Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 1

  • Fraudulent Use of Free & Reduced Fare Cards Has Cost the CTA $6.5 Million (RedEye)
  • Rauner Signs Bill Reappropriating Money for Road Construction (Sun-Times)
  • Protester Claim’s Driver in Rauner’s Entourage Purposely Struck His Arm (Tribune)
  • Evanston Officials Ride the Purple Line to Gauge Interest in Extended Hours (Tribune)
  • 62-Year-Old Man Killed in single-Car Crash in Burnside Neighborhood (Tribune)
  • Big Chunks of Concrete Are Falling From LSD’s Lawrence Bridge (Uptown Update)
  • CDOT Releases Spring 2015 Bike Count Report
  • 10 Pieces of Public Art Are Coming to Clark Street (DNA)
  • Parking Lot of Shuttered West Ridge Movie Theater Is Being Transformed Into a Park (DNA)
  • How Bike Lawyer (& SBC Sponsor) Jim Freeman Found His Calling (Crain’s)
  • Heritage Bikes Owner Shares Some of His Favorite Cycling Destinations (Michigan Avenue)

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  • Matt F

    “Protesters bang on hoods of Rauner’s entourage, one receives charlie horse”

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    So with that much fare card fraud, what percentage of the public will just hop on the bus rather than pay to use the downtown BRT once pre-boarding payment is in place?

  • Deni

    I still think the Purple Line Express would only be successful if they extended the service all the way to that last run, not just throw one in after the regular express service has stopped 90 minutes earlier. I think you would also see a bigger success for extended hours once the new Wilson station is added as a Purple Express stop. Well, and the north main line being rebuilt to speed up travel times, but that’s obviously a few years off.

  • Deni

    I suppose it would depend on what the enforcement and the fines are like. I European countries with open fare systems the fines are pretty steep and the enforcement is pretty strict. It’s said that 4% of riders don’t pay in Berlin (a number they are working on lowering) but I wonder if that’s really any higher than the numbers who jump turnstiles or go through open wheelchair gates. I honestly don’t know the answer to that, I’d be curious to see. But I doubt there is any reason to believe that non-payment would be significantly higher on that system over the usual American model.