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

BREAKING-NEWS WorldCompiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, December 1st 2016.

(Otto Mobile Will Be On Vacation Until Monday, December 12)

City Overnight Parking Ban Snares Hundred Of Cars - ABC 7 ChicagoChicago Sun-Times

Flyover Ramp Opens Sunday At Jane Byrne Interchange - Chicago Sun-Times‎

Red Line Transit TIF Sets Off Debate On Transportation Funding - Chicago Sun-Times‎

S. Side Red Line Extension Could Take Down 248 Properties - Crain’s Chicago Business‎; Far South Side Homeowners Question Red Line Extension’s Impact On Property Values - Chicago Reporter

Trump Visit To Chicago Cancelled - Chicago Tribune; Protests Still On - DNA Chicago

As Chicago Protesters Block Traffic For $15 An Hour, McDonald’s Counters With Automation Nationwide - Illinois Policy Institute

Before Raping Passenger, Uber Driver Harassed Other Riders: Prosecutors - DNA Chicago

Tow Trucks Snag 175 Cars On First Night Of Winter Parking Ban

The first night is always the worst.

Despite the signs, despite the warnings in the media, despite the best efforts of the city’s Street and Sanitation Department to warn drivers, every December 1st when Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban begins, a ton of drivers get caught “unaware” and wake up to find their car has disappeared.

This year, DNA Info reports 175 cars got towed to the auto pound–about a 15% decline from last year according to Streets and Sanitation data.

The ban prohibits parking from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. on 107 miles of what are considered critical arterial streets throughout Chicago and continues until March 31st, even if there isn’t any snow on the ground.

The city says the ban is necessary to keep these major thoroughfares clear of cars in order to help in snow removal in case of a surprise major snowstorm, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Drivers caught defying the ban will have to cough up $170 to get their vehicle out of the pound and then have to pay a $60 ticket on top of that.

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

HeadlinesCompiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, November 30th 2016.

City Overnight Parking Ban Begins Tonight - Chicago Sun-Times; Map - Chicago Tribune

City Council Passes Rahm TIF Transportation Tax Grab, As City Races To Submit Paperwork For Hundreds Of Millions In Fed Cash From Lame Duck Obama Administration - DNA ChicagoChicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesCrain’s Chicago Business‎; Much Of Those Billions Will Go Towards Demolishing Lakeview Buildings And Building The Belmont Flyover, To Save A Whopping 20 Seconds of Travel Time; Flyover Work May Leave A Huge Swath Of Empty Space In The Middle Of Lakeview, As The CTA Left After Recent Brown Line Work - Chicago Streetsblog; Meanwhile, CTA Is Spending Another Half A Billion Dollars To Update The Blue Line Stations, But Only 1 Station In Current Phase Gets An Elevator While 4 Others Shamefully Remain Handicap Inaccessible - Chicago Streetsblog

Long Awaited Outbound Eisenhower Ramp From Inbound Dan Ryan Opens Soon - DNA Chicago

As CDOT Considers Draconian City Wide Speed Limit Of 25 MPH In A ‘Vision Zero’ Program, New York’s Vision Zero Program Is Failing Big Time - Patch

Outgoing City Clerk Mendoza Trying To Put The Fix In For Her Replacement - Chicago Sun-Times

Brown: If You’re Going To Bill Something As A Day Of Disruption To Show Your Strength, Then You Probably Ought To Disrupt Something Other Than Traffic - Chicago Sun-Times

Trump Visiting Chicago This Weekend – Watch For Protests Near Trump Tower - DNA Chicago

Automatic Driver Voter Registration Not Dead, Group Vows After Gov’s Veto - DNA Chicago

Person Struck, Killed By Truck In Loop - DNA Chicago

Niles Police Looking For Driver Involved In Hit And Run - Chicago Tribune

Charges Pending After Man, 77, Fatally Hit By Vehicle In Lansing - Chicago Sun-Times

Zorn: Illinois Should Seize Chance To Update Forfeiture Laws That Allow Cars To Be Seized From Non-Lawbreakers - Chicago Tribune

Ald. Ameya Pawar, Who Refused To Back Ashland BRT While Lincoln Avenue Bus Service Was Being Gutted, Might Be Running For Governor In 2018 - Politico

Neighbors Raise Parking Concerns Over LGBTQ-Friendly Affordable Housing Complex In Logan Square - DNA Chicago

Read The Signs: Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts Dec. 1st

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban SignRead the signs where you park tonight.

