Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, October 29th, 2015

State Police Warn Drivers Of Stepped Up Halloween Enforcement - The Expired Meter

Halloween In Wicker Park - DNA Chicago; Halloween In The Gold Coast - DNA Chicago; Halloween Events In Lakeview, Halsted Parade At 4 PM -DNA Chicago; West Loopers Show Off Pet Halloween Costumes - DNA Chicago; Lakewood-Balmoral Neighborhood Embraces Halloween -Chicago Tribune; Suburban Halloween Events - Daily Herald; Uber is Delivering Free Costumes and Candy in Chicago Starting Friday - DNA Chicago

CDOT Says Loop BRT Boondoggle Will Not Hide Iconic Miro Sculpture - DNA Chicago

Ald Dowell: Traffic, Parking, Pedestrian Not Addressed By Star Wars Museum Plan - DNA Chicago

Editorial: High-Interest Car Title Loans Driving Consumers Into A Hole - Chicago Sun Times

Tinley Park Facing Lawsuit Over Unpaid $492,000 Ambulance Bill - Chicago Tribune

With Winter Coming, Illinois Municipal League Pushes State To Release Funds For Snow Plowing/Road Salting - Illinois News Network

Growth Is Real At Virtual Trucking Firm - Chicago Sun Times

Battle Lines Form In Decades-Old Fight Over Extending Illinois Route 53 - Chicago Tribune

Halloween Safety Tips For Drivers, Trick Or Treaters

Halloween--Deadliest Day GraphicHalloween may be the most dangerous night of the year for kids.

And not because of all the stomach aches that occur from consuming an overabundance of candy.

No, there are multiple studies that indicate more children are hit by vehicles on October 31st than any other 24 hour period of the year.

So, here are a few tips when you’re out driving on Halloween to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound Wednesday evening.

1-Slow Down

This is the one day or night out of the year that you should drive well below the speed limit–especially in residential neighborhoods where the majority of trick or treating is done.

Look out for kids darting across the street from between parked cars.

2-Be Careful Passing Stopped Vehicles

Before you assume some bonehead is pulled over just to aggravate you, remember, it may be a parent dropping off a bunch of costumed kids. Be extra careful that one doesn’t run in front of your vehicle while passing.

3-Use Your Hazard Lights

If you’re the mom or dad dropping off the kids somewhere, when you pull over to let them out, throw on your hazard lights so other drivers see you pulled over and will hopefully slow down and drive more carefully.

4-Be Extra Vigilant When You See Kids

Look, kids do stupid things. They can’t help it. They don’t look both ways, they dart into the street without looking, they’re easily distracted and tonight, they’re all tweaked from excitement and from all the sugar they’ve ingested. Plus, if the kid has a mask on, they’re vision is impaired as well.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Ride-Hailing Companies Cleared For Airport Pickups - Chicago Sun Times

After Getting Caught Telling Lies About The Need To Shut Down Wilson For Safety Reasons, CDOT Now Says It Has An Obligation To Partially Close The Street For Sign Installation - DNA Chicago

City Plans More Bike Lanes - Chicago Sun Times

Details Of Deal Bears Made With Park District Over Parking Lot - Crains Chicago Business

Group That Pays Hospital Parking Fees For Parents Hits $1 Million Milestone - Chicago Tribune

Lane, Ramp Reduction Scheduled On Eisenhower Starting Friday - Chicago Sun Times

New Lanes Scheduled To Open On Illinois Route 390 Friday - Chicago Sun Times

Crews To Replace Hegewisch Bridge That Was Deemed Unsafe - DNA Chicago

State Police Warn Drivers Of Stepped Up Halloween Enforcement

RIP Halloween headstoneKeep your Halloween revelry off the road–that’s what the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers.

That’s because state and local law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk drivers and motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts this holiday weekend. They’ll be pulling over and arresting any impaired drivers.

“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s the alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers,” said IDOT Director of Traffic Safety Jared Thornley in a press release. “All too often, partygoers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving. Planning for a safe ride home should be part of everyone’s party preparations.”

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Study Shows That Speed Cameras Present Danger Of Panic Braking -

Obama Attends Bulls Game Tuesday Night – So His Motorcade Shuts Down Lake Shore Drive, Congress Parkway, The Eisenhower Expressway, The Jane Byrne Interchange, And Much Of The Near West Side Street Grid, During The Evening Rush Hour; CTA Loop Train Service Also Delayed By Obama Visit - Chicago Tribune

Rainy Wednesday AM Traffic Shitty Everywhere, And Even Obama Is Delayed - DNA Chicago; Lake Shore Drive Resurfacing Work Makes Commute Even Worse - Crains Chicago BusinessDNA Chicago

Streetsblog Revives The Goof Idea Of car Free Streets - Chicago Streetsblog; Maybe They Forgot How This Idea Got Shot Down The Last Time It Was Brought Up

Chicago Area Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend - CBS 2 Chicago

Oak Park Residents To Vote On Eisenhower Noise Walls - Chicago Tribune

President Obama’s Visit Wreaks Havoc On Local Traffic

President Obama’s short visit to Chicago was, unfortunately for many local drivers, a presidential pain in the butt.

