Today’s Headlines

  • Internal CTA Study: Low-Income Ventra Users Less Likely to Register Cards (Tribune)
  • Ousted Metra CEO Agrees to Talk With RTA Board About Memo (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • CDOT to Install $786K in New Speed Bumps (Sun-Times)
  • Divvy Expansion Starts This Week; Lincoln Square to Get Several Stations (Patch)
  • Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Bedford Park Hit-and-Run (Tribune)
  • Driver Charged After Hit-and-Run in Oak Park (Tribune)
  • Cabbies Have Mixed Reactions to Stands Set Aside for Green Vehicles (DNA)
  • Group Disparages BRT As “A Cheap ‘L’ Train,” As If That’s A Bad Thing (DNA)
  • Tour De Fat Raises $34K for West Town Bikes (Tribune)

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  • CL

    “The BRT is nothing but a cheap ‘L’ train,” said Charles Paidock, secretary for Citizens Taking Action. “You get what you pay for. People generally prefer rail.”

    So what I’m getting from this is that they want us to put train tracks on Ashland. I like it!

  • CL

    In other transportation news, today is the first day of city sticker enforcement. It’s also the annual day when my friends brag about having their cars registered in the suburbs or in their home state to avoid Chicago taxes. If we towed all of those cars away, I bet I could find parking whenever I wanted.

  • Light rail on Ashland would be great, but since people are already griping about the cost of BRT, spending three times as much on rail would be challenging politically.

  • Fred

    From the Chicago City Clerk website: “A common misconception is that a Chicago resident is not required to purchase a City Vehicle Sticker if the resident registers his or her car outside the City. This is not true. Any Chicago resident using his or her vehicle in the City must have a City Vehicle Sticker — regardless of where the vehicle is registered. Failure to do so could result in a minimum $200 ticket(s).”

    What I can’t figure out is how they determine if you are living in the city or just a visitor.

  • CL

    They are supposed to document that your car has been parked here for 30 days or more, which means you’re legally required to buy a sticker. But in practice, there is very little enforcement. Sometimes it seems like every third car is registered elsewhere, and I know they’re not all visiting.

    I think they should get a camera that reads license plates (I know these exist because Evanston uses them to enforce 2-hour parking) and just drive around the city with it every day for a month. Then they could write a bunch of tickets and hopefully encourage people to register in Chicago, where they actually live, instead of freeloading on our infrastructure.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree with this. DoR already trolls the streets with boot vans with cameras looking for boot eligible vehicles. If the same vehicle is picked up constantly, start writing tickets.

  • Evan Jenkins

    It’s funny how even a vehicular homicide that results in a first-degree murder charge gets branded an “accident” by the Tribune.

  • I did notice that, and almost commented on the Trib site.

  • david vartanoff

    Challenging, yes, but the potential for vastly better service. Start by painting the lanes and fielding the express buses. NO EIR for restored express service needed. Ultimately, however, the Paulina connector should be rebuilt north to the Blue Line and extended south, first to the Orange and then to the Green Line @ 63rd/Ashland. Imagine opening up the West Side to “crosstown” travel without going through the Loop.

  • Fred

    What about someone who works in the city and commutes by car, but does not live in the city? There are plenty of reasons a suburbanite could have a car in the city more than 30 days a year.

  • Elliott Mason

    Parked on the street overnight in a residential neighborhood? At that point, they live here (like about 1/3 of my block) and should be paying their bit through the vehicle sticker.

  • Fred

    Silly me for assuming the trucks would run during business hours and not be a nighttime sting operation.

  • Anonymous

    The R-O-W north of Lake for the Paulina connector is gone, it can’t just be “rebuilt”.

    That’s sorta the old Circle Line plan, though that went further north/east to North/Clybourn and didn’t go down to 63rd

  • Anonymous

    The boot vans run at night now.

  • Fred

    On the 1st and 15th of every month the city should ticket every car in the city that does not have a sticker. Anyone who got one inappropriately can dispute. Think of the money they would make!

  • Jin Nam

    It would be awesome to have a bike channel in the speed humps being installed…

  • They’d be filled with debris until the street cleaner came.

  • Mr. Vance, what do you think of this bike-friendly speed hump design? http://bikesd.org/2013/04/foto-friday-speed-bumps-designed-around-bicycle-riders/

  • BlueFairlane

    Here’s a funny thing. Those channels are placed at an unfortunate width for the speed bump’s purpose. They’re just wide enough that, if I aimed right, I could move my car’s tires at speed right through the channel without hitting the bump.

    Yes, I’m just that good.

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