Monthly Archives: March 2017

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.

Red-Light Changes Nowhere Near Enough, Alderman Says; Yellow Lights Still Too Short - Chicago Sun-Times

Streetsblog, Active Transportation Alliance Both Drink City Hall Kool-Aid, Completely Buying Into CDOT Junk-Science Study On Chicago Red Light Cameras — A 104 Page Collection Of CDOT Alternative Facts, Fake News And Plain Old Bullcrap On Traffic Safety - Chicago StreetsblogActive Transportation AllianceNever Trust CDOT To Tell The Truth On Traffic Safety; See The National Motorists Association Website For A Collection Of Real Science Studies On The Safety Myth Of Red Light Cameras

City Will Harass Commuters With New West Loop Morning Parking Ban - DNA Chicago

Cyclists Have Never Ending Demands For Pet Projects, But Never Want To Pay For Them - Urban Milwaukee

Hypocrisy Alert: Streetsblog Demands Full Enforcement Of The Law For Drivers, But Wants No Bike Law Enforcement For South, West Side (Or Anywhere Else For That Matter) - Chicago Streetsblog

Streetsblog’s Latest Dumbass Idea: Let CTA Scofflaws Skip Out On Fares — Leaving The Honest Riders, Taxpayers, And The Perennially Bankrupt CTA Holding The Bag For Lost Revenue - Chicago Reader

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 20th, 2017.


conic Rock And Roller, Chuck Berry – Singer Of Classic Car Tune‘Maybellene’, Dies At 90 - New York TimesSong Made Our List Of Top 50 Car Or Driving Themed Songs Ever

Here’s Where Red-Light Cameras Are Being Installed, Removed - DNA Chicago; Note That CDOT Will Be Targeting Downtown With Six New Cameras; And Surprise, Surprise: THE CAMERAS THAT ARE BEING REMOVED DID NOTHING TO REDUCE CRASHES, AND ACTUALLY CAUSED MORE REAR-END CRASHES!

Red Light Rules Change As City Relaxes Time Allowed To Run A Light - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-Times

The Second City: Love Advice For A Chicago Red Light Camera - Redeye

The Latest Laughable Justification For Letting Bikers Ignore Red Lights, Stop Signs - Bicycling

Pyke: Answers To Questions About New Illinois License Plates, Railroad Crossing Safety - Chicago Daily Herald

Neighbors’ Traffic, Parking Concerns Raised Over Jefferson Park Project - DNA Chicago

Project With 16 Apartments, 16 Parking Spaces, Near Montrose And Cicero, Granted Final Approval, Despite Neighbors’ Traffic And Parking Concerns - DNA Chicago

Jefferson Park Car Haters Plan Nonsense Protests Over Parking Spaces For September - Nadig Newspapers

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, March 17th, 2017.

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY!! Two Years Ago, The Drivers Side Column Began Appearing In The Expired Meter. On March 19, 2015, The Very First Drivers Side First Column Debuted, Featuring News Regarding Red Light Cameras –  An Issue That Is Still Making News Today. Thank You For Your Loyal Readership Over These Past Two Years. We Hope You Have Enjoyed Our Daily Recaps, Retorts, And Rants, On The Issues Affecting Drivers In Chicago And Elsewhere. As Always, Your Feedback Is Always Welcome And Encouraged.

Toronto Is Considering A Sale Of Its Parking Meters - Toronto Star; Someone Tell Them How That Deal Turned South For Chicago

Illinois Seat Belt Bill Sparking Debate - Fox Illinois

Last Call For Common Sense: No Drinking Before 21 At Restaurants - Chicago Tribune

Police Department Will Soon Provide Real-Time Crash Data to CDOT - Chicago StreetsblogBut Don’t Expect CDOT To Tell The Truth About Accidents

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

Kamin: On Further Review, Illinois’ New License Plates Even Worse - Chicago Tribune

