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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 16th, 2016

Turn Off, Tear Down Red Light Cameras, And Come Up With Better Ways Of Protecting City Motorists - Chicago Now

Ravenswood Manor Residents Up In Arms Over CDOT Traffic Barricade - DNA Chicago

With New Transit Study, Watch Out For City Hall/CDOT To Try Again To Force Unwanted Bike Lanes And Road Diets On Jefferson Park Residents - DNA Chicago

Opinion: Chicago?s Proposed Ban of Self-Driving Cars Is Dangerous and Protectionist - Reason

Sox Game Parking Ban On Side Streets Extended For Concerts, Other Events - DNA Chicago

Is Pokemon Go Over, As Drivers, Bikers, Pedestrians Glued To Their Phones Run Into Danger - Chicago Tribune

DUI Patrols This Weekend On Near West Side, Wicker Park - DNA Chicago

Lessons Of Chicago Parking Meter Fiasco May Derail DC Parking Deal - Huffington Post

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Streetsblog Can’t Understand Why Taxpaying Drivers In Ravenswood Manor Are Opposed To A CDOT Proposal To Ban Drivers From Using Their Own Neighborhood Streets, To Appease Car-Hating NIMBY Whiners - Chicago Streetsblog; More On CDOT’s Idiotic Traffic Barricade Plan - Ravenswood Manor News;SIGN THE PETITION OPPOSING CDOT’S LATEST ANTI-CAR BOONDOGGLE - CHANGE.ORG

Your Daily Does Of Irony – London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Defender Of Vicious Anti-Semite Louis FarrahkanLectures Chicago About Tolerance - Chicago Tribune

Census Data Says Chicago Sees Decrease In Commuters Driving To Work Alone - Curbed ChicagoDoes This Mean That Those With Good Jobs And Cars Are Leaving Chicago

The Urban Cycling Movement Is At Best Myopic - Beeezodogsplace

Wrigleyville Braces For Cubs Clincher With Police, Tow Trucks - DNA Chicago

Congressman Danny Davis: Rauner Should Have Signed Bill For Automatic Voter Registration At Drivers License Offices - Chicago Sun-Times

Driver Charged In Gresham Crash That Critically Injured Girl - Chicago Tribune; Neighbors Want Traffic Signals, But Hard To See How They Would Have Stopped This Or Any Other Drunk Driver - CBS 2 Chicago

Family Of Sandra Bland, A Black Naperville Woman Who Died In A Texas Jail Cell After A Traffic Stop, Has Reached A $1.9 Million Settlement In A Wrongful-Death Suit - Chicago Sun-Times

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Emanuel Gets Green-Light For Red-Light Camera Do-Over - Chicago Sun-Times

Aldermen Want To Ban Driverless Cars In Pre-Emptive Strike - Chicago Sun-Times

CDOT Now Has To Make A Video Explaining Its ‘Anarchy On Argyle’ Streetscape Fiasco - DNA Chicago; Looks Like This Monstrosity Might Someday Go The Way Of The State Street Mall

Belmont Flyover Sore Point For Many At CTA TIF Meeting - Chicago Tribune‎

CTA Tries To Save Loop Link Slow Bus Failure With New Prepaid Boarding System - DNA ChicagoChicago Streetsblog

CDOT Doubles Down On Bike Lane Boondoggles, Despite The Traffic Gridlock They Create, And Despite The Fact They Haven’t Improved Safety For Bikers -Chicago Streetsblog

Chicago Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Suit Against Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer, Alleging He Violated A Federal Drivers Privacy Law By Buying Traffic Crash Reports - Cook County Record

DUI Defense Argument Up Before Illinois Supreme Court - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Toby Willis, Father Of TLC’s ‘Willis Family,’ Whose 6 Other Siblings Were Killed In Infamous Wisconsin Highway Crash That Brought Down Illinois Governor George Ryan, Arrested On Child Rape Charges - Chicago Tribune‎

Missed-Tolls Grace Period Extended Due To Computer Glitches - Chicago Daily Herald‎

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

100th Street Bridge Closes For Repairs On Monday - Chicago Sun-Times

Steinberg: Union Station Falling Down On Commuters’ Heads - Chicago Sun-Times

You Can Now Book An Uber In Chicago A Month In Advance - Chicago Tribune‎

Lower The Rates, And Get The Trucks Off Our Streets. - Chicago Sun-Times

Northbrook-Based Allstate Sees Unrivaled Chance For Wealth Creation In Transport - Chicago Daily Herald‎

