Monthly Archives: August 2015

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Case Of Pot Versus Kettle: Chicago Sues Red Light Camera Firm Redflex For $300 Million, Alleging That Entire Program Was Corrupt - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Washington Must Assure Refineries Do Not Break Down - Chicago Sun Times

Editorial: Drunken Driving And 24/7 Sobriety - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Celebrating The Rebirth Of The Suburbs - Daily Herald

City Sues Former Red Light Cam Vendor For Over $300 Million

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkOut of the frying pan and into the hot molten lava.

That’s what happened to red light camera vendor Redflex Traffic System according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The newspaper is reporting, recently unsealed legal documents show the City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Redflex for over $300 million in damages due to alleged ethical misbehavior by the company.

The Australian-based provider of automated traffic enforcement systems has been struggling under a barrage of setbacks including having former CEO being indicted and pleading guilty to operating bribery schemes in Chicago and cities in Ohio to secure contracts.

The scandal has cost the company municipal contracts all over the country.

No more so than in Chicago, which the company lost when the Chicago Tribune reported on how the company had allegedly funneled over a million dollars in cash, cars, homes and gifts to John Bills, the former CDOT manager who helped grease the skids for Redflex to win and retain the city’s red light camera program. When the explosive allegations were reported, Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled the Redflex contract–the nation’s largest RLC program and far and away Redflex’s most lucrative client.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, August 28th, 2015

Expressway Closures Start Friday Night Near Byrne Interchange (Chicago Sun Times)

Lake Street Bridge, Parts Of CTA Pink And Green Lines Closed Saturday Morning (DNA Chicago)

Pain At The Pump Expected To Continue For Chicagoans (Chicago Tribune)

Another Embarrassment For Illinois – State Too Broke To Pay Lottery Winners (Chicago Tribune)

Rollover Crash Shuts Down All Outbound Lanes On Chicago Skyway (NBC 5 Chicago)

Water Main Break Causes Street Closures In West Loop (Chicago Sun Times)

Critical Mass Is A Disgrace For Chicago (Beezodogsplace.Com)

Critical Mass To Mess Up Traffic Friday Evening

Bikers "Mass" up traffic in Wicker Park

Bikers “Mass” up traffic in Wicker Park

The monthly Critical Mass Chicago bike ride is set for tonight to make this Friday’s rush hour traffic even more frustrating than normal.

The Mass, made up of hundreds if not thousands of cyclists, steps off from Daley Center at 5:30 PM and will head on a long circuitous route around the city.

Much to the bane of rush hour motorists, an endless stream of over a thousand bike riders, will delay drivers unfortunate enough to be at an intersection along their route. It’s much like waiting at a railroad crossing when an extra long freight train is going by.

While the route is never released in advance, it looks like the Critical Mass riders may be coming through the Wicker Park neighborhood at some point according to DNA Info.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Respected Urban Planner Slams Ashland BRT As Wrong For Chicago, And A Misguided Anti-Car Project (New Geography); In Response, Streetsbloggers Scamper Up On The Kitchen Chairs, Hike Up Their Skirts, And Scream: EEEK!! A HERETIC!! (Chicago Streetsblog)

Only Red-Light Cameras in Hyde Park Being Removed (DNA Chicago)

Turn Them Off, Tear Them Down: Red-Light Cameras Are Chicago Politics At Its Worst (Chicago Now)

Letter: Red Is The New Yellow (Chicago Tribune)

Low Gas Prices Will Fuel Heavy Labor Day Holiday Traffic, AAA Says (Chicago Tribune)

What A Skyway Strike Could Do To Your Labor Day Plans - Crains Chicago Business

Byrne Interchange Construction Continues This Weekend (Circle Interchange)

Montrose Avenue Traffic Nightmare on Northwest Side Ends Early (DNA Chicago)

Lake Street Bridge Closed For Maintenance Saturday Morning

CDOT logoThe Chicago Department of Transportation announced the temporary, overnight closure of the Lake Street Bridge over the Chicago River, from Wacker Drive to Canal Street starting early Saturday morning from 2 AM until 10 AM for maintenance work.

Westbound traffic will be detoured via Wacker to Randolph, west to Canal and north back onto Lake Street.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured using Desplaines to Washington, east to Wacker and north to Lake Street.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Report: Southern California Red Light Cameras Fail To Reduce Accidents (Thenewspaper.Com)

Active Transportation Alliance Proposes To Wreck Cicero Avenue As A Vital 4-Lane Traffic Artery For Chicago, With A New BRT Or Train Line (Active Transportation Alliance)

Chicago Is Home To Five Of The Top 20 Worst Roads For Traffic Congestion In The U.S., A New Study Says (Chicago Tribune)

Opinion: Illinois Needs To Invest In Transportation (Chicago Sun Times)

Letter: Gasoline Price Gouging (Chicago Tribune)

Letter: Highway Violence Must End (Chicago Tribune)

Road Named For Sandra Bland (Chicago Tribune)

The Closed Cortland Bridge That Gridlocked Lincoln Park Could Open Nov. 1 (DNA Chicago)

Fire At Second City Blocks Traffic In Old Town (Chicago Tribune)

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Lisa Madigan, Rahm Emanuel Demand Answers About Gas Price Spike (Chicago Tribune)

BP Reopens Distillation Unit At Whiting Refinery; Gas Prices Expected To Drop (CBS 2 Chicago)

Deeper I-290 Would Trap Noise, Lower Ike Overpasses, IDOT Says (Chicago Tribune)

Rauner Signs Law Granting Immunity To Underage Drinkers Who Call Authorities For Help (State Journal Register)

Police Memorial Foundation Fundraiser Auctions Off Horses Of Honor Posted On Michigan Avenue (Chicago Sun Times)

Active Transportation Alliance Lobbies City Council For Its Agenda (Active Transportation Alliance)

Law Enforcement Kicks Off Labor Day Holiday DUI Crackdown

Click It or TicketWith the Labor Day holiday around the corner, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced the kickoff of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign.

State police are teaming up with more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff’s police to setup roadside safety checks and bump up the level of patrols and enforcement of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Progress in recent years is encouraging, but data clearly shows drunk and drugged driving remain a devastating problem on Illinois roads,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety. “Getting the word out about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving is a big part of why we do these holiday enforcement crackdowns. Unfortunately, the facts often aren’t enough to get the driving public’s attention. That’s why enforcement is necessary to keep Illinois roads as safe as they can be.”

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sun Times Cheers Ashland BRT Being Shelved; Urges An OHare Express Service And Red, Blue Line Extensions (Chicago Sun Times)

Wrigley Field Concerts Thursday And Saturday Will Bring Parking Restrictions/Street Closures (DNA Chicago)

Two Northwest Side Red Light Cameras On The Way Out (DNA Chicago)

Streetsblog: IDOT Refusing To Release Crash Data (Chicago Streetsblog)

Senior Citizens Arrested For Blocking Michigan Avenue During Protest Over Home Care Funding (DNA Chicago)

Parking In River North Impacted By Empire Filming (Chicago Tribune)

Gas Prices Dropping Across Chicago Area (Chicago Sun Times)

Letter: No Surprise We Are Ripped Off At Pumps (Daily Herald)