Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Releases Environmental Assessment for BRT (Sun-Times, RedEye)
  • Speed Cameras Are Successful in Reducing Speeding (CDOT, Sun-Times, Expired Meter)
  • Pedestrian Struck by Shuttle Bus Driver at O’Hare in Critical Condition (Tribune)
  • Driver Who Killed Mimi Liu Charged With Felony DUI (Tribune)
  • FTA Allows Chicago to Apply for “New Starts” Grant for Red/Purple Rehab (Tribune)
  • A Preview of the New 95th Street Red Line Station (CTA)
  • Emanuel Says He’s Frustrated With Ventra Performance (RedEye, DNA)
  • Active Trans Speaks Out Against Proposed Bike Tax (RedEye)
  • Broadway Buffered and Protected Bike Lanes Postponed Until Next Year (DNA)
  • Lessons From NYC’s West Side Highway Conversion for the LSD Rehab (Active Trans)

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  • Adam Herstein

    The new 95th station looks great!

  • duppie

    Any chance you guys can do a recap of the Environmental Assessment before tonight’s AWC meeting in Andersonville?

  • Yes, we should have something later today.

  • CL

    “416 violations were issued for those driving 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit”

    Contrary to what I had read previously, it sounds like they’re already ticketing for 6 mph over.

  • Per CDOT staff on Monday, they’re only currently issuing tickets to drivers going 10 mph or higher.

  • Matt F

    Mind is blown because:
    1) Red Eye wrote an article with substance, sensibility
    2) Red Eye is Owned by Tribune

    Edit: Active Trans Speaks Out Against Proposed Bike Tax (RedEye)

  • CL

    Thanks — they probably meant 416 warnings

  • There are three Red Eye articles here – which one are you referring to?

  • Anne A

    I’m excited about the 95th St. station design sketches. Having the station span 95th St. will mean that people don’t need to cross 95th at street level to access the station. I won’t have to make the hazardous move to the bus left turn lane and ride my bike into the bus area to enter the station, as I do with the current layout. This change should reduce the number of traffic conflicts and potential injuries to peds and bike riders.

    I like the light, airy design. The expanded bus area will reduce conflicts between buses and make bus operations a bit easier. I’m guessing that will make bus drivers happier. They’ll probably be able to reach their designated spots faster, with less stress.

  • I just called the venue; tonight’s meeting has been canceled.

  • duppie

    Thanks for checking, John.

  • Fred

    Tribune announced it was laying off 700 people today. Any word if that Kasshole was fired?

  • Jennifer

    From Expired Meter:

    Z28 says:
    November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am
    I’m so sick of hearing that slower speeds will be safer for peds. The speed limits are artificially low in Chicago, there is no reason why you can’t drive 50 on most Chicago streets. How many of our daily traffic jams are caused by these ridiculous speed limits? Of course there are going to be peds who wander into the street and get hit, but that is not the fault of the drivers. The city’s plan to have zero ped fatalities is such a joke. There will always be some deaths as long as there are cars, and it is no one’s “fault.” Meanwhile, the city wants us all to creep around the city at 25 in the name of “safety.” Unreal.

    It frightens me that Normal People genuinely think this way.

  • Sounds like someone would be better off commuting in a place with those 50mph speed limits on arterials. Somewhere like the northwest suburbs. Though curiously those streets also seem to fill with traffic…

  • SP_Disqus

    Just started digging into the Ashland BRT Environmental Assessment and found this one statement that does a good job of exemplifying the need for the service improvement: “Approximately one in four households along this corridor (half mile from Ashland) does not have an automobile.”

  • Alex_H

    I guess I’m surprised the percentage is that low?

  • SP_Disqus

    It is higher than I would have assumed, but with better transit options I can see it getting to a level that meets your expectations.

  • duppie

    I wouldn’t expect any less from a reader named Z28

  • Fred

    I’m curious about the demographics on those without cars. Are they without car because they can’t afford one (poor), or because they choose not to have one? The distribution of the carless along the route would also be interesting. I’d bet there are pockets of poor ares where the careless rate is very high and pockets of wealth where the rate is almost zero. That’s an awfully long stretch on which to base a general statistic.

  • Jim Mitchell

    Does anyone know whether the Chicago speed and red-light camera systems can track down and ticket out-of-state drivers, or is it just Illinois drivers? Lots of scofflaws from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana on Chicago’s streets could stand to receive a few tickets.

  • Jim Mitchell

    Z28 should change his handle to Bitchin’ Camaro.

  • Cameron Puetz

    The overall all carless rate for the city is 28.85% so the one in four number seems about right. The Ashland corridor is a long corridor that cuts through a diverse set of neighborhoods. Also none of those neighborhoods are super dense, but there also aren’t long stretches that are low density housing either. In short Ashland cuts through a pretty typical slice of Chicago, so I’m not surprised that it has an average car free rate.

  • Ted King

    Here you go :

    Driver License Compact
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver_License_Compact (Wikipedia article)

    Out-of-State Traffic Violations
    http://criminal.lawyers.com/traffic-violations/Out-of-State-Traffic-Violations.html (Lawyers.com page)

    In summary, most of the states talk to each other so a driver from another state will be tracked down unless they’re from a handful of states (GA, MA, MI, TN, and WI). Traffic laws have been harmonized under another compact (the NRVC – see second link) with several states not signatory. A scofflaw driver may wind up in a federal database like the National Driver Register (aka NDR).

  • Jim Mitchell

    Thanks, although two of the States that, as you point out, are not part of either compact (Michigan and Wisconsin) are among the three neighboring states whose drivers are most commonly driving in Chicago. =^)

    Also – and this might be more esoteric than we need to get into here, but what the hey – aren’t Chicago’s red light and speed camera tickets actually administrative citations similar to a parking ticket, not really traffic tickets? This is why they can be issued against the registered OWNER of the car even when someone else was DRIVING the car, and therefore the City doesn’t have to figure out who the driver actually was. It was this that made the RLCs a viable option. Anyway, wouldn’t the fact that the owner and not the driver is the subject of the ticket necessarily affect how or whether the fines can be pursued against out-of-state car owners (or drivers)? Although I didn’t raise the point above, it was in my mind when I posted my question.

  • Ted King

    If you asked a cop the response would probably be :

    A moving violation is a moving violation.

    Here’s a link to a multi-state site that may be accurate :

    http://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/traffic-ticket-faq.php

  • Yes, citations issued by speed and red light cameras in Illinois are ascribed to the vehicle’s registered owner. They are administrative and do not affect a “driving record”. The violations are still reviewed (on video) by police officers.

  • The EA says that the Ashland corridor (half mile on both sides) is denser than citywide.

  • Did you notice in this rendering how well-shielded the platform is from weather and traffic noise?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctaweb/10951152306/in/set-72157637853632955

  • Anne A

    Yes. It’s a notable and much appreciated improvement over the current configuration, where noise from highway traffic can be deafening.

  • Anne A

    I think it’s unreal that anyone could think it’s safe to drive 50 mph on local streets. And therein lies a big piece of our safety issue…