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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 28th, 2017

RIP To Chicago Icon Hugh Hefner – Who Got His Honorary Street Sign In 2000

Watch Out: New Red-Light Cameras Coming To Jefferson Park This Week - DNA Chicago

Study: Traffic In U.S. Cities Will Cost Commuters Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars Over The Next Decade - Denver Post

Lake Shore Drive/Stevenson Ramp Project Finally Nearing The End - DNA Chicago

Madigan May Be Planning To Violate The Illinois Lockbox Amendment, Which Makes It Illegal For Any Unit Of Government To Raid Funds Intended To Be Used On Transportation Projects — Madigan Reportedly Wants To Take $100 Million From IDOT Construction Funds And Funnel It To The Obama Museum - NBC 5 Chicago

Chicago Attorney Launches Parking-Ticket Resistance Campaign Online, Alleging Inadequate Notice Of Street Cleaning - ABA Journal

Instead Of Budget Reform, AlderDope Ray Lopez Wants City To Fix Its Fiscal Woes With More Tickets For Parking, Snow Shoveling Violations - Chicago Sun-Times

Don’t Drive On Marathon Day Next Sunday — Chicago Marathon Viewing Areas Easily Accessible CTA - NBC 5 Chicago

Streetsblog Pushing More Traffic Choking Bike Lanes For Already Congested Streets in Edgewater - Chicago Streetsblog; Shouldn’t New Bike Lanes Be Built In Areas That Have Zero Bike Lanes, Or Is Streetsblog Just Paying Lip Service To Concerns Over Bike Lane Equity

‘The Bridges Of Cook County’: See The Chicago Fall Bridge Lift Schedule: Schedule Runs September Through November, Wednesday And Saturday Mid-Mornings - Chicago Loop Bridges

Chicagoans Better Take A Hard And Wary Look At Any Deal To Woo Amazon - Chicago Sun-Times; City’s Keeping A Lid On Amazon Bidders. Is That Smart - Crain’s Chicago Business

Rogers Park Target, Apartments Project Gets Construction Permits To Build On Parking Lot Site - DNA Chicago

River North Tower To Be Built Above Existing Parking Garage - Curbed Chicago

4 Historic West Side Properties Up For Grabs, Including Parking Garage With Space For 1,150 Vehicles - Curbed Chicago

CPD Officer Post Photo Of Himself Holding The American Flag In Front Of His Police Car, To Show Support For National Anthem - Chicagoist

‘Chinatown Is Beautiful’ Event Will Let Residents Rethink Their Streets - DNA Chicago

Fulton Market Harvest Fest This Weekend; Lincoln Square Apple Fest This Weekend

64th Street Mural Project Needs Painters Saturday - DNA Chicago

Wicker Building Sells For $2.9 Million, ‘Tree Of Life’ Mural To Stay - DNA Chicago

What The Corner Of Diversey And California Looked Like In 1910 - DNA Chicago

UK Prime Minister May Slams Chicago-Based Boeing For Undermining Partnership - Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: No, For Now, To Tax-Funded Bridge In Wheeling - Chicago Daily Herald

Bus Driver Shortage Poses Challenges To School Districts - Chicago Tribune

Route 120 Work In Hainesville, Grayslake Set To Begin - Chicago Daily Herald

Rahm Grandstand With Equifax Lawsuit That Stands Little Chance Of Significant Recovery - Chicago Sun-Times

Crookwinkle Avoids Primary Challenge From Pop Tax Opponent Richard Boykin - Chicago Tribune; Sweetened Beverage Tax Said To Have Soured Cook County On Democrats - North Cook News; The Numbers Are In: Cook County Beverage Sales Continue To Decline, Consumer Flight And Resident Outrage Grows - Lawndale News; Toni Preckwinkle’s Soda Tax Spiral - Chicago Magazine; EDITORIAL: Don’t Blame Big Soda For The Beverage Tax Backlash - Chicago Tribune

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Illinois’ Forced Public Employee Union Fees Case - Illinois News Network

Madigan Couldn’t Be Both Speaker And Party Chairman Under Proposed Legislation - Illinois News Network

Tax Foundation: IL Would Still Have To Compete With Other States If Federal Tax Reform Happens - Illinois News Network

Illinois Lawmakers Stampede For The Exit - Illinois News Network

In Logan Square, Man Fleeing Shooting Crashes Stolen Car, Police Say - DNA Chicago

Man Released Without Charges After Carjacking In Gold Coast - Chicago Sun-Times

CPD Officer’s Attorney In Dash cam Video Shooting Case Can Stay On Case, Poses No Conflict, Judge Rules - DNA Chicago

Editorial: The Public’s Right To Know About A Violent Traffic Stop Incident In Aurora - Chicago Tribune

