Today’s Headlines for Friday, April 19

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  • Family of Virginia Murray, Killed by Trucker While Riding Divvy, Awarded $5.25M
  • Maria Mazanka, 90, Killed After Driver Makes Improper Left in Clearing (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Strikes Logan Square Apartment Building, No Injuries (Sun-Times)
  • CTA Driver: Police Ordered Crowd of “Unruly” Teens to Board His Bus at 59th/Cottage (CBS)
  • Metra Ad Campaign Will Raise Awareness Of Human Trafficking With a Help Line (Herald)
  • Plan Commission Grants CDOT Permission to Build New 41st Street Bike/Ped Bridge (Curbed)
  • Lakefront Trail Plan Is Being Developed for the North Shore (Tribune)
  • Residents Complain About Tree Removal From Griffin Bike Path (Tribune)

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Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 18

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  • Chicago Area Population Drops for the Fourth Straight Year (Tribune)
  • State Releases $20M for New Auburn Gresham Stop, Construction Planned in 2020 (Sun-Times)
  • Study: One Central, Including Transit Center, Will Generate $120B in Revenue (Curbed)
  • Officer Struck at Fatal Motorcycle Crash Scene, Chase Ends in Naperville Collision (ABC)
  • Up to 100 Car2go Vehicles Have Gone Missing (Crain’s)
  • 2 Cars Damaged After Concrete Falls off Red Line Embankment Wall in Rogers Park (ABC)
  • Chicago Sets Out to Repave More Streets This Year Than in 2018 (Tribune)
  • New EO Dockless Bike-Share System Launches at Northwester (North by Northwestern)
  • Tiered Bike Racks at Jeff Park Station Are Temporarily Closed for Construction (Chainlink)
  • Help Bike Lane Uprising Document Bikeway Conditions on 5/19, Get Doughnuts and a Party

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Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, April 17

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  • Editorial: How Chicago Can Avoid Scooter Mayhem (Tribune)
  • Metra Grills Amtrak Over February Fugazi that Stranded Nearly 100K Riders (Sun-Times)
  • Jackson Red Line Station Evacuated Due to Mechanical Problem (ABC)
  • Gold Coast Bus Evacuated Due to Forgotten Bags (Sun-Times)
  • Shuttle Bus Service With Racist Ads Is Now Under State Oversight (Tribune)
  • 6-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Heartland Cafe Site, Near Morse ‘L’ (Block Club)
  • Freemont Center Road in Lake County Will Get Bike-Friendly Shoulders (Tribune)
  • The Tribune Takes a Closer Look at the 95th Street Station Art

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Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, April 16

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  • Sun-Times Looks at Lyft’s NYC, DC, SF Electric Bike Recall
  • Uber Had the Same Braking Problem With Its Bikes, Never Told Anyone (WaPo)
  • Woman, 73, Crashes Into Mount Greenwood CVS (NBC)
  • 2-Hour Police Chase That Started in Bridgeport Ends With Crash in Schaumburg (Sun-Times)
  • Metra Launches COPS Crime-Reporting App (Sun-Times)
  • Advocates: Illinois Should Quit Suspending Licenses for Unpaid Parking Tickets (Sun-Times)
  • Legislation Would Allow Illinoisans to Promote Potholes on a Website (WSIU)
  • New Mural Database With Help Prevent Them From Getting Accidentally Removed (Block Club)
  • He’s So Full of Ideas, and Here Are Some Good Ones: A Chainlinker’s Bikeway Proposals
  • Young Professionals in Transportation Hosts Trivia Night Wed. 5:30 at South Loop Bar Louie

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Today’s Headlines for Monday, April 15

