Today’s Headlines

  • Claypool Credits Security Cameras With a 26% Drop in Crime on the CTA Last Year (ABC)
  • Cabbies Staged a Strike This Morning, Rallied at City Hall to Protest Ride-Share (Sun-Times)
  • Now That a Metra Pass Is Almost as Expensive as a CTA Pass, Some Are Switching Modes (RedEye)
  • Metra’s BNSF Line to Aurora Is Its Busiest But Also Its Least Reliable (Herald)
  • Teen Who Killed Senior While Going 35 MPH Over Limit Charged With Misdemeanor (Tribune)
  • Indiana Leaders Consider Installing Traffic Cams, Look at Illinois’ Experience With Them (WTHI)
  • Cyclist Who Was Doored by a Cab Driver Wins Settlement (Keating)
  • Singer Who Wrote Protest Songs About CTA & Traffic Cams Sets His Sights on “Dibs” (DNA)
  • Chicagoist Speaks Out Against the Evils of Bike Parking “Dibs” — John Is Guilty as Charged
  • Historian, Hungry Hound Discuss the Bloomingdale & Immigrant Experiences Tonight (DNA)

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  • Since this is simpler than finding a “how to email a suggestion” link (if there is one you need to unhide it), a possible story for after your fundraising pays off:

    What’s with the new street signs? They’re mixed-case, the largest font on them is significantly SMALLER than the previous standard font, and they use multiple font sizes and weights per sign, which makes them significantly harder to read.

    Some intersections have the new sign going one way and the old sign on the cross-street (Foster still has all old signs, on the parts I drive), so it’s simple to do a direct comparison.

    Me personally, I can’t read the new signs until I’m more than half a block closer than I can read the old signs, which is a massive lose. Admittedly, my eyes (even with glasses) aren’t the greatest, but there are plenty of people with worse sight than mine driving every day.

    Why did CDOT feel the need for a redesign? What firm was involved?