Monthly Archives: June 2015

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

breaking_news1Compiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday,  June 30th, 2015

Rauner Signs Bill Approving Some Road Construction, Vetoes Capitol Renovations (Chicago Sun Times)

Cops: Rauner Protester Reports Convoy SUV Struck His Arm (Chicago Tribune)

Neighbors Start Petition To Get Rid Of Lincoln/Wellington/Southport Twister Traffic Trap (DNA Chicago)

More Wrong Way Bike Lanes Planned For Rogers Park (Chicago Streetsblog)

Friends, Family Of Motorcycle Accident Victim Outraged At Grisly Pictures Posted Online (CBS 2 Chicago)

Switch Replacement May Cause Minor Delays At Union Station, Metra Says (Chicago Tribune)

AAA Expect Mild Increase In July 4th Holiday Driving

american-flag-2aAAA is telling motorists to expect more cars on the road this upcoming Independence Day holiday.

AAA is predicting 2 million people will be on the road in Illinois this holiday weekend, up .4 percent from last year. Nationally, the group believes 35 million people will travel more than 50 miles this holiday, the most since 2007 and a 0.7% increase from last year.

One reason for the bump in highway travel is the cost of gas which is nearly a buck a gallon less than it was last year.

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

Daily-News-headline-newspapersCompiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Monday, June 29th, 2015

Why Bicyclists Blow Through Red Lights (Chicago Tribune)

Letter To The Editor: Dumping Illiana Saved Nature Refuge (Daily Herald)

Rauner Proposes Deep Cuts For Amtrak (ABC 7 Chicago)

Amtrak Plans Union Station Makeover (Chicago Tribune)

Amtrak Train From Chicago Was Stuck In Iowa Overnight After Tracks Washed Out (Chicago Sun Times)

New Federal Regulations On Tank-Car Trains Face Challenges (Chicago Sun Times)

Editorial: Congress Tries To Run A Railroad. Bad Idea (Chicago Tribune)

The Trip To Work In Chicagos Metro Area Averages 31 Minutes (Chicago Sun Times)

How To Avoid & Beat Residential Permit Parking Tickets

residential-parking

Victory.

I walked out of a parking ticket hearing today, smiling gleefully while firmly gripping the paperwork dismissing the ticket I received for parking in a residential permit parking zone back in May. It’s a happiness that needs to be shared by showing other drivers the best way to avoid and/or beat these tickets.

Residential permit parking zones restrict drivers from parking on a great percentage of Chicago streets.

The original concept for the restrictions was to make sure residents living near hospitals, CTA or Metra train stops or schools, were able to park in front or near of their homes without having to compete for spaces with visitors.

But the number of RPP zones have exploded over the past twenty years making it more difficult every year for motorists to find free parking on residential streets.

But parking tickets for RPP violations are pretty easy to avoid and not very hard to beat if you get one.

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

HeadlinesCompiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Friday, June 26th, 2015

Why The Return Of Happy Hour Is A Bad Idea For Chicago (New York Times)

The Downside Of The Chicago Parking Meter Lease And Other Sales Of City Assets (Forbes)

Dont Tase Me Bro – Cops Zap Passenger On Metra Train (ABC 7 Chicago)

Chicago Skyway Companies Put Concession Up For Sale (Reuters)

Transit Agencies Expect No Changes In Fares Or Service (CBS 2 Chicago)

With No Bloomingdale Trail Bathrooms, Local Businesses Get Flooded (DNA Chicago); And Why Were Bathrooms An Afterthought (Beezodogsplace.Com)

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

Breaking News!Compiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Streetsblog Math: Clybourn Minus 65 Parking Spaces, Minus Rush Hour Car Lanes, Equals No Problem For Local Businesses (Chicago Streetsblog)

New Aviation Chief: Double-Decker Blue Line Could Carry Express Train To O’Hare (Chicago Sun Times)

Metra, Other Agencies May Be Fined For Missing Safety System Deadline (Chicago Tribune)

Pride Parade Affects CTA Service Sunday (DNA Chicago)

Chicago Pedway System (Chicago Detours)

5 Spots For Skyline Views Away From The Tourists (Curbed Chicago)

The Changing Face Of Fulton Market (Sound Cloud Podcast)

Chicago Reader Critic Loves Chase Scenes (Chicago Reader)

Chicago Reader Best Of Chicago 2015 (Chicago Reader)

Opinion: Scofflaw Cyclists Negate Any Safety Benefit From Protected Bike Lanes (Chicago Tribune)

Some Seniors Claim They’re Not Getting City Sticker Discounts

NBC 5 is reporting some older drivers are not getting their senior citizen discounts on this year’s city stickers.

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

Extra ExtraCompiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

More Grief For I-90 Drivers (Daily Herald)

Work Begins July 6th On The Next City-Engineered Traffic Jam On Argyle Street (DNA Chicago)

Du Page Economic Development Chief Headed To Tollway (Daily Herald)

Red Light-Running Cyclists Beware, Enforcement Events Set (DNA Chicago)

Opinion: Give Skateboarders Same Rights As Cyclists (Chicago Now)

IDOT Official: Rauner Wants To Spend Billions On Infrastructure (Daily Herald)

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

breaking_news1Compiled by Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Clybourn Bike Lanes Will Cut 65 Scarce Parking Spaces In Busy Retail Corridor, Eliminate One Lane Of Rush Hour Car Traffic In Each Direction (DNA Chicago)

CTA Chief Pension Windfall The Perfect Symbol For The Financial Implosion Of Chicago And Illinois (Chicago Sun Times)

Rahm Touts City’s Street Paving Progress (City Of Chicago)

Wilmette Dairy Queen Owner: No Parking Boots After 9 P.M. (Chicago Tribune)

Neighbors Skeptical Of CDOT Claims About Traffic From Proposed River North High Rise (DNA Chicago)

606 Radio Ads Paid For By Advocacy Group, Not City (DNA Chicago)

Is It OK To Ride The 606 At Night (Chicago Streetsblog)

Columnist: Getting Zoned Parking Permit Exemption A Major Pain

Roscoe Village resident Chris Courtney puts his new 2015 city sticker on his windshield in the parking lot of a currency exchange after midnight Wednesday morning.

Roscoe Village resident Chris Courtney puts his 2015 city sticker on his windshield in the parking lot of a currency exchange after midnight Wednesday morning.

Just because you don’t live within the formal boundaries of a Chicago residential permit parking zone, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get a permit to park in one.

Vehicle owners who reside within an RPP zone pay an additional $25 every year for their city sticker to have the proper designation to allow them to park their car within the zone boundaries.

But sometimes, residents who live just outside or adjacent to one of these RPP zones or go to work within an RPP zone can still get a city sticker with the proper designation so they can park there legally.

However, the only way to do it is by getting the local alderman to sign off on an exemption letter before going to the City Clerk’s office to purchase a city sticker.

That’s the problem Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell tackles in a recent column.