Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, November 3

  • View the Map of Ashland & Western Bus Stops That Could Be Cut to Speed Trips (DNA)
  • Cleveland’s Health Line Shows the Benefits Chicago Can Reap From BRT (Active Trans)
  • Op-Ed: Transportation Investments Are Key for Improving Illinois’ Economy (Herald)
  • Ald. Silverstein Cites Uber-Friendly Policies as a Factor in Her Vote Against Budget (DNA)
  • Drunk Driver Rear-Ends Minivan on Halloween, Hides in Dog Owner’s Backyard (Sun-Times)
  • Man Attacks Customer Assistant at Pulaski Blue Line Stop (DNA)
  • Lincoln Towing Drivers Accused of Outrageous Abuses, Including Attacking a Cyclist (DNA)
  • Southwest Side Politicians Say More Needs to Be Done to Improve Rail Crossings (DNA)
  • Tower With 373 Units, 178 Parking Spaces Proposed for West Loop (DNA)
  • Hotel With 281 Units, 150 Parking Spaces Proposed for Site Near Grant Park (Crain’s)
  • How Bright Does Your Bike Light Need to Be? Check Out This Infographic (Keating Law)
  • Da Whiners: Museum Will Bring Even More Tailgating Spots, But Bears Fans Gripe (Tribune)

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  • Anne A

    The story about railroad crossing issues in the 19th ward and Evergreen Park hits close to home – literally. In the 9 1/2 years I’ve lived in Beverly, I don’t know how many hours I’ve wasted waiting for freight trains to pass.

    There is 1 busy freight line between my house and the nearest hospital (Little Company of Mary). If there was an emergency requiring more advanced care, I’d need to pass 2 busy freight crossings. I’ve often seen ambulances sitting with lights and sirens on, waiting for trains to pass. They could potentially get stuck waiting at as many as 3 crossings (Metra Rock Island plus 2 freights), depending on the start and end locations of their runs. How many people’s lives are adversely affected by this, and by idling trains belching diesel exhaust near their homes?

    I’d love to see a measure in Congress to enact real penalties with some teeth for freight railroads based on how much time they block crossings.