Especially if you park overnight on a major Chicago thoroughfare.

We’re serious.

Because Wednesday night, or actually very early Thursday morning, Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban begins.

Every December 1st, the Chicago begins its winter overnight parking ban which prohibits parking from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. on 107 miles of what are considered critical arterial streets throughout Chicago. The ban continues until March 31st, even if there isn’t any snow on the ground.

The city says the ban is necessary to keep these major thoroughfares clear of cars in order to help in snow removal in case of a surprise major snowstorm, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Drivers who ignore the ban face an expensive and inconvenient Thursday morning retrieving a vehicle from one of Chicago’s auto pounds. It will cost a towed motorist $150 for the tow, a $20 auto pound storage fee and a $60 parking ticket — a total of $230.

Towed vehicles will be brought to either Auto Pound 2 located at 10301 S. Doty Ave. or Auto Pound 2 located at 701 N. Sacramento Ave.

Streets and Sanitation crews have been working overnights placing fliers on cars parked on these streets for the past two weeks to remind drivers of the upcoming parking restrictions.

But despite the fliering and the permanent posted signs, hundreds of cars get towed on the first night of the ban every year.

So…please read the signs tonight.

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

HeadlinesCompiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, November 29th 2016.

Watch Where You Park Wednesday Night: City Snow Route Parking Ban Set To Start - DNA Chicago

A Rare Sight In Chicago – Bikers Getting Tickets For Running Red Light In Wicker Park - DNA Chicago; The Biker’s Two Brilliant Legal Arguments: ‘Everyone Else Does It’ And ‘What About Those Jaywalkers’; Streetsblog Comes To Their Defense, With A Laughably Nonsensical And Incoherent ‘Why Aren’t The Cops Chasing Real Criminals’ Rant - Chicago Streetsblog; Somebody Call The ‘Waambulance‘ To Redress This Injustice

Evanston Issues Hundreds Of Citations For Seat Belt, Cell Phone Violations - Evanston Now

Oak Brook Makes Offer To Avoid Red Light Cameras Near Oakbrook Center Mall - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Companies See Possibilities In Safe Roads Amendment, Trump Infrastructure Plans - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Is On Pace To Have More Than 1,000 Fatalities For The First Time Since 2008 - Quincy Herald-Whig

House Fails To Override Rauner Veto Of Automatic Drivers Voter Reg Bill - Chicago Sun-Times

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

Extra ExtraCompiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Monday, November 28th 2016.

National Motorists Association Wants You To Pay More In Fuels Tax, But It Also Wants To Chuck Traffic Cameras - Washington Post‎

Marching Malcontents Shut Down Michigan Avenue Shopping On Black Friday, For Second Year In A Row - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesCrain’s Chicago BusinessChicago Tribune

Eisenhower May Get Toll Lanes - Crain’s Chicago Business

City Reminds Residents Of Parking Bans, Winter Weather Tips - Chicago Sun-Times; Lower Salt Prices, Mild Weather Could Save Taxpayers Money This Winter - Illinois News Network

Goodbye, Free Parking Spot: Here’s Where The City Will Put 752 New Meters - DNA Chicago

Wabash Between Madison, Monroe Re-Opens - Chicago Sun-Times

CDOT May Push For Draconian City-Wide Speed Limit Reduction To 25 MPH - ABC 7 Chicago, With All The More Revenue For Rahm’s Rip-Off Speed Cameras

Low-Information Logic: Streetsblog Sees Handful Of Bad Drivers On LaSalle Street, And Concludes That An Ill-Conceived Road Diet On Major Arterial Route (Plus Speed Cameras) Is The Answer - Chicago Reader

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, November 23rd 2016.

Illinois State Police Increase Patrols Over Holiday Weekend - NBC 5 Chicago‎

Thanksgiving Traffic In 2016 Is Going To Be Even Crazier Than Last Year - Auto Blog; Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Be Heaviest Since 2007 - Chicago Tribune

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade Started 82 Years Ago As The Christmas Caravan - DNA Chicago

A Great Tale of Holiday Kindness: Repo Man With A Heart Helps Elderly Downstate Couple Buy Back Their Car - St. Louis Post Dispatch

Security Tightened For NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade - CBS 2 New York

Metra Will Collect Coats For End Of November Drive - Northwest Herald

Chicago Has Some Of The WORST Winters Of Any U.S. City, Rankings Say - DNA Chicago

Why The Illinois Lockbox Makes Sense — AAA Loses Federal Lawsuit Against Diversion Of Toll Revenue From New York Area Bridges And Tunnels To Fund The World Trade Center Site - The Newspaper

Local Car-Haters Have Their Panties In A Bunch Over The Coming Trump Administration - Chicago Reader

Worst Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Jam Ever?

