Today’s Headlines for Friday, May 15

  • Transit Agencies Delay Launch of Ventra Smartphone App Until Fall (Tribune)
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: Non-Drivers Do Pay Fair Share of Road Costs (Active Trans)
  • Metra Is Still 3 or 4 Years Away From Getting “Positive Train Control” Safety System (Tribune)
  • Brown Line Trains Will Be Rerouted to Subway This Weekend for Track Work (DNA)
  • Woman Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver While Walking on Des Plaines Road With No Sidewalks (Tribune)
  • National Guardsmen Pull Driver to Safety After Fiery South Loop Crash (Tribune)
  • River Access, Transit Hub, Housing Win Curbed Poll on What Should Go In at Vienna Beef Site
  • Divvy & Protected Lanes Were Factors in WalkScore Ranking Chicago the #6 Biking City (Chicagoist)
  • DNA Takes a Tour of the Future Big Marsh Bike Park Site on SE Side

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  • BlueFairlane

    Things like that “positive train control” system are why I laugh whenever I hear people going on about cars driven by computers. It takes a decade to correctly implement a system that prevents a person driving a vehicle that can’t steer from going above a certain speed, and we think we’re going to fill the roads with robot cars anytime soon? Funny.

  • Pat

    Ah, but you forgot how much more people will pay for car-related infrastructure as opposed to rail! Or for that matter, anything else.

  • BlueFairlane

    True, but they’re willing to pay more in part because they’re the ones behind the wheel and maintain at least an illusion of control. Many will be willing to spend almost as much to fight robot cars.

  • That “fiery South Loop crash” is the same you reported yesterday as “Passing on the Right Leads to South Loop Car Crash.”