Today’s Headlines for Thursday, September 24

  • Cabbies Blockade O’Hare, Midway to Protest Proposed Fee Hike, Ride-Share Access to Airports (Tribune)
  • Why the City’s Sale of 4 River North Parking Lots Is a Great Idea (MPC)
  • 2 West ridge Red Light Cameras Coming Down, Speed Cam Will Remain (DNA)
  • Show Support for Traffic Crash Victims by Becoming a Courtroom Advocate (CPD)
  • Logan Square’s Twin Towers TOD Project Gets Its Building Permits (Curbed)
  • Development by Jeff Park Transit Center Would Have 96 Units, 8 Shops, 265 Spaces (DNA)
  • 500-Unit Tower by CTA’s Roosevelt Stop Would Have 240 Parking Spaces (Curbed)
  • Development by Cermak Green Stop Would Have 144 Hotel Rooms, 250 Units, 1 Floor of Parking (Curbed)
  • Southwest Side Politicians Ask Feds for Help Speeding Railroad Crossing (DNA)
  • Active Trans Looks at Local Multi-Use Trail Proposals
  • Adler Planetarium Galaxy Bike Ride Brings “Pop-Up Science to Communities Across IL (Tribune)
  • Sign a Letter to Congress Voicing Support for the TAP Funding Program (Active Trans)

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  • planetshwoop

    The Active Trans piece misses the Southern Extension of the North Branch Trail. That’s actually the closest to being developed since the plans are done and the project is merely awaiting funding (it was bid too high, so they are to try again for 2016).

    http://fpdcc.com/preserves-and-trails/plans-and-projects/north-branch-trail-southern-extension/

  • Mike C

    They mentioned it in the Chicago River Trail section. “Two projects already planned will extend the North Branch Trail south to Belmont.”

  • duppie

    That blog post is some of the sloppiest writing from Active Trans I’ve seen in a while. These are two separate projects that will not connect to each other.

    1. It is the North Shore Channel trail, not the North Channel trail. This trail that is currently ends a little North of Lawrence will be connected to the new part of the river trail that is about to be constructed from Belmont to Montrose. The connection will consist of an on-street route. So really, they are not even connected.

    2. The North Branch trail is to be extended from its current terminus on Devon and Caldwell to its new terminus at Foster and Kostner. From there it is still 1.7 mile od street riding to the east to connect with the North Shore Channel trail.

    Both projects are now scheduled to start next spring

  • Having done it, if you go through Gompers from Irene Hernandez Picnic Grove (walking across Foster at the light), that gets you to Pulaski, at which point you only have about two blocks of street riding on Foster to get to Eugene Field Park, where it’s actually mostly trails (with bits of quiet city street connecting) from there on to the channel.