating car lanes will make bad traffic worse (CBS 2 Chicago)

Opinion: IDOT messages on road signs less than useful (Chicago Tribune)

The Parking Ticket Geek Stays Up Late On WGN Radio 720 AM

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The Parking Ticket Geek is, by nature, a night owl.

However, while he’s usually in bed and asleep by 3 AM, Wednesday night (technically Thursday morning) the Geek will be on WGN 720 AM with Mike Stephen.

Stephen, who normally hosts Outside the Loop Radio every Saturday morning at 6-7 AM on WGN, is filling in for everyone’s favorite overnight host–Nick Digilio who’s on vacation this week.

If you’re up, tune in.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Using a sledgehammer to swat a fly — Alderman Reilly calls for speed bumps to stop Lower Wacker street-racing douchebaggery (DNA Chicago)

Letter to Tribune, from pedestrian seriously hurt by biker riding on the sidewalk (Chicago Tribune)

Tribune editorial calls for Sunday car shopping in Illinois (Chicago Tribune)

Route 394 closed with hazmat spill (ABC 7 Chicago)

Bike the Drive closes LSD this Sunday morning (bikethedrive.org)

Local Radio Station Offer Up Downtown Parking Tips For Chicago Drivers

Rates at downtown parking garages can be very expensive. Photo courtesy of ParkMe.

Rates at downtown parking garages can be very expensive. Photo courtesy of ParkMe.

File this under “Duh!”–but parking in Chicago is a pain in the butt.

That’s why The Expired Meter always appreciates any tips/info/data for making parking easier for motorists.

WXRT 93.1 FM offers up a slew of parking tips
on parking downtown and centered around catching live entertainment at well known venues.

With downtown garages and lots often costing an arm and a leg, ‘XRT points out a handful of lesser known affordable lots that often cost less than on street metered parking.

Here’s the full article, “Guide To The Best Parking In Downtown Chicago.”

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday May 18th, 2015

Newly elected 18th Ward Alderman, Derrick Curtis, endorsed by Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras, sworn in today (DNA Chicago)

Heavy subsidies of biking and mass transit are part of the reason driving is so expensive (beezodogsplace.com)

Congressman Danny Davis defending his cozy ties to foreign oil interests; attempts to “sweep questions under the rug” (Chicago Sun Times)

City will use ground penetrating radar, to locate bodies that may be in the path of Oak Park Avenue project (DNA Chicago)

McCormick Boulevard in Skokie closed, while repairs are being done on CTA Yellow line (Chicago Sun Times)

Controversial Tow Truck Company Accused Of More llegal Hijinks

A driver accuses Rendered Services of towing his vehicle from a legal parking spot to an illegal one in order to tow it. Photo credit: Mark Schipper/DNA Info.

A driver accuses Rendered Services of towing his vehicle from a legal parking spot to an illegal one in order to tow it. Photo credit: Mark Schipper/DNA Info.

Towing company Rendered Services seems to be developing a bad reputation.

DNA Info is reporting, one driver is accusing a company tow truck driver of moving his vehicle from a legal parking spot to an illegal one before towing it to Rendered Services pound.

The vehicle owner says he parked his car on the street near his apartment and when he looked out later that evening, the car was gone.

He finally tracked it down to Rendered Service’s lot but had to pay $218 to get it back. The cashier at the yard told him his car was towed because it was parked inside a private lot.