Study Suggest Lower Parking Requirements For Evanston - Chicago Tribune

Evanston Debates Whether To Backpedal On Protected Bike Lanes - CBS 2 Chicago; Some Bollards May Be Removed - Evanston Now

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, September 12th, 2016

Former Redflex Consultant Martin O’Malley Gets Six Months In Prison For Passing Along Chicago Red-Light Camera Bribes - Chicago Sun-Times

Aldermen Authorize Do-Over For Red-Light And Speed Cam Tickets - Chicago Sun-Times

Red-Light Cameras Limit Some Crashes, Cause Others – But All Collect Revenue - Illinois News Network

Should State Keep Road Money In A ‘Lockbox’ - Chicago Daily Herald; Illinois Drivers Need The Safe Roads Amendment - Chicago Tribune

Tollway Website Experiencing Technical Difficulties - Chicago Daily Herald‎

Letter: Governor Should Stop Tollway’s Wasteful Spending - Chicago Daily Herald

Tribune: ‘Shared Street’ On Argyle Is Off To Bumpy Start - Chicago TribuneChicago Streetsblog

Lane Closings For Downtown Street Work Begin Monday - Chicago Sun-Times

Streets To Close Monday Near Grant Park For Filming Of TV Show - Chicago Sun-Times; ‘Death Wish’ Remake Will Include Scene On Chicago River - Loop North News

Reagan Tollway Overnight Lane, Ramp Closings Start Monday - Chicago Sun-Times

Drivers, Bus Riders, And Pedestrians All Accept That Construction Brings Street/Lane Closures And Detours, As Part Of City Life; But Special Snowflake Cyclists Are Up In Arms That This Also Applies To Their Bike Lanes - Chicago Tribune

Streetsbloggers Have Their Panties In A Bunch, Over Tribune Articles Calling On Both Drivers And Bikers To Follow The Rules Of The Road - Chicago Streetsblog; Once Again, Streetsblog Is Factually Challenged On Bike Issues - Beezodogsplace

Bikers Ignore Their Own Bad Behavior - Beezodogsplace

As Evanston City Council Meets On Monday, Streetsblog, Active Transportation Alliance Try To Spin The Safety Arguments Raised Against The New Protected Bike Lanes On Dodge Avenue In Evanston - Active Transportation Alliance; Undoing Dodge Bike Lanes Would Cost Nearly $1 Million - Evanston Now

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 9th, 2016

SUNDAY IS THE 15TH ANNIVERSAY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TERRORIST ATTACK; Take A Moment That Day To Mark The Occasion – Including A Thank You To The Hundreds of Chicago Firefighters Who Drove Straight To New York On September 11th, And The Hundreds Of Other Illinois First Responders Who Volunteered At Ground Zero In The Following Weeks

Emanuel To Let 1.5 Million Traffic Camera Tickets Be Contested; Refunds No Sure Thing - Chicago Tribune‎

Woman Barred From Running Against Law Clerk Accused Of Posing As Traffic Judge - Chicago Tribune

We Told You So: ‘The Anarchy On Argyle Streetscape’ Has Created So Much Confusion Over Traffic Flow, Parking, Etc., That CDOT Now has To Hand Out Fliers, Hire On-Site Volunteers To Explain How To Use The Street - DNA ChicagoCurbed Chicago; Now We Would Be The Last Ones To Gloat That We Were Right And CDOT, Streetsblog, And The Active Transportation Alliance Were Wrong – Or Maybe We Will Gloat After All

Mega-Tall Vista Tower Will Improve Access To Riverwalk From Lakeshore East - Loop North News

Developer Could Own Finkl Steel Site Within 60 Days, Report Says - DNA Chicago

Soldier Field Is Great For Tailgating – Just Not As Great As Green Bay - Redeye

Edgewater Beachwalk Vote Kicked Off Ballot Due To ‘Forged’ Signatures - DNA Chicago

Weigh In On Plans For Parkland Along Lake Shore Dr. In Uptown Meetings - DNA Chicago

Ohio Feeder Ramp Closed Early Sunday Morning

Detour signWeekend revelers partying downtown Saturday night may face some traffic frustration getting home after their night on the town.

That’s because the city plans a full closure of the Ohio Feeder ramp onto I-90/94 starting at 12:00 AM Sunday morning according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The closures will affect both east and westbound traffic for both local and express lanes of I-90/94.

CDOT says the closure is to necessary for the maintenance and testing of the Ohio Street Bridge. Lanes will re-open Sunday morning at 7.

