Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Awards Loop Station Contract — For Once, Winner Is Not Walsh Construction (RedEye)
  • Eno Center Report: RTA Should Become a Superagency, or Be Scrapped Altogether (Tribune)
  • Could Plummeting Gasoline Prices Lead to a Drop in Transit Ridership? (Tribune)
  • Video: Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Wants to Further Lower the Cost of Gas
  • Wrong-Way Driver Kills Guitarist Juan Carlos Salazar on I-290 in Forest Park (ABC)
  • Driver Strikes 5-Year-Old Boy in Austin, Resulting in Minor Injuries (DNA)
  • $225K Rehab of North Avenue in Austin Will Include Some Pedestrian Improvements (DNA)
  • Bike Walk Lincoln Park Sends Transportation Questionnaire to 43rd Ward Candidates
  • Businesses Who Do a Good Job of Shoveling Will Get Winter Wonder Awards (Active Trans)
  • Expert: CTA Heat Lamps Don’t Do Much to Warm Unexposed Body Parts (Tribune)
  • Unlike Last Year, Divvy Didn’t Shut Down Last Week When Subzero Temps Set In (Sun-Times)
  • Active Trans Opens Registration for Roll the Cold Winter Bike Challenge

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  • Dave

    John, I know you can’t pass up an opportunity to write about Rauner’s nomination of Blankenhorn to be state secretary of transportation! Even if it’s pro bono!

  • NYCCHI

    John – just hit you with a modest donation. Everyone join in and let’s help get this going again!

  • Thanks a lot for the donation, and the plug!

  • That is a tough one. I’m sure Steven, in particular, is chomping on the bit to write about that awesome development. We’re not planning to publish original articles on SBC until the funding situation is stabilized, but I’ll definitely link to other articles on the subject tomorrow morning.

  • ardecila

    The last roundup linked to a Chicago Magazine interview of Blankenhorn, before Rauner made the announcement. In the article he denies talking to Rauner.

    At any rate, this makes me feel a whole lot more optimistic about Rauner, the Illiana, CMAP’s sales tax proposal, etc.

  • Really, I had know idea that a Rauner victory could possibly lead to much smarter state transportation policy. I guess our headline was accurate when we wrote, in the wake of the election, “The Next Governor of Illinois Is a Total Mystery on Transportation.” http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/11/05/the-next-governor-of-illinois-is-a-total-mystery-on-transportation/

  • R.A. Stewart

    It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised for once!

  • The Loop CTA station contract wasn’t award to Walsh for once…it was awarded to one of their biggest competitors who has already done a lot of work for CTA and the city…F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen.

    They’re currently building the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station.
    http://www.chicagocityscape.com/permits.php?pid=100511029

    And renovated the Damen station last year.
    http://www.chicagocityscape.com/permits.php?pid=100547060

    And the California station last year.
    http://www.chicagocityscape.com/permits.php?pid=100547047