Juvenile Faces Multiple Charges In Lake County Vehicle Burglaries And Auto Theft - Chicago Daily Herald

State Police Investigate Shooting On I-57 Near Posen - Chicago Sun-Times

Drive By Shooting In Parkway Gardens On S. King Drive Injures Man, Woman - Chicago Sun-Times

70-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck By Van In South Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times

Family Of Florida Man Killed In I-57 Crash Suing Trucker - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Dies Following Crash In Unincorporated McHenry County - Chicago Sun-Times

2nd Person Dies After Fiery Semi Crash Along I-80 Near Joliet - Chicago Tribune

7 Taken To Hospitals After Northbrook School Bus Crash, Officials Say - Chicago Tribune

Interstate Reopens After Hazardous Materials Fire In Portage, Indiana - U.S. News & World Report

White Powder Found On Red Line Train, Closing Addison CTA Stop - DNA Chicago

Girl, 14, Shot While Standing At Bus Stop In Calumet Heights - DNA Chicago

Person Struck By Metra BNSF Train Between Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale - Chicago Sun-Times

Man In Critical Condition After Metra Train Strikes Car In Lake Barrington - Chicago Daily Herald

If Metra Wants To Raise Fares, It Should Learn To Collect Them First - Chicago Tribune

Mormon Missionaries Use Bikes To Spread Their Message - Chicago Reader

California Judge Finds That The State Attorney General Drafted A Misleading Summary Of An Anti-Gas Tax Ballot Measure - The Newspaper

Too Broke To Drive: States Have Trapped Millions Of Americans In Crippling Debt By Taking Away Their Driver’s Licenses. Can The Damage Be Undone - Slate

MO City Accused Of Extortion After Driver Forced To Pay Extra Fee For Speeding Ticket - CBS 4 St. Louis

Libertarians Upset After Trump Abandons Private Sector Infrastructure Ideas - Reason

Editorial: What Trump Finally Got Right About Infrastructure - Forbes

Monetising Time Savings Makes Toll Roads Financially Stack Up According To A New Study - Phys.org

Feds Move Forward On Asking States To Track Car Emissions - Washington Post

Transportation Dept. Grants Puerto Rico $40M For Road, Bridge Repair - The Hill

U.S. Senators Announce Deal On Self-Driving Car Legislation - Reuters

Coalition Opposes Federal Regulation Requiring Trucks To Be Equipped With Electronic Logging Devices - The Trucker

Bendix Touts New Driver Assist, Safety Features For Trucks - Trucking Info

Dyson Is Investing Billions In Building A Radically Different Electric Car - Digital Trends

Tech Companies Grab Driver’s Seat for Robo-Car Future - Bloomberg

Waymo Seeks Closed Courtroom For Much Of Uber Slef-Drive Tech Trial - San Francisco Chronicle; Judge Says Uber Can Tell Jury Waymo’s Lawsuit Is A Sham - Courthouse News

Ex-Engineer In Ongoing Legal Battle Over Autonomous Driving Technology Files Paperwork To Create His Own Church, Based On Artificial Intelligence - The Verge

BMW’s New Wireless Pad Recharges EV Batteries Like A Sonicare Toothbrush - Inhabitat

BMW To Bring Alexa To Its Cars Starting In 2018 - Tech Crunch

Tesla: 32 Million Cars On The Road By 2040 - Barron’s

Fiat Chrysler To Engage In Settlement Talks Over Diesel Emissions - Auto News

Buying A Vehicle At CarMax? Watch For Recalled Takata Airbags - Bloomberg

Uber Is Shutting Down Its Xchange Vehicle Leasing Business - Tech Crunch

Uber Switches Gears To Fight UK Workers’ Rights Appeal - Tech Crunch

Uber Competitor Lyft Has Taken Its First Concrete Step Toward An IPO - Business Insider

6 Of The 10 Fastest-Selling Used Cars In The US Are Electric Plug-Ins - Electrek

Trump Temporarily Lifts Jones Act To Bolster Puerto Rico Relief - The Hill; McCain, Other GOP Senators Call For Repeal - The HillThe Hill

House Passes FAA Extension With Hurricane Tax Relief - The Hill; Senate Passes FAA Extension Without Flood Insurance Provision - The Hill; House Sends FAA Extension To Trump?s Desk With Hurricane Tax Relief - The Hill

Woman Deathly Allergic To Dogs Forcibly Pushed Off Plane, And Twitter Has No Sympathy - Mashable

Saudi Minister Says Adding Women Drivers Will Reduce Car Crashes - Business Insider; Saudi Woman Who Fought For Right To Drive Prepares For Her Next Battle - Auto Blog

