Today’s Headlines

  • Sweet! State Law Will Be Clarified to Explicitly Allow Bicyclists to Pass on Right (Active Trans)
  • Metra Board Member Shared Confidential Memo With CEO Prior to Severance (Tribune, Crain’s)
  • Wilson Red Line Station Rehab Delayed by Extension of Bid Deadline (RedEye)
  • As Part of Deal to Pedestrianize a Block of Kenmore, Loyola Opens Garage to Non-Students (DNA)
  • Emanuel Breaks Ground on Attractive Green Line Stop at Cermak (Sun-Times, DNA)
  • City Agrees to Stop Ticketing Drivers in Front of Shuttered CPS Schools (DNA)
  • CTA Pilots Card That’s Both a Ventra Card and ID for CPS Students (WBEZ)
  • Ouch! Cabbie Bilks Chinese Student Out of $4,240 for a Ride From O’Hare to Champaign (DNA)
  • Diary of a Divvy User (Tribune)
  • Steven Vance’s Chicago Bike Guide Gets Some Love in a Divvy App Roundup (DNA)
  • Logan Square Driver Shares a Unique Viewpoint on Recent Transportation News

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  • Fred

    It pains me to say this, but LSD is right. If drivers can be fined for littering, all other common-way users should be too. There is no reason a pedestrian should be allowed to litter, but not a driver. And that includes cigarette butts!

  • CL

    Gee, thanks, Loyola. Residents can get a pass to use the garage between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. as long as they get a pass for “the specific day and time” in advance.

    This is completely useless. It’s only available to residents (they have to prove eligibility, according to the article), meaning people who already live there, not people who are visiting and might okay with having to vacate the spot before night time. There is no reason that a resident would apply to park in the garage for a few hours in the evening, one day in the future.

    If you don’t think the loss of street parking is going to make a difference, or if you just want fewer street parking spots to promote sustainable transportation, that’s fine. But don’t pretend this is an alternative — it’s insulting. This program is designed to never be used.

  • Erik Swedlund
  • Anonymous

    You missed his joke. Anyone can be fined for littering, but drivers can additionally have their car impounded. So, his joke is that peds should have their shoes impounded.

  • Anonymous

    I read it that you have to be a resident to get a pass, not to use one. ie, a resident could get a pass for a visitor. The 2am cutoff seems odd though, why not 24 hours over the weekend and cut off at 7am on weekdays (before most workers would be in)?

  • CL

    To me, it sounds like the passes are only for residents: “neighbors living nearby Loyola University’s lake shore campus will be allowed to park in the school’s main parking garage.”

    The cutoff is 2 a.m. because they don’t want residents to actually use the garage. You can find street parking during the day, but the real problem is parking overnight when you get home late. That’s the only time access to this garage would be useful, and they know it.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want to downplay the Green Line station, it’s a good idea and the design looks great, but can Klein and Dowell settle down a bit? The Red Line station is less than 1/4 mile west (with significantly better frequency) and there are numerous bus routes (3, 4, 21, 24, 29). They talk like the area is a transit wasteland, but it’s just not. (and yes, I know the Red Line station is closed, but it’ll be back open in less than 2 months, well before the new Green Line station)

  • Anonymous

    Some clarification would be good, but how are they supposed to know you’re using the pass for a friend visiting and not your own car?

  • CL

    It would depend on whether they tie the pass to your plate, etc. But even if you could get away with giving a pass to a friend for one evening, this is not an alternative to street parking for residents.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree. The 2am cutoff sees to that.

  • That “Dairy of a Divvy User” piece was nice. A bit of a rollercoaster my mind went through reading it, but I liked it. It’s interesting to note how your perspective changes based on being a pedestrian, driver, bike rider, etc. and I think Divvy will be a great way for people who wouldn’t normally ride a bike on city streets to actually get a feel for it. Those riders, who also may be drivers, may come out of it with a better perspective, or more likely to “scold” friends in the car for doing dangerous maneuvers around bikes, etc.

  • The people they’re building it for (conventioneers at McCormick) might well be reluctant to walk that extra 1/4mi through Potentially Shady Urban Neighborhoods to something like the Red Line that they’ve heard is crime-ridden. Better to give them their own shiny new architecturally-awesome station on the Green Line, which has had a lot of recent investment and might be less scary (it goes to Oak Park! Where richer people live!).

  • Fred

    That’s not only who they are building it for. They are building it to serve the future River North-like entertainment district they want to spring up in the not-too-distant future. Their goal is to make the area attractive to both locals and tourists/conventioneers. Conventions and basketball games are not steady and year round. Businesses will not open until there are people in the area year round. Getting people to/from Motor Row quickly and efficiently is half the battle.

    If they only cared about conventioneers they would build limited access busways between McCormick and the Loop to quickly whisk people, traffic free, to the current entertainment district. Oh, wait… to the Bat Cave!

  • Anonymous

    So people will walk 1/2 mile through P-S-U-N (that’s the distance from the front door of McC to the Green Line), but not 3/4 mile? Not so much. People worried about P-S-U-N are taking a cab (or a bus on the busway if available). Again, the station is a good idea, but I just think they’re going overboard on benefits.

    As for reputation, since when is the Green Line’s better than the Red? It goes through Garfield Park and Austin to get to Oak Park and the other end is Englewood.

  • The station location increases transit options for McCormick Place workers who live in Englewood and Woodlawn.

  • Does the Red Line have capacity/crowding issues south of Roosevelt?

  • Anonymous

    That’s not what Klein and Dowell were talking about.

    Again, I’m in favor of the station. I think I posted here or on CTA Tattler about how it sucks they didn’t do this years ago so it would replace the Red Line station during the shutdown (ie the shuttle wouldn’t be needed from Roosevelt to Cermak). I just don’t think it’s going to be this huge boon to an area that has pretty good transit service already.