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 Thursday, April 6

Editorial: To Reduce Crashes, CTA Should Assign Veteran Drivers to Toughest Routes (Sun-Times) MPC: If Chicago Was Less Segregated We Could Save Lives, Futures, and Money Time Looks at the CREATE Project to Unclog Chicago Freight Traffic Chicago Woman Sues Uber After Fellow Passenger Allegedly Stabbed Her During Ride (Tribune) Army Corps of Engineers, Friends […]

Today’s Headlines for Monday, November 7

Sun-Times Looks at the Funding Behind the Safe Roads Amendment Ballot Referendum 1 Killed, 2 Injured After Driver Collides With School Bus in Garfield Park (Sun-Times) Police: Man Posing as Ride-Share Driver Sexually Assaulted Woman (Tribune) Car-Sharing, Ride-Share Companies Offer Discounts for Election Day (Tribune) Demolition of Children’s Memorial Hospital Is Nearly Complete (Curbed) World […]

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 […]

Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, January 18

Chicago Driver Dies After Head-on Crash in Lockport (Tribune) School Bus Rollover Crash on I-294 After Driver Suffers Seizure, No Serious Injuries (ABC) 170-Room Boutique Hotel Will Be Built Near Morgan Station (Curbed) Loop Tower Will Be Converted From Offices to Apartments (Curbed) Rubbish! Red Line Rerouted Last Night Due to Trash Fire on the […]

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

Transportation Officials Discuss Big Plans for Union Station (Sun-Times) Active Trans Shares a State Transportation Platform With Gubernatorial Candidates Ventra Records Used as Evidence to Charge Man With 3 Sexual Assaults on CTA (Fox) Private Company Offering Service from Chicago to Madison on Vintage Rail Cars (Travel Pulse) 7 Injured After CTA Bus Driver Crashes […]