Airbus And HAX Create An Accelerator Program For Flying Taxi Tech - Tech Crunch

Volocopter Drone Taxi Went Through First Public Testing In Dubai - Edgy Labs

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

  1. Jeff says:

    Madigan May Be Planning To Violate The Illinois Lockbox Amendment, Which Makes It Illegal For Any Unit Of Government To Raid Funds Intended To Be Used On Transportation Projects — Madigan Reportedly Wants To Take $100 Million From IDOT Construction Funds And Funnel It To The Obama Museum – NBC 5 Chicago
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    Madigan may get a rude surprise from the General Assembly if he tries to steal road funds

  2. Jeff says:

    Chicago Attorney Launches Parking-Ticket Resistance Campaign Online, Alleging Inadequate Notice Of Street Cleaning – ABA Journal
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    Could this be the next ticket class action that the City ends up settling for millions

  3. Jeff says:

    Instead Of Budget Reform, AlderDope Ray Lopez Wants City To Fix Its Fiscal Woes With More Tickets For Parking, Snow Shoveling Violations – Chicago Sun-Times
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    If the city hires 50 ticket writers, the city would have to write AND COLLECT 5 million dollars in tickets before it would even begin to break even.

  4. Drew says:

    Jeff,

    Street Operations Staff would Love It if every ward erected permanent metal signs for the 9am to 12/1/2/3pm Street Cleaning in all 50 Wards. One of the problems with getting those signs up is that apparently the City requires the wards to be able to complete their monthly sweeping of he ward within the month. And they won’t allow scheduled sweeping on the weekends. So that cuts the days eligible to sweep to about 22 days on the average.

    Some wards that Can do it are getting shot down by Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee when they requested a Special Ordinance to allow the implemtation of the permanent signs. Other wards are just to darn big, like the 41st Ward, which has to sweep 2 grids every day of the week and has 32 (I think off hand) grids.

    For the Temp Sign placement issue, sign hangers spend their day taking down the previous days signs as well as hanging the signs for the next day. For Tuesday through Friday sweeping days, the info I have is that the signs are to be posted before the end of the sign hangers shift. For a Monday sweep, the signs have to be posted by the end of the shift on the previous Friday. Not having been a sign hanger for that department, I have no idea what the shift start and end Time is.

    One point though about the Street Cleaning signs, whether Temporary or Permanent: Legally, only 1 sign per side of the street per Block (intersection to intersection) is all that is required. Finance PEAs however will only usually enforce a whole block if there are 2 visible Temp signs since the majority of Metal Permanent signs are double sided and attached to permanent metal poles like the street lights are on.

    The person in the news story doesn’t state what ward the Street Cleaning ticket was issued in, only that he didn’t see Temp Signs when he rode his bike past his car. Did he check the entire block on the side of the street he was parked on?

    Rush Hour: 1 sign per block
    Street Cleaning: 1 sign per block

    All other Temporary Time Restricton parking ban signs have to have multiple signs to designate the location of the parking ban, like a School Zone or a Standing Zone or a Loading Zone or a HCP Zone that isn’t 24/7, etc…

  5. Drew says:

    In regards to Alderman Lopez…

    Parking Enforcement would be so much easier if it wasn’t for the politicians. They will beg for Enforcement of Violation X one week, and then 2 weeks later they will bemoan all the complaints they are getting because of the Enforcement of Violation Y and B.

    Some wards are complaining Daily about Commercial Vehicles or Taxi Cabs. Other wards whine when we enforce the Non-Resident Pickup Truck ban.

    As for the “quality of life” violations, each Ward already has a Person that can issue these tickets, its the Ward Superintendent. They can issue ANOVs and Parking tickets. But they rarely do it. The most I see from my ward super is that he will enforce Street Cleaning if the Finance PEA isn’t seen by the sweeper by 9:30am in the sweeping grid for the day.

    The Alderman want a Ticket writer assigned By the City to do these tickets but doesn’t want his Ward Superintendent doing it since the Alderman personally gets to pick the person for that job.

  6. Jeff says:

    In regards to Alderman Lopez…

    Parking Enforcement would be so much easier if it wasn’t for the politicians. They will beg for Enforcement of Violation X one week, and then 2 weeks later they will bemoan all the complaints they are getting because of the Enforcement of Violation Y and B.

    Some wards are complaining Daily about Commercial Vehicles or Taxi Cabs. Other wards whine when we enforce the Non-Resident Pickup Truck ban.

    As for the “quality of life” violations, each Ward already has a Person that can issue these tickets, its the Ward Superintendent. They can issue ANOVs and Parking tickets. But they rarely do it. The most I see from my ward super is that he will enforce Street Cleaning if the Finance PEA isn’t seen by the sweeper by 9:30am in the sweeping grid for the day.

