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CTA and city transportation officials faced a large crowd armed with many questions and healthy doses of skepticism at an open house for the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project Wednesday night.
Officials and staff members from the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation enjoyed a relatively smaller, friendlier and supportive turnout the previous night at a south side open house.
But this time around 120 people showed up at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse last night and many attendees came out to voice criticism and concern over the proposed $160 million project–and in some instances, tempers flared between supporters and detractors of the plan.
Speed cameras on Irving Park Road adjacent to Portage Park are now issuing speeding tickets reports DNA Info.
The cameras, on Irving Park between Linder and Long have finished their 30-day warning period and began issuing tickets for $35 and $100.
For now, the city will only issue tickets for drivers exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more, even though legally it could issue $35 tickets for going 6-10 mph and $100 for going 11 mph or faster above the limit.
38th Ward alderman Tim Cullerton tells DNA Info he welcomes the cameras and so do many families with kids in the area. Cullerton says the speed cameras are slowing down drivers on Irving.
The meeting was held to solicit public input on the project, a required phases any type of public works project must go through.
The Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project envisions center running express buses between 95th Street and Irving Park Road stopping every half mile. Proponents believe this will greatly speed up travel times up and down Ashland and help spur economic development along the corridor.
However, opponents of BRT on Ashland are wary of the plan to reduce Ashland from two lanes of traffic in each direction to just one lane each way. In addition, most left turns could be eliminated and local bus service would continue to operate in the single remaining lanes.
Pro-transit group Active Transportation Alliance organized a rally at a nearby bar before the CTA’s open house and then marched the four blocks en masse to the event to show their support for the plan.
While approximately 30-50 people attended the event, supporters clearly outnumbered detractors.
But it also seemed like the number of CTA staff, city officials and other hired guns helping sell the project was on par with the number of attendees. Near the end of the two hour open house, staff with name badges easily outnumbered attendees.
Although the CTA’s Joe Iacobucci felt the turnout for the meeting was strong.
Six months after the City Council passed a renegotiated parking meter lease, business leaders and aldermen in some wards say free Sunday parking has led to low meter turnover — which means fewer customers are able to park and shop in the neighborhoods.
Kevin Vaughn, owner of a handful of restaurants and bars, including Lakeview’s Mystic Celt and Vaughn’s Pub, said he was trying to find parking outside one of his businesses early Sunday morning and most of the metered spots were filled — a problem that began after free Sunday parking began.
“Eighty percent of the spots were filled at 8 a.m.,” Vaughn said. “In Lakeview, Sunday is the second busiest commercial business day of the week. Ultimately [free metered parking] is bad for business.”
The revised agreement with Chicago Parking Meters LLC made changes that the Emanuel administration said give the city more control over the meter system than the original agreement, and free Sunday parking was one major change Emanuel wanted to see in the new deal.
But that didn’t sit well with a handful of City Council members.
Read more at DNA Info.
Chicagoist Editor Chuck Sudo could perhaps be called the Miss Manners of winter dibs parking in Chicago.
On the heels of this year’s first winter (technically late autumn) snowstorm, Sudo opines extensively on the Do’s and Don’ts of using broken lawn furniture or other junk to “reserve” a street parking space you just shoveled out.
The editors of The Expired Meter are strongly opposed to this storied Chicago winter tradition because…well because it’s stupid and drivers don’t have any proprietary claim to the public way.
But the Chicagoist piece is quite extensive and can serve as a great resource for those Chicagoans who insist on embracing this repulsive tradition.
Perhaps Sudo’s best proffered advice is:
Finally, don’t snake someone’s spot. People get really confrontational. Personally I’ve had my spot snaked multiple times, dibs stolen, etc. and while I might get cranky I’ve never done anything because I’m only kind of a jerk. I’ve seen folks have their cars keyed or damaged otherwise—I had to stop someone from doing this once. Some people straight up fist fight over it. It’s just not worth it.
Here’s the full story, “Chicagoist’s Guide To Proper Dibs Protocol.”
Listening to a Milwaukee talk radio station, we heard about this amazing multi-car pileup that happened outside Milwaukee during Sunday’s snowstorm.
Wisconsin DOT cameras caught the action on Highway 41 & 45.
Even more amazingly, no one died although three other people died in storm related accidents in the area Sunday.
Here’s more photos and story at WTMJ Radio, “Video captures Highway 41/45 pileup as it happens.”
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that speed camera warnings will be issued at two newly installed locations.
Speed cameras near Challenger Dog Park (1142 W. Irving Park Rd.) and Washington Park (536 E. Morgan Dr.) began their 30-day warning period Friday where drivers exceeding the speed limit by six miles per hour will receive warning letters in the mail.
Once the 30-day warning period is over, there will be another two week period to make sure drivers who were mailed warnings receive them in the mail before tickets with fines attached begin being issued.
Here’s Part 2 of a recent conversation The Expired Meter’s nitwit publisher The Parking Ticket Geek had with Frank Avila, the host of CAN-TV‘s Issue Forum.
The two discussed the city’s notorious parking meter lease deal, the new speed camera program, ways to possibly avoid speed camera tickets as well as tips for fighting improper parking tickets.
Here’s Part 1 of the interview with the Geek if you, like many, many others with much better things to do, happened to have missed it.
Don’t be surprised if you see bright orange signs and street sweepers on your street during December.
That’s because Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation decided to officially extend street cleaning through mid-December.
In past years Chicago’s street cleaning season runs from April 1st through November 30th.
But due to the prolonged and mild fall which delayed many trees from shedding their leaves until late in the season, Streets and Sanitation felt it would be important to winter snow removal efforts to make sure leaves were cleared from residential streets where possible.
No, the headline for this piece is not a typo.
Interstate speed limits that are too low are dangerous and the speed limits on metro Chicago Tollways like I-88, I-294 and I-355 fit this description.
Transportation engineers world-wide almost unanimously advocate posting speed limits based on the free-flowing 85th percentile speed. This is the speed below which 85% of cars actually travel when not impeded by traffic or heavy visible enforcement. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has published a report that explains how this method works, why it works and the dangers of not using it.