Monthly Archives: March 2016

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 31st, 2016

STAY OUT OF THE LOOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AS CTU WILL SHUTDOWN TRAFFIC; CTU Illegal Strike/Loop Street Shutdown Friday Playing Against Backdrop Of Financial Disaster – Chicago Tribune; Mad About The Teacher Strike – Then Strike Back – Crains Chicago Business

Street-Sweeping Season Starts Friday; Look-Up Your Address – Chicago Tribune‎

Rahm Makes List Of The 19 Most Disappointing Leaders In The World; McDonald Dashcam Video Shooting Cover-Up Earns Special Recognition As Second Most Breathtakingly Craven Political Move of the Year – Fortune

Is Clark Street The Best Main Street In America – DNA Chicago; Cubs Still Trying To Shut Down Clark Street For So-Called Security Reasons For 81 Plus Game Days A Year

Wrigleyville Traffic High On Neighbors List Of Concerns – DNA Chicago; Cubs Rename All Parking Lots After Toyota Cars – Crains Chicago Business

With Tent City Problems On City Streets, Rahm Sets Up Task Force On Homeless – DNA Chicago

Potholes To Become Works of Art, Artist Says – DNA Chicago

Winter Overnight Parking Ban Ends, Street Cleaning Season Begins

Orange FridaySpring is here!

How do we know?

Because the city’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban is ending and street cleaning season is beginning.

April 1st is the annual date for the end to the prohibition of parking from 3 AM to 7 AM on select main thoroughfares in the city–just in case a big snowstorm strikes.

But it’s also the date city street sweepers begin cleaning the neighborhood streets of Chicago.

Temporary orange paper signs have already sprouted up on blocks across the city and street sweepers will get to work starting at 9 AM sharp Friday. Drivers will need to stay off designated streets until 2 PM or 3PM (depending on the sign) or until the signs are removed by Department of Streets and Sanitation personnel.

If you forget or ignore the signs, a ticket will set you back $60.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

NFL Draft In Chicago Plans Announced; Look For Street Closure Overkill Downtown - DNA Chicago

North Broadway Restaurants Can Stay Open After City Nixes Water Boil Order For Water Main Work - DNA Chicago

The Secret Word For Today Is Chutzpah: Convicted CDOT Deputy Commissioner John Bills Wants Redflex Exec To Pay Bribery Fine - The Newspaper

Public Meeting Reveals CDOT Plans For Latest Intersection Screwup At Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland – Turns Will Be Banned, And New Poorly Designed Bike Lanes Will Further Complicate The Intersection - DNA Chicago

Lincoln Towing Cries No Fair At City Council Hearing On Its License Status - Chicago Sun-TimesDNA Chicago; Police Spent 600 Hours On Lincoln Towing Complaints Last Year: Alderman - DNA Chicago

Hyde Park Businesses Offer Free Parking To Lure Customers - DNA Chicago

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

CTU Illegal Strike Aims To Shut Down Loop Traffic Friday - DNA Chicago; Union Bosses Make Yet Another Two-Fisted Money Grab, For The Salary Of Any Teacher Who Obeys The Law And Reports To Work Friday - Chicago Sun-Times; CPS Lays Out Plans For Students During Teachers Walkout - Chicago Tribune; Commentary: Why We Teach – And Why The CTU Walkout Is A Mistake Chicago Tribune‎

Illinois Trails Other Great Lakes States In Job Growth - Crains Chicago Business

Too Stupid For Words: CDOT Wants To Road Diet Austin Avenue, Because Of An Accident That Involved A DRUNK DRIVER - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Drinks The Kool-Aid On Green Grifter, Junk Science Survey, Claiming That Chicago Has Too Much Residential Parking - Chicago Streetsblog

New Jersey Considers Ticketing Texting Pedestrians

First there was  the movement to stop distracted driver. Now there’s a new push to stop distracting walking.

You know drivers can’t text while driving–at least in most states.

But in New Jersey, a new bill aims to prohibit pedestrians from texting while crossing the street.