    The Alderman want a Ticket writer assigned By the City to do these tickets but doesn’t want his Ward Superintendent doing it since the Alderman personally gets to pick the person for that job.
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    Drew

    You nailed it – this suggestion from Ald Lopez is all about ward politics as usual

  7. Jeff says:

    Jeff,

    Street Operations Staff would Love It if every ward erected permanent metal signs for the 9am to 12/1/2/3pm Street Cleaning in all 50 Wards. One of the problems with getting those signs up is that apparently the City requires the wards to be able to complete their monthly sweeping of he ward within the month. And they won’t allow scheduled sweeping on the weekends. So that cuts the days eligible to sweep to about 22 days on the average.

    Some wards that Can do it are getting shot down by Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee when they requested a Special Ordinance to allow the implemtation of the permanent signs. Other wards are just to darn big, like the 41st Ward, which has to sweep 2 grids every day of the week and has 32 (I think off hand) grids.

    For the Temp Sign placement issue, sign hangers spend their day taking down the previous days signs as well as hanging the signs for the next day. For Tuesday through Friday sweeping days, the info I have is that the signs are to be posted before the end of the sign hangers shift. For a Monday sweep, the signs have to be posted by the end of the shift on the previous Friday. Not having been a sign hanger for that department, I have no idea what the shift start and end Time is.

    One point though about the Street Cleaning signs, whether Temporary or Permanent: Legally, only 1 sign per side of the street per Block (intersection to intersection) is all that is required. Finance PEAs however will only usually enforce a whole block if there are 2 visible Temp signs since the majority of Metal Permanent signs are double sided and attached to permanent metal poles like the street lights are on.

    The person in the news story doesn’t state what ward the Street Cleaning ticket was issued in, only that he didn’t see Temp Signs when he rode his bike past his car. Did he check the entire block on the side of the street he was parked on?

    Rush Hour: 1 sign per block
    Street Cleaning: 1 sign per block

    All other Temporary Time Restricton parking ban signs have to have multiple signs to designate the location of the parking ban, like a School Zone or a Standing Zone or a Loading Zone or a HCP Zone that isn’t 24/7, etc…
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    Drew

    UNtil there is some predictability on street sweeping, a decent lawyer can make a case on notice. Other cities seem to be able to do a better job so perhaps Chicago should see how this works elsewhere.

  8. Drew says:

    I agree that a decent case can be made about notice.

    But unless the particular City Committee passes a mandatory minimum “Must Be Posted By X Time” language into the Street Cleaning Ordinance, it is a huge shot in the dark.

  9. Jeff says:

    Drew

    That’s the point – if the city ordinance does not provide for notice to be given a certain reasonable time in advance, that would be grounds to challenge the ordinance.

  10. Jeff says:

    Drew:

    Here is the relevant section of the Municipal Code on street sweeping/sign posting:
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    9-64-040 Temporary and permanent signs – Street cleaning.
    (a) For the purpose of facilitating street cleaning, the commissioner of streets and sanitation is authorized to post temporary signs and the commissioner of transportation is authorized to erect and maintain permanent signs, designating the day or days of the week and hours of the day and the part of the street or streets in which the parking of vehicles is prohibited because of such street cleaning and to further designate such street or streets as “tow zones”.
    (b) It shall be a violation of this section, and shall subject the violator to the fine set forth in Section 9-100-020, to park any vehicle on any street in violation of a sign posted, erected or maintained pursuant to this section.
    (c) Where signage has been posted or erected pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner of streets and sanitation is authorized to tow any vehicle parked in such designated portion of the public way to an authorized facility or, if practical, to the nearest lawful parking space or to move the vehicle temporarily during such street cleaning.
    (d) No towing or storage fees shall be assessed in those instances in which a vehicle is towed to an authorized facility pursuant to this section, unless the sign posted or erected pursuant to subsection (a) of this section has been in place for 24 hours.
    ————————————

    The ordinance does not say anything about how long a sign must be posted before ticketing starts. This could be part of a potential legal challenge.

  11. Andrew Petersen says:

    And it could be grounds to dismiss a legal challenge. Since Currently the ordinance does not have a minimum guideline, the only thing a legal challenge could potentially succeed in would be getting a minimum time put into the Ordinance.

    Knowing the way that Burnett and Mell and Silverstein think (they are on the Pedestrian/Traffic Safety Committee): the time limit would be 12 hours before sweeping was scheduled to begin.

    In other words, by 9pm to sweep the next morning at 9am.

  12. Andrew Petersen says:

    I’d love to talk to you Mr Geek Mike Brockway.

  13. Jeff says:

    Andrew:

    Any notice period would have to be a reasonable one to withstand court challenge. More likely that a court would see a 12 hour notice period as unreasonable, as opposed to a 48 hour notice period.

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