DUI Crackdown Coming To South Side For Second Weekend In A Row - DNA Chicago

New Loop ‘L’ Stop Construction To Shut Down Wabash Avenue Traffic, Reroute Loop ‘L’ Trains, On St. Patrick’s Day Weekend - DNA Chicago

Lane Closures Scheduled For Weekend On Jane Addams Tollway - Chicago Sun-Times

City Releases More Details About The Upcoming Vision Zero War On Cars - Chicago Streetsblog

Ideas For Safer Biking On Chicago Street - Chicagoist; Dibs For Bikers - Chainlink

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

Congressman Lipinski Ponders Self Driving Car Regulation - Chicago Tribune

Extra DUI Patrols Will ‘Saturate’ River North For St. Patrick’s Day: Police - DNA Chicago

Chicago Other Cities Shop For $10 Billion Of Electric Cars To Defy Trump - Crain’s Chicago Business

City Rolling Out New Loading Zone Charges To Gouge Businesses For Truck Deliveries - Chicago Tribune

While Fingerprint Checks Remain Gold Standard For Ride-Share Companies - The HillChicago Gives Uber (And Principal Investor/Rahm’s Brother Ari Emanuel) A Free Pass

After Tuesday Lake Effect Snowstorm, Widow, Seniors Get Help Shoveling Snow From My Block My Hood My City - DNA Chicago

Canadian Pacific In Battle With Illinois Over Use Of Railroad’s Yard Next To O’Hare For Highway Project - Trains

Chicago Anti-Trump March Set For April 15 - Chicago Tribune

CTA Construction To Cause Lane Closure On Dan Ryan - Chicago Sun-Times

CTA Trying To Cram The $600M Belmont Flyover Boondoggle Down The Neighborhood’s Throat - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 14th, 2017.

Mother Nature Brings Belated Blizzard Bitch-Slap — Lake Effect Mid-March Snow Blankets Chicago, Causing Mess For Roads, Trains And Airports - CBS 2 ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChicago Daily HeraldDNA ChicagoChicagoist; 1920 Video Shows How Chicago Dealt With Snowstorms Nearly 100 Years Ago - DNA Chicago; 7 Injured In 35 Car Pileup On Icy Kennedy Expressway - Chicago Tribune; Baby Girl Born On Lake Shore Drive Amid Snowstorm Traffic Delays - DNA ChicagoChicago Tribune; Road Salt Piling Up Even As March Snowstorm Hits - Chicago Tribune; Clearing The Snow Off My Driveway In 20 Easy Steps - Chicago Now; Ooops — Convertible ‘Completely Full Of Snow’ After Top Left Down During Snowstorm - DNA Chicago

Are You Sharing An I-PASS Transponder — Tollway Might Penalize You If It’s Missing - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Illinois Bill Would Let Kids Drink With Parents – What Could Go Wrong - Chicago Sun-Times

Pace Buses May Soon Use Jane Addams Tollway Shoulder For Express Service - Active Transportation Alliance

Chicago Law Firm Focuses On Legal Aspects Of Ride-Sharing, Including Insurance Coverage - Chicago Tribune

Hit And Run Victims Often Get Little Help - Chicago Reader

Driver Attacks Cyclist During Road Rage Fight In Logan Square, Police Say - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Has Terminal Temper Tantrum, Cyclist Sense Of Entitlement Meltdown, When Broke State Of Illinois Delays Funding For A Bike Bridge - Streetsblog Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 13th, 2017.

Chicago Red Light Camera Bribery Prosecutor Resigns At Request Of Trump Administration - Chicago Tribune

Drivers Beware: City Stepping Up Enforcement Of Cars Blocking Bike Lanes - Chicago Tribune

Late Winter Snow Snarls Chicago Road Traffic, Cancels Flights - ABC 7 Chicago; It’s The Law: Shovel Your Sidewalk By 10 P.M. Or Risk A $500 Fine - DNA Chicago; The History of ‘Dibs’: Did It Begin in Chicago - DNA Chicago

Emanuel To Unveil Plan To Eliminate Traffic Deaths - CBS 2 Chicago

CDOT: Rauner Plays Politics With Chicago Infrastructure Funds - CBS 2 Chicago

Repairs Planned For 115th Street Bridge Over Bishop Ford - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Bill Seeks Stiffer Sentences for Impaired Wrong-Way Drivers - U.S. News And World Report

New Ids Foster Communication Between Drivers With Disabilities, Police - Chicago Daily Herald

No Accountability For Driver Who Hit Active Trans Staffer - Active Transportation Alliance

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, March 10th, 2017.

