Today’s Headlines

  • LSD Redesign Process Could Stop Road From Becoming a Superhighway (Tribune)
  • Ventra Rollout Moves Forward (Tribune, Tattler)
  • Residents Welcome Speed Cameras on Foster (DNA)
  • Chicago to Start Using Microradar to Count Pedestrians (Forbes)
  • Metra Scandal Has Cost Taxpayers $250K in Legal Fees So Far (Sun-Times)
  • RTA Set to Award Contract to Firm Co-Owned by Former Madigan Aide (Sun-Times)
  • Residents Wants Protected Bike Lanes on Vincennes (Active Trans)
  • Now You Can Ride a Divvy to Dim Sum (DNA)
  • Emanuel Joins Dowell for Bike Tour of Third Ward (Active Trans)
  • Waukegan, North Chicago Move Forward, Separately, on Path Linking Towns (News-Sun)
  • Chicago Needs a Truly Pedestrianized Retail Street (Transitized)
  • An App That Lets Parking Scofflaws Dodge the Denver Boot (DNA)

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  • Anonymous

    Ticket Ninja is designed to prevent people who have a parking ticket from becoming a scofflaw, not to prevent a scofflaw from getting a boot.

  • Fred

    My thoughts on a few of the articles:

    Ticket Ninja App – Really? Are there people out there who don’t care if they get tickets, but do care if they get late fees? Just seems bizarre that this app exists.

    Ventra – I am a Chicago Plus card holder and do not want a new Ventra card. I will be switching to using my credit card with )) logo directly to carry one less card in my wallet. How do I make this happen? I haven’t seen any info on “opting out”.

  • If they’d followed the law, they wouldn’t have gotten the tickets in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not always that simple, John. Ticket writers don’t always get it right and, worse, don’t always put the ticket on your car. Check with Parking Ticket Geek for a zillion stories on that front.

  • Anonymous

    I think you should re-read the definition of a scofflaw:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scofflaw

  • CL

    Yes — I’ve gotten a letter in the mail about a ticket that I definitely never saw on my car. It would be nice to have an app tracking my tickets just in case.

  • CL

    I think everyone cares if they get tickets, but if you do get tickets, you want to make sure they’re paid on time. Sounds like a useful app to me.

  • Fred

    In the one-off rare occasion that I do get a parking ticket, I can go ahead and take the personal responsibility to ensure it is paid on time.

  • Fred

    Marketing it as a ticket notification app that has a payment feature makes more sense to me than marketing is as a ticket auto-pay app. Ticket notification would be helpful for the case you mentioned. It is much more difficult to remember the scenario to dispute a ticket a week or two later, though 24hrs later is still less helpful than immediately. Ticket on the windshield allows you to take pictures and such immediately.

  • Anonymous

    So you don’t see a use for it. That’s OK. We can let the market decide whether this is a useful service. If so, we’ll see copy cats appearing soon. If not, it will become another zombie app, like 90+% of the apps out there.

  • Ventra: When they send you your paper mail (really? in 2013? weird) asking you to ‘confirm address’, don’t, and they won’t mail you one. You might call them when you get the letter to ask how to get your excess balance, if any, off your old card and onto whatever you’re going to use instead, though you may need to just use it all up before old-card-usage goes away entirely if they don’t like the idea of transferring balances onto regular credit cards.

  • Fred

    I got that request via email a couple of weeks ago. I believe it said something along the lines of (I can’t find the email now) “if your address is correct, you don’t need to do anything.” So I don’t think what you are saying is true.

    I’m betting they will transfer my balance to a Ventra card, then I will have to use it up and stick it in the back of my desk and forget about it. I would be surprised if they credited back my credit card. It’s annoying, but not the end of the world. I suppose it could be a handy backup if my CC were to get compromised or I lost my wallet or something.

  • Anne A

    About the ticket app, back when I had a car, signage sometimes appeared for street cleaning with only 1-2 days notice (or less) – while I was out of town. This has happened to other folks I know. Sometimes people get nailed due to insufficient notice when they’ve consciously tried to avoid tickets. When folks don’t have $$$, late fees matter.

  • Anonymous

    From what I’ve read, you won’t be able to use your CC right off the bat, so you’ll probably be forced to use the Ventra card for at least a little while. However, I’m with Anne, I’ll just use the Ventra card.

  • Fred

    See below for my thoughts on marketing it as a ticket notification app as opposed to an auto-payment app.

    In general, I’m not paranoid enough. I already carry a cc with the RFID in it, so I’m not increasing my risks any just carrying one fewer card.

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