The recently introduced bill, according to the Washington Post, would treat distracted walkers like jaywalkers and could face a $50 fine and possible jail time for violating this potential law.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 28th, 2016

CDOT Getting Ready To Turn Another Chicago Intersection Into Permanent Gridlock, This Time At Belmont, Lincoln And Ashland - Chicago Streetsblog; Will It Be Even Worse Than The CDOT Engineered Traffic Jam At Lincoln, Wellington, Southport

2nd Chicago Towing Firm Could Lose Its License, State Warns - Chicago Tribune‎

More Than 130,000 Vehicles Fail State Emissions Tests - Chicago Daily Herald‎

Letter: Stop Wrong-Way Drivers With Spikes On Expressway Ramps - Chicago Daily Herald

Bill Would Permit Speed Cameras In Downstate School Zones - The Expired Meter

Dubious, Methodologically Flawed Study, By Anti-Car Crank Group, Claims That Chicago Apartment Buildings Have A Parking Glut - Chicago Tribune; Then Why Does Every Desirable High Rise On The North Lakefront Have A Years-Long Waiting List For Parking, With Spaces Being Rented Or Sold At Sky-High Prices

Rahm Does End Run Around Police Board To Hand Pick New CPD Head - Chicago Sun-Times; Rahm Fighting To Save His Career - Chicago Sun-Times; Letter: Rahm Touts Shiny New Lakefront Parks, While City Safety Ignored - Chicago Tribune

Daily Herald: Over 130,000 Vehicles Flunk Emissions Test In 2014

air+team+logoNo one enjoys going to get the car emission tested.

If you live in the greater Chicagoland area (or East St. Louis area) and own a car, you are familiar with the chore of taking your vehicle to an Illinois Air Team facility to get its emissions output tested.

Perhaps you’ve faced the drive of shame away from the facility having flunked your emissions test.

The only consolation to soothe the heat in your flushed cheeks is over 130,000 other Illinois drivers also failed their tests in 2014 according to the Daily Herald. 1.9 vehicles took their emissions tests in 2014, which means that only 7% of tested vehicles fail.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, March 25th, 2016

Pension Ruling Will Cost Chicago Taxpayers Dearly – Crains Chicago Business; On Pensions, Chicago Has No Choice But To Pay A Lot More – Crains Chicago Business‎; Supreme Court Hands Chicago A Pension Reality Check – Chicago Sun-Times; Pension Ruling Another Blow To Chicago Taxpayers And Emanuel – Chicago Tribune; Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Chicago Pension Reform But Opens Door For Other Changes – Illinois Policy Institute; Moodys: Chicago Pension-Reform Ruling Means Increased Financial Pressure, Rapidly Growing Pension Debt – Illinois Policy Institute; Chicago Telephone-Tax Hike Should Be Eliminated In Wake Of Pension Ruling – Illinois Policy Institute

6 Reasons Why Chicago Taxes Will Keep Going Up – Illinois Policy Institute

CTU Head Lewis Tries To Justify Illegal April 1 Strike – Chicago Tonight; CPS To Parents: Best To Make Your Own Plans For April 1 Walkout – Chicago Sun-Times

Unless Chicago Gets Its Act Together On Schools, Finance, It Will See Population Drop Accelerate – Livability; Why Are People Leaving Chicago – DNA Chicago

While Rahm Spends Millions For Bike Paths, Real Needs Of City Go Begging – Beezodogsplace

Lawmaker Wants To Expand Speed Camera Enforcement Statewide

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

In Illinois, there’s only one municipality in the state where speed camera enforcement is allowed–Chicago.

But if a downstate lawmaker gets his way, this invasive species may expand to the entire state of Illinois.

State Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville has proposed legislation to allow speed cameras in any school zone within the state according to the State Journal-Register.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 24th, 2016 

Need Parking – CTA Is Renting Spaces Under The Brown Line - DNA Chicago

Chicago River Drawbridge Testing Underway - Chicago Tribune

Surprise: Uber, Lyft Hate Proposed Ride-Hailing Regulations - Crains Chicago Business

Headline Club to Honor Former Tribune Transportation Columnist Jon Hilkevitch - Robert Feder‎

New Startup To Offer Kiosks For Key Storage - Crains Chicago BusinessWill Chicago Issue Tickets For These Key Storage Boxes, Like They Did For Valet Operators