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  • NIMBYs Have Launched a FB Group Against 100% Affordable Logan TOD
  • IG Joe Ferguson Discusses the Challenges of Ending Aldermanic Prerogative (Sun-Times)
  • Sigcho Lopez: Developments Along El Paseo Should Have 30% Affordable Housing (Block Club)
  • Yet Another Crisis Delays the Blue Line Near O’Hare as Car Driver Crashes Nearby (WGN)
  • Union Official: More Training Might Have Prevented Last Week’s CTA Derailment (Sun-Times)
  • Snow Leads to 1,000 Canceled Flights at O’Hare (Herald)
  • Lyft Recall E-Bikes After Braking Issue; Chicago Isn’t Using the Same Model (WGN)
  • Chicago River Trail Coalition Advances Goal of a Continuous Car-free Route (Active Trans)
  • Female Ride-Share Users Share Concerns and Safety Tips (Tribune)
  • Ken Griffin, Who Gave $12M for LFT Separation, May Be Moving to NYC (Chicago Mag)
  • Want Garbage by Metra Tracks Cleaned up Fast? Tweet About It (Block Club)

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An ad for UberPOOL in Chicago. Photo: flickr user Lauren

Emanuel: Chicago Is Now the First U.S. City to Publish Detailed Ride-Hailing Data

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Since at least 2017, the Active Transportation Alliance has advocated for making ride-hailing trip data public so that we can have a better sense of its impacts on the local transportation network and plan and legislate accordingly. The report of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transportation and Mobility Task Force, released last month, made the same recommendation.

Today Emanuel, along with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Department of Innovation and Technology, announced that Active Trans will get its wish, since the city is publishing anonymized data from ride-hailing apps for providers like Uber, Lyft, and Via, on its Open Data Portal. According to the city, this makes Chicago the first city in the nation to publish detailed ride-hailing data.

“Making comprehensive and secure data available to the public is a fundamental element of good governance and a pinnacle of this administration,” said Emanuel in a statement. “With this information, we will better understand our transportation landscape and be prepared to solve future mobility problems.”

The city says the publication of these data sets, which will be updated quarterly as the ride-hailing companies share data with the city, represents early progress towards the task force report’s recommendations, and moves Chicago towards data uniformity and transparency.

Included in the publication are three sets of ride-hailing data:

  • Registered vehicles, including:
    • Make, Model, and Year
    • Month of last inspection
    • Total trips completed
  • Registered drivers, including:
    • Driver start month
    • City of Residence
    • Total trips completed
  • TNP trips, including:
    • Starting and ending location, collected by census tract
    • Starting and ending time rounded to nearest 15 minutes
    • Trip fare rounded to nearest $2.50 and tip rounded to nearest $1.00

The data is anonymized to protect the privacy of customers and drivers. Driver names are not included, trip times are rounded to the nearest 15 minutes, fares and tips are rounded to the nearest $2.50 and $1.00 respectively, and locations are aggregated by census tract. Additionally, further aggregation methods are undertaken to expand zones that had fewer than 3 trips in a given time period. A full explanation of the anonymization methods can be found here.

This information is published in a similar format to taxicab data, which the city says achieves the task force’s recommendation to develop uniform data sharing requirements. According to the city, the number of ride-hailing trips in lower-income community areas has doubled since 2015. “We encourage city partners, academic researchers, and curious residents to explore the data to better understand the impact of ride-hailing services in Chicago,” a city news release stated.

“The availability of [ride-hailing] data on the city’s Open Data Portal is vital to our ability to be innovative around the future of mobility,” said Brenna Berman, executive director of City Tech. “This data will inform our work to develop focused, collaborative, cross-sector pilots that further the recommendations made by the City’s Task Force.”

Ride-hailing companies are licensed through BACP’s Public Vehicles Division as Transportation Network Providers. At this time, there are only three licensed TNPs in Chicago: Uber, Lyft, and Via. As it stands, ride-hailing drivers must have their vehicles annually and undergo a uniform background check prior to starting work. Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has said she will align licensing fees and background check requirements for ride-hailing drivers with the currently more stringent requirements for cabbies.

All right data geeks, now that this info is public, go out there and make us some cool, informative maps!

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