Westbound Ontario Street tradfic will be detoured northbound on Orleans Street, then West on Division Street, then back onto Kennedy

For motorists driving on 90/94 west bound should exit on Milwaukee Avenue (Exit 49B), then go Southeast on Milwaukee Avenue to Chicago Avenue, then East on Chicago, then South on Orleans Street, then East on Ohio Street.

Eastbound drivers should exit on Washington Boulevard (Exit 51C), then go East on Washington Boulevard, then North on Franklin Street (which become Orleans Street after the river), then East on Ohio Street.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Former LAZ Parking Exec Sentenced To 6 Months For Taking Bribe In Chicago Parking Deal - Chicago Sun-Times

Cop Who Saved Injured Cyclist Named Officer Of The Month - CBS 2 Chicago

McCarron: Bike Lanes Give Cyclists Free Ride At Expense Of Drivers, Urban Planning - Chicago Tribune

Sassone: Where Should Line Be Drawn With Bicycle Rights - Chicago Tribune

Streetsblog, Cycling Activists Need A Reality Check - Beezodogsplace; Elderly Chicago Man Shot, Robbed By Gunmen On Bikes While Watering His Lawn in Broad Daylight - Yahoo/Good Morning America, Reward Offered - Chicago Sun-Times

CDOT Seeks Support For Its Ongoing War On Cars - Chicago Streetsblog

Active Transportation Alliance Uses Its Taxpayer Subsidized Cash To Lobby For A NIMBYesque Traffic Barricade In Ravenswood - Active Transportation Alliance

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Get Your Snow Shovels Ready - Chiberia’s Revenge: 2017 Winter To Bring ‘Numbing’ Cold, Big Snow Storms - DNA Chicago

Lawyer Fired In Traffic Court Judge Impersonation Case Now Faces A Challenger In Election - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Says He’s Still Committed To Eliminating Traffic Fatalities – Watch For Him Copy To New York’s Nonsensical Vision Zero Cram Down Of All City Speed Limits To 25 MPH - ChicagoistChicago Streetsblog

Bob Newhart’s Bizarre Commute Home To Edgewater Took Him WAY Out Of His Way - DNA Chicago

Rahm Transit TIF Mega-Slush Fund To Pay For More Transit Boondoggles, Like The Useless $400 Million CTA Super Station - Active Transportation Alliance

Developer To Unveil Plans For Spire, 62-Acre South Loop Sites In 2017 - Curbed Chicago

Another Backlash Against Transit Oriented Development In Logan Square - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Chicago School Year Begins - Take Extra Care And Watch Out For Children; CPS Adds 2 Safe Passage Routes On South, West Sides - Chicago Sun-Times ; Lamborghini Rides for Wells’ Top Students on 1st Day of School - DNA Chicago

CTA Construction To Cause Extended Closure Of I-94 Lane - Chicago Sun-Times

Nightly Lane Closures Start Tuesday On Bishop Ford - Chicago Sun-Times

‘Chicago Justice’ Filming Near 18th Street In Pilsen Wednesday Will Close Streets/Restrict Parking - DNA Chicago

Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule In Effect: Leave Garbage Bins Out All Week - DNA Chicago

Fall 2016 Bridge Lift Schedule - Loop North News

Tribune Editorial Endorses Raiding Road Funds For Political Slush And Boondoggle Bailouts - Chicago Tribune

Active Transportation Alliance Spends Its Subsidized City Tax Dollars, To Complain That Tribune Editorials Calling For Responsible Behavior By Both Drivers And Motorists Are Nothing But ‘Victim Blaming’ - Chicagoist; As Usual, Streetsblog Completely Misses The Point As Well - Chicago Streetsblog; Perhaps Both ATA And Streetsblog Should Revisit The Tragic Death Of A Biker Who Reportedly Ran A Red Light On Michigan Avenue And Was Killed By A Bus; Bikers Need To Follow The Rules Of The Road - Beezodogsplace; When Bikers Collide - Beezodogsplace; Ghost Bike Ceremony Held - Chicago Streetsblog

Bicyclist Hit And Dragged By SUV On Irving Park Road In Portage Park, Left In Critical Condition - DNA Chicago

Chicago Police Officer On Bicycle Struck By Vehicle In Loop - Chicago Sun-Times

Rideshare, Taxi Accidents Happen In Chicago, So Why Is Data Hard To Get - Redeye

Esurance Stages Car Crash in Chicago to Emphasize Danger Of Playing Mobile Games Like Pokemon While Driving - Claims Journal; Questions Raised Over Proposed Illinois Law On Mobile Games - Illinois News Network