Today’s Headlines

  • 6 Chicago Congressmen Push for Restoring the Full Transit Tax Benefit (Crain’s)
  • Metra Investigating “Scary” Driving by Rock Island Engineers (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • Allegedly Drunk SUV Driver Kills Pedestrian at North and Kennedy (DNA)
  • Rolling Meadows Woman Dies in Single-Car Crash (RedEye)
  • Truck-Bus Collision Shuts Down Lanes of Ryan; No Serious Injuries (Tribune)
  • RedEye Looks at the Chicago Stats in the Portland State Protected Lanes Study
  • Edgewater Residents Applaud Plans to Rehab Red Line Stations (DNA)
  • Proposals Floated for TOD by the Wilson Red Line (DNA)
  • Chicago’s Hated Parking Meter Deal Hurts Walking, Biking & Transit Too (Next City)
  • Heart Association Giving CPR Lessons at Metra Stations (Sun-Times)
  • Dead End” Author Discusses Suburbia Today at Noon  at MPC, 6:30 at City Lit

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  • Anne A

    I’ve been on some Rock Island runs recently that were fairly rough, but not to the point of tilting. Grateful I wasn’t on those trains.

  • Kevin M

    Oh, that Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line.

  • Anne A

    Good tune, but not always a good ride experience.

  • Christopher Murphy

    I wonder if it would be possible for the city to use Eminent Domain to take back some the areas from the parking lease.

  • Even if they did, they’d still have to pay the parking folks for the loss of revenue from the spaces. It’s in the contract.

  • Christopher Murphy

    That’s the point of Eminent Domain. They would just own the spaces again outright. All the city would have to do is pay fair market value for the spaces. Although I’m sure someone could find a way this wouldn’t work.

  • The thing is, the way the contract is written, it doesn’t matter who owns the spaces (in fact, the city still owns them now). The meters people are ‘entitled’ by contract to X number of spaces wherever in the city, of equivalent weekly monetary value to the ones that existed when they were sold them.

    You’re attacking the wrong end of the problem, is what I”m saying. You can’t sieze a piece of a contract by eminent domain, it’s not real estate.

  • Christopher Murphy

    Figures. I was hoping there would be a way for the city to strong arm its way back, but Morgan Stanley is probably bigger and smarter anyway.

  • jeff wegerson

    They need those Talgo trains that do the tilting at high speeds so the passengers don’t have to.

  • jeff wegerson

    So is Peterson one of the twenty. That’s what I want!

    “Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is planning a network of 20 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines. The CTA found replacement parking meters for its initial BRT
    routes, but planners fear that spaces for replacement meters will soon
    dry up. In that case, either the cost for implementing future BRT
    lines will increase significantly as the city must compensate Morgan
    Stanley for the number of parking meters they remove, or the city may
    trim down their plans for 20 routes altogether.”