Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, October 11

  • Chicago Ranked 3rd Best City in U.S. for Active Living, Party Thanks to Divvy (Tribune)
  • Law Encouraging Alternatives to SOV Trips Could Reduce Congestion (Crain’s)
  • Death of Cyclist Joni Beaudry Prompts Update in IL “Rules of the Road” Booklet (Tribune)
  • Family of Maya Medovaya, Killed by Right-Turning UPS Truck, Is Suing Company (WLS)
  • Amtrak May Add Chicago-Milwaukee Runs, Shorten Travel Times (Wisconsin DOT)
  • LA’s Orange Line Can Serve as a Model for Chicago BRT (Active Trans)
  • 36th Ward PB Ballot Includes Traffic Calming Near Local Schools (DNA)
  • New Designated Driver Service Could Help Prevent DUIs (RedEye)
  • How They Installed a Tunnel for the Red Line Under the Chicago River (DNA)
  • 20 Can’t-Miss Sites Participating in Open House Chicago (Curbed)
  • Luftwork Will Create a Major Light Installation on 606’s Milwaukee Bridge (Chicagoist)
  • Wedding Bells on the ‘L’: Couple Marries on CTA Train (WLS)

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  • Re: Amtrak Chicago to Milwaukee: Here’s where Wisconsin having a backward to governor really hurts. The speed increase for part of the route from 79 to 90 mph saves all of two to three minutes. We really should be a lot closer to HSR on that corridor than we are. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad Illinois was the beneficiary of their stupid governor but still.

    Oh wait. We now have a backward governor in Illinois too.

  • Courtney

    I looked at the proposed timetables and it looks like it saves around 15 minutes. I agree we should have HSR along that corridor (and really nationwide…..) but I’ll take a 15 minute improvement.

  • So am I looking at the difference between 79 and 90 mph whereas you are looking at the difference between the speed now and the new speeds?

  • cozzyd

    The fastest time on the 79 MPH schedule is 1:29 (which is also the fastest time now, I think). On the 90 MPH schedule the fastest time is 1:27.

    If they could bring this corridor down to 1 hour that would be pretty transformative.

  • I think 15 minutes is also a transformative improvement.

    I wonder if there are other things that can be done to improve this train. Like, what’s its on-time performance rating and what are this line’s most frequent causes of delays? Dig into every nook and cranny of the line’s operations and squeeze out some more efficiencies.


Today’s Headlines

In Wake of Bribery Scandal, Waguespack Calls for Halting Red Light Camera Program (Expired Meter) Active Trans Calls for Protected Bike Lanes on Milwaukee Avenue (Active Trans) Mislabeled Trains Confuse Customers During Brown Line Re-Route (Tribune, RedEye) Red Line Commuters Brace for Heavy Ridership During Today’s Snowstorm (Sun-Times) Gas Prices Are Historically High for the […]

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CDOT Begins Repaving Milwaukee in Preparation for Protected Lanes (Crains) Can the CTA Deliver on Its Promises to South Siders During Red Rehab? (Tribune) Active Trans and Community Groups Promote Red Line Bill of Rights (DNA) Red Closure Will Impact Almost 100K High School Students (Sun-Times) How the Red Line Shutdown Will Affect Chinatown (RedEye) […]

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CMAP: Number of Miles Driven in Chicago Has Been Flat Over Last 15 Years (Crain’s) Man Charged in DUI Crash That Killed Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer (WLS) State Rep. Al Riley Opposes N. Red Line Transit TIF, Was S. Red Extension Built (eNews) The Bike Bridge That Berny Banned Is Finally Going to Get Built […]

Today’s Headlines

Active Trans Pushes for Protected Lanes on Milwaukee in Wicker Park (Active Trans) City Council Approves Higher Taxes for Premium Parking (DNA) Fullerton / Elston Rehab, Including Protected Lanes, Starts Next Year (Tribune, DNA) Loyola Releases Renderings of Proposed Pedestrian Mall on Kenmore (DNA) City Offers to Drop $105K in Parking Fees for a Single […]

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Eric Garner Decision Protestors Briefly Take Over Michigan, LSD (Sun-Times, RedEye) MPC Part of Coalition Calling for Long-Term Federal Transportation Funding Applying Vision Zero Principals in Chicago Will Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities (Active Trans) Boy Who Lost Leg in Metra Crash Ducked Under Lowered Gate (Tribune) IDOT Blocks 2 Lanes of Kennedy During A.M. Rush to Remove […]

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International Study Agrees: Chicagoland Has Too Many Transit Boards (Tribune) City Moves to Acquire Rail Line for New ERA Trail (DNA) Man, 20, Fatally Struck by Wheeling Police Officer (WLS) CTA Bus Driver Fatally Strikes 54-Year-Old Woman in Back of the Yards (Fox) New Pedestrian Bridges on South Lakefront Will Correct an Inequality (Tribune) Loop […]