How The Chicago River Is Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day - Chicago Tribune

Daylight Saving This Sunday — Change The Clock In Your Car, Or It Will Drive You Nuts Until You Do; And Check Your Car For Recalls Too -

While Illinois Fiscally Implodes, Legislators Debate Which Highway To Name After Obama - Curbed Chicago

Surprise - It’s Legal To Cross The Bike Lane In Order To Parallel Park - Chainlink

Residents Divided Over Proposed New Evanston Bike Lane - Evanston Now

Aldermen Want To ‘Put A Brake’ On Gentrification Along The 606 - Chicago Tribune; What’s Up With The 20,000 Flags Installed Along The 606 - DNA Chicago

In Uptown, Construction Of The $200M Wilson Station Boondoggle Strangles Local Small Business, While Affordable Housing Is Hot Issue For Residents - DNA Chicago

Shortened Streeterville Hotel Project Cleared For Takeoff Including Controversial Porte Cochere Covered Driveway - Curbed Chicago

2 New Transit Oriented Developments Proposed For Bucktown - Curbed Chicago

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

Engineers Give America’s Infrastructure A Near Failing Grade - CNBC; Illinois Infrastructure Barely Gets A Passing Grade - Crain’s Chicago Business; Fix Illinois Bridges — And Fix How We Pay For The Work - Chicago Tribune

Enforcement Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban Depends On The Neighborhood - WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago

Wednesday’s High Winds Damaged Cars, Brought Down Power Lines On Roads, Knocked Out Traffic Signals, Delayed Metra Trains - Chicago TribuneChicago TribuneCBS 2 Chicago

Arlington Heights Officials Use Aerial Bucket Truck To Rescue Duck From Kite String, High Winds - Chicago Daily Herald

St. Patrick’s Day: A Guide To The Parade, Dyeing The River Green & Where To Watch - Chicago Now; Extra Commuter Service For St. Pat’s Day, But No Booze On Metra - Chicago Sun-Times

Streetsbloggers Whine About How Drivers Parking In Their Own Private Driveway Are Somehow Violating The Sanctity Of The Public Street - Chicago StreetsblogPreviously, These Same Holier-Than-Thou Hypocrites Applauded A So-Called Activist’s Moronic And Illegal Street Blockade That Posed A Real Traffic Hazard

Women More Likely To Be Killed In Bicycle Crashes Than Men, Officials Say - DNA Chicago

Seat Belts on School Buses Bill Passes House Committee - Fox Illinois

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

Life Under The City’s ‘Structurally Deficient’ Bridges - DNA Chicago

Philadelphia Adopts Vision Zero Plan WITHOUT A New York Style One Size Fits All Citywide Speed Limit Cramdown; Draft Plan Recommends Tailored Speed Zones Instead - Philadelphia Inquirer; Will Chicago’s Vision Zero Plan Follow That Model

Cyclists Sulking Over Slip ‘N Slide Sheet-Metal Section Of Chicago Street - Chicago Streetsblog

Vehicle Damaged, But No Injuries Reported When Glass Falls From Loop Building On Dearborn Street — Incident Closes Dearborn For Investigation And Cleanup, Buses Rerouted - Chicago Sun-Times

Dispute Over $2M In State Funding Halts 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge Project - Chicago Tribune

How To Dig A 1-Mile Tunnel Under The North Side Of Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Mt. Greenwood Citgo Station That Sold Bad Gas Closed, New Owners Expected This Summer - DNA Chicago