Today’s Headlines for Monday, March 13

  • Illinois Gets Poor Marks in Its American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card (Chicagoist)
  • Active Trans Victim Advocate Was Injured by a Driver Who Ran Stop Sign, Wasn’t Ticketed
  • 1 Dead, 6 Injured After Robbery and Assault Suspect Crashes on the Eisenhower (Patch)
  • CTA Bus Driver Crashes Into Social Service Center in Craigin (NBC)
  • Volkswagen Settlement Could Lead to New Electric School Buses for Area Schools (Tribune)
  • 1800 Block of North Milwaukee Could See 2 Different TOD Projects (Curbed)
  • Brookfield Seeks Input on Active Transportation Plan (Active Trans)
  • “Pedalheads” Bike-Ed Classes Will Be Taught at 4 Outlets in CPS Schoolyards (DNA)
  • Open Thread: What Transportation Amenity Should Be Named After Obama (Curbed)
  • Low Line Community Meeting 3/28, 6-8 PM Lincoln-Belmont Library (Lakeview Chamber)

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  • planetshwoop

    I am always deeply frustrated by the annual appearance of the ASCE report. While I have no doubt that there is need for infrastructure improvements, rating the entire nation as a D+ is just… dumb.

    1) What would we expect the people who stand to significantly benefit from increased construction projects to project? It will always be bad. It reminds me of financial planners who constantly shame people for not saving enough for retirement. Probably true, but the motives are not entirely altruistic.

    2) It never includes a critical discussion of alternatives, e.g. move more freight to rail cars to ease damage to roads, invest in longer lasting assets (transit) over roads, etc. It implies all needs to be fixed.

    3) The $3400 in disposable income saved would probably be consumed in some way by additional taxes to pay for the work to fix this. That may be an appropriate trade-off, but the discussion excludes that. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    Like, at what point do we reach “peak road”? The ever expanding network costs more to maintain than we obtain in benefits?

  • planetshwoop

    Given the snow, this Lyft ad seems timely. I’m not a fan of Lyft or Uber but since it’s set in Chicago (South Side even!) and is quite good it feels worth sharing.


Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, April 21

Loop Link BRT Construction on Washington Starts Tomorrow (DNA) Sun-Times: Claypool May Become Emanuel’s Chief of Staff; Rauner Appoints 2 CTA Board Members Emanuel Scoffs at Idea of Approving “Right to Work” Zones in Exchange for CTA Funding (Capitol Fax) Plan Commission Approves TOD Towers at Max Gerber Site in Logan Square (Curbed) Trucker Who […]

Today’s Headlines

Active Trans Releases Its 2014 Active Transportation Platform for Municipal Elections Transit Workers Union Endorses Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor (Sun-Times) Plan Commission Approves Parking-Lite Development at 830 N. Milwaukee (Curbed) “Ridescore” Ratings Give Chicago a C+ for Its Treatment of Ride-Share Companies (DNA) Local Gas Prices Hit a 5-Year Low (DNA) After Pedestrian Fatally […]

Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, December 6

Transit Advocates: Trump Infra Plan Could Fund Downtown Rail Expansion (Crain’s) Chicago to Host Global Forum on Urban Waterfront Development (Curbed) Truck Driver Fatally Struck Man, 59, on 100 Block of West Congress Last Week (DNA) Motorist Seriously Injured Man, 43, in Naperville Early Sunday Morning (Sun-Times) Parts of Green, Pink Line Closed as Man […]

Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 8

IDOT’s Multiyear Transportation Plan Is Disappointingly Car-Focused (Active Trans) Planning & Development Hosts Meeting to Discuss Future of N. Branch Corridor (Curbed) $8.4 Million Ped Bridge Would Be Built as Part of a Bus Service Expansion on I-90 (Tribune) Woman Killed in 4-Car Pileup After Driver Blows Red Light in Avondale (Tribune) Metra Blames Amtrak […]

Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, January 17

Active Trans: Increase Enforcement Without Unfairly Targeting Low-Income Neighborhoods Speakers Discuss Race, Inequality, and Economic Growth at MPC Event 3 Killed, 1 Injured in Eisenhower Expressway Crash (CBS) 12-Year-Old Boy Dies After Crash In Barrington Park (Tribune) 7 Injured After SUV Driver Blows Red Light, Strikes CTA Bus (CBS) Woman Steals Car, Crashes It Into […]