Traffic on southern California’s notoriously gridlocked 405 freeway came to a standstill Tuesday night as Los Angelenos left the city in advance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

The Los Angeles ABC affiliate captured a breathtaking and beautiful video of the gridlock from the TV station’s helicopter.

News reports say it took hours to travel just ten miles. Some say it was one of the worst traffic jams ever.

But that’s just hyperbole as that title is owned by last year’s mega-super-traffic jam in China that occurred at the end of China’s Golden Week holiday.

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

Breaking News!Compiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, November 22nd 2016.

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade On State Street – Watch For Street Closures, Parking Restrictions - WGN 9 Chicago

Chicago Turkey Trot Race On Lakefront Will Close LSD Exits In Lincoln Park On Thanksgiving Morning - Chicago Turkey Trot

For Second Year In A Row, Cop-Hater Crowd Plans To Shut Down Business On Mag Mile On Black Friday - DNA Chicago; Based On 2015 Shutdown, Protests Could Cost Stores 25-50 Percent Of Crucial Sales That Day

State To Crack Down On Holiday Handicapped Parking Violators - Chicago Sun-Times

Tollway Promises Good News For Thanksgiving – More Lanes On Jane Addams - Chicago Tribune; Local Road Projects Coming To An End - Chicago Daily Herald; Weather, Roadwork Add Up To Good Forecast For Holiday Commuters - Chicago Sun-Times

Therapy Dogs Are Roaming Chicago Airports To De-Stress Passengers This Week - DNA Chicago; How To Navigate Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport During The Holidays With Tips From Travel Experts - Chicago Tribune‎

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

Daily-News-headline-newspapersCompiled by Otto Mobile.

Your transportation related headlines for Monday, November 21st 2016.

Lake Shore Drive South To Close Overnight Monday - Chicago Sun-Times

Second Lane To Reopen During Rush Hours On Western On North Side - Chicago Sun-Times

92nd Street Bridge Reopens - Chicago Sun-Times

Voters Approve Road Fund Lockbox Chicago Sun-Times; NJ Passes Similar Measure - Governing; What Does It Mean For Chicago, Illinois, After Trump Election  Chicago StreetsblogThe Southern Illinoisan; Moody’s Calls Safe Roads Amendment A Credit Negative For Illinois Finances - Illinois Policy Institute; Does Trump Win Spell Doom For Fed Funding For Chicago, CTA ? Crain’s Chicago Business; Rahm Races To Get 1.5B Fed Finding For CTA Red Line Before Obama Leaves Office Crain’s Chicago BusinessChicago StreetsblogChicago Sun-Times; Local Leaders Have Trump Infrastructure Questions ? Chicago Tribune; Ald Waguespack Worried Trump Would Revoke CTA Funding WGN 9 Chicago

Rahm 2017 Budget Goes After Drivers, Businesses, Consumers With New Taxes On Shopping Bags, Higher Parking Meter Rates, Fees For Using Loading Zones  Crain’s Chicago Business; Rahm Parking Meter Rip-Off - Chicago Tribune; Better Government Association: Rahm Bag Tax Is A Revenue Robbery - Better Government Association; Rahm Taxes Hurt Chicago Families - Chicago Tribune; After A Series Of Crushing Taxes, Regulations, And Unfunded Mandates On Small Business, City Hall Offers Token Regulatory Relief - Crain’s Chicago Business

Chicago’s Bad Recycling Gets Worse: Only 10 Percent Diverted From Landfill - DNA Chicago

County Board Narrowly Passes Anti-Business, Regressive Tax On Soda Crain’s Chicago Business; Tax Hurts County Residents, Businesses - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times

Barrington Overrules Cook County’s Minimum Wage, Sick Day Mandates - Chicago Tribune

Arizona Executive Gets 2 1/2 Years For Chicago Red Light Camera Bribes ? QC Online; FBI Explains How It Took Down Chicago Red Light Camera Corruption - The Newspaper

Illinois To Roll Out New License Plates ? Chicago Sun-Times; Critics React - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune; Where Are These Plates Made - Chicago Daily Herald