Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, September 6

  • Tribune Comes Out Against Amendment Against Diverting Transportation Revenue
  • After Misguided Editorial on Bike Deaths, Clueless Op-Ed on Teen Driving From the Tribune
  • Active Trans, Chainlink Discuss the Victim-Blaming Trib Piece on Bike Fatalities (Chicagoist)
  • Dorval Carter, MarySue Barnett, Juanita Irizarry Make Crain’s Who’s Who List
  • Why Is It So Hard to Get Data on Ride-Share & Taxi Crashes (RedEye)
  • During Closure of Foster From Cicero to Pulaski, CTA Buses Will Run on Peterson (DNA)
  • Commuter Loves Quiet Morning Rides in Lake St. PBLs, Hates the Poor Maintenance (DNA)
  • Forest Preserve: N. Branch Trail Extension Isn’t Open Yet So Don’t Ride on It (DNA)
  • In “CTA Project” Video, Transit Riders Share Their Life Lessons (DNA)
  • Owner Wants a Million Dollars for a 3-Bedroom Loft Next to the Bloomingdale Trail (DNA)
  • Insurance Company Stages Crash With a Pokemon: “Don’t Catch & Drive” (Claims Journal)
  • Southside Critical Mass Happens Friday 9/16 6:30 at Cole PArk, 85th & King

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  • Link on “quiet morning rides” bullet does not go to the article it says it does.

  • Anne A

    Unless they are viewing biking and walking as transportation (unlikely), the proposed Illinois constitutional amendment looks like a “screw you” to funding for ped and bike projects. This is worth publicizing, discussing and fighting.

    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HJRCA&DocNum=36&GAID=13&SessionID=88&LegID=91182

    Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Adds a new Section concerning highway funds. Provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. Limits the costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation to direct program expenses of the Secretary of State, the State Police, and the Department of Transportation related to the enforcement of traffic laws and safety. Provides that the revenues described herein shall not be diverted to any other purpose. Provides that any additional modes of transportation proposed for State funding shall have dedicated sources of funding. Provides that federal funds may be spent for any purposes authorized by federal law.

  • JacobEPeters

    but that North Branch Trail article should probably be a bullet point of its own.

  • JacobEPeters

    also, no link to the clueless op ed on teen driving

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Fixed, thanks.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Done, thanks.

  • planetshwoop

    Smells like two issues:
    a) Cars are victims; gas taxes are used for things not related to making roads better
    b) An opportunity to suggest that pedestrians or bikers don’t pay gas taxes, so they shouldn’t get any accommodations on the road.

    For a, the whole point of government is to redistribute monies; cars shouldn’t get special treatment.

    For b, bikers and walkers buy stuff, so the fuel consumed by delivery trucks, semis, etc. all support things. There is a wider network effect than just the fuels for personal car transport.