Tuesday afternoon, the Kennedy Expressway, in particular near the Jane Byrne Interchange and McCormick Place was a particular nightmare with many on ramps blocked off to allow for the President’s motorcade to travel safely.

But these pre-rush hour closures caused a domino effect to make the evening commute even worse than normal.

Then, later in the evening, a presidential drive to the United Center for the Commander in Chief to see the Bulls first game of the season created traffic chaos on the west side.

The President finally left town Wednesday morning, but not without leaving a wake of traffic havoc for morning commuters according to NBC 5.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

New Uber Ad Targets Long Taxi Lines At OHare – CBS 2 Chicago; Commentary: Taxi Companies Can Survive Uber – Chicago Tribune

Rauner Signs Bill To Phase Out Specialty License Plates – Illinois News Network

2 Aldermen Declare Parts Of Their Wards Off-Limits To Food Carts – Chicago Tribune

Commentary: City Council: Save The Lakefront, Move The Lucas Museum – Chicago Tribune

Rahm-Fail: Apparently No One Did A Background Check On Barbara Jailbird Bennett, Before Rahm Appointed Her To Head CPS – Chicago Sun Times; Opinion: Public Officials, Public Trust: Emanuel Should Release Those Emails – Crains Chicago Business

Opinion: As City Clowncil Prepares For Wednesday Budget/Tax Vote, A Look At Why Tax Hikes Are Not The Answer – Illinois Policy Institute; Opinion: Rahm Emanuel Trades Reform For The Largest Property-Tax Hike In Chicago Modern History – Forbes; Chicago Renters Cannot Afford The Rahm-Tax Hike, Landlords Say – DNA Chicago

Lakeshore East Tower To Have 406 Residences, 205 Hotel Rooms And 346 Parking Spaces – Curbed Chicago

Mundelein To Re-Examine Overnight Parking Rules – Daily Herald

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, October 26th, 2015

Many Teens Knowingly Ride With Drunk Drivers, Survey Finds - U.S. News And World Report

Lake Shore Drive Overnight Lane Closures Continue This Week - Chicago Sun Times

Wilson Avenue Closed Monday Due to Construction - DNA Chicago

Obama Visit Tomorrow - Look For Expressway Closures On Short Notice

Cabbies And Uber Drivers In Shouting Match Before Rahm Agrees To Ride-Hailing Compromise - Chicago Sun Times; Compromise Supposedly Worth $48 Million In City Revenue - DNA Chicago

Letter: Express Buses On Ashland/Western Could Pave Way The Controversial BRT Project - Chicago Tribune

Gabe Klein Cast Himself As The Hero, In His Delusional Recollection Of The Dearborn Bike Lanes - Streetsblog USA

Letter: Motorcycle Racing On City Streets Has To Be Stopped - Chicago Tribune

Protesters Arrested For Blocking Streets Near McCormick Place, Over Police Chiefs Conference - Chicago Tribune

Parking Ticket 101: Don’t Park Your Car With A For Sale Sign

Parking your car with a For Sale sign in the window can turn out to be a lot more expensive than placing a classified ad.

Parking your car with a For Sale sign in the window can turn out to be a lot more expensive than placing a classified ad.

Trying to sell your car?

Whatever you do, don’t park it on a Chicago street with a For Sale sign in the window–lest you risk an expensive $100 parking ticket.

Sure, it sounds a bit excessive, or perhaps an instance of big brother run amok. Allegedly, back in the day, the law was passed to clamp down on car dealers along Western Avenue from using the street as a an additional and free lot to hawk their inventory.

While the original intent of the municipal code may not have been to hassle individual car owners trying to unload an extra vehicle, that’s essentially who bears the brunt of the law in the modern day. Vehicle owners unaware of the law find out the hard and costly way when they come back to their car to find their windows plastered with $100 orange tickets.

9-80-080 Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle upon any roadway for the sole purpose of displaying the vehicle for sale. The vehicle shall be subject to vehicle impoundment under Section 9-92-030(c). Any person that violates this subsection shall be fined $100.00. Each day the vehicle remains in violation of this subsection shall constitute a separate and distinct offense for which a separate penalty shall be imposed.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Illinois Tollway Outlines $1.4 Billion In Construction Projects Next Year - Chicago Tribune

Tollway Board Pressured To Build Or Not Build Route 53 Extension - Daily Herald

Lake Street Bridge To Close For Maintenance This Weekend - Chicago Sun Times

Randolph Street Bridge Closed During Thursday PM Rush Hour After Construction Accident, Snarling West Loop Traffic - DNA Chicago

Is Evanston A Model For Chicago And Its War On Cars/Bureaucratic Command And Control Transportation Policies - Politico; Evanston Anti-Car Campaign Is Killing Weekend Business, Forcing Evanston To Offer Free Parking In City Lots -

Uber and Chicago Urban League Announce 5,000 New Drivers Recruited - DNA Chicago

Opinion: Chicago Aldermen Move To Shackle Rideshare Drivers With Licensing Scheme - Illinois Policy Institute

Report: As Ride Sharing Apps Become More Popular, Questions Of Insurance Coverage Grow - WGN 9 Chicago

Should Chicago Aldermen Get Their Own Residential Permit Parking Placard - Chicago Sun Times