Today’s Headlines

  • The Ashland-Western Coalition Gets Its Star Turn in the Sun-Times
  • Rogers Parkers Brave the Rain to Protest “Mistake by the Lake” Parking Garage (DNA)
  • Waguespack Opposes Lathrop High-Rise Due to Parking, Density Issues (DNA)
  • Family of Track Worker Hit by Train Sues Metra for Negligence (Tribune)
  • 911 Recording Reveals Driver Lied About Striking Cyclist in Skokie (Keating)
  • Wrong-Way Drunk Driver Incidents on Both Ike and Ryan (Tribune)
  • Ventra Customers Can’t Use Personal Bank Cards as Fare Cards Yet (RedEye)
  • The Ventra Help Line Was Swamped With Callers Monday (RedEye)
  • Workers Gripe About Paid Parking Coming to Cook Courthouse (Sun-Times)
  • Gallery: the Clark Bus Lane Is a Bus Lane in Name Only (Transitized)
  • Check Out the CTA’s New “Stay Off the Tracks” Ads (DNA)

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  • Re: BRT diverting traffic onto residential streets, a woman said:
    “It’s not worth the quality of life [change].”

    Build it and maybe she will understand that calming down traffic and creating a new way to get around the city without having to go through the loop might actually improve the quality of life. These people are really the ones with “heads in the clouds,” as a business owner (note: not a transportation system planner) also stated.

  • The “quality of life” lady described herself as an “avid cyclist” and former Critical Mass rider to me when I stopped by the Sun-Times interview session yesterday. I’ll be interviewing her later this week to get her perspective as a pro-bike, anti-BRT Chicagoan.

  • I can completely understand the residential streets concerns. But I also understand this project will reduce traffic, not make it worse. Every time I hear the term “carmageddon” I roll my eyes. Because it never happens. In fact, if the media do what they do best and instill unfounded fear in drivers about the “carmageddon,” drivers might not drive down Ashland – and then it never happens.

    Both times the media predicted that in California that’s what happened anyway. But as Roger Romanelli would say, “Chicago isn’t California.”

  • BlueFairlane

    Also, to be fair, comparing the Ashland BRT with the weekend closure of the 405 requires a rather enormous leap.

  • Going more for the “camageddon” concept than anything. Similar predictions happened for torn down freeways that were never rebuilt. The LA freeways example is just the most recent one in memory (and also uses the same term).

  • Roland Solinski

    John, I know you’re frustrated by DNAInfo’s biased coverage, but I think Ms. Rossi’s article is surprisingly balanced. It includes interviews with two supporters and info from CTA, as well as people who are on the fence but concerned about impacts. It’s about as good as you can reasonably expect for a mainstream newspaper covering a controversial government project.

    Hopefully supporters will show up to counter opponents at CTA’s meeting.

  • Actually, DNA’s coverage has been mixed. Some of their BRT articles have been pretty balanced. Rossi usually writes from a pro-car perspective, so this Sun-Times article isn’t as bad as it might have been. Not to toot my own horn, but I’d like to think that the preview of Rossi’s article I posted on Friday encouraged her to talk with BRT supporters:

    “Meanwhile, little media attention has been given to the dozens of
    businesses and organizations that are official supporters of the BRT
    plan, or the 1,700-plus residents who have signed a petition supporting the plan or contacted their aldermen to endorse it. Sun-Times transportation reporter Rosalind Rossi has a penchant for writing David-and-Goliath stories about conflicts between residents and City Hall. If Rossi follows the template used by almost all local reporters so far, the responses to the coalition members’ claims will come from CTA officials, rather than the many business and community leaders, as well as everyday Chicagoans, who support the BRT plan.”

  • Anonymous

    I currently use my bank card as my Ventra card, unfortunately I am only able to do this through adding money onto my card, which will be made unnecessary once it is possible to register my card through the Ventra website.

  • Chicagio

    I always like how people who cry about “carmageddon” never think to blame the cars for the problem, as if driving is some sort of a right or the default human condition. Next time I’m walking down the street during rush hour where there’s not enough room on the sidewalk for pedestrians, i’m going to scream, “It’s pedi-geddon!” or “It’s the walkpocolypse!”

  • BlueFairlane

    I’ve only ever heard the term “carmageddon” used in reference to the closure of the 405 for two weekends a year apart to rebuild a bridge in whatever they call that pass over the Santa Monica Mountains. I think San Francisco may have used it for similar closures of the Bay Bridge.

    And I can’t recall any torn down freeways in Los Angeles that weren’t rebuilt. The only example of such a thing I can think of in California is the Embarcadero in SF. Which ones are you referring to?

  • I’m talking about two weekends when they closed the 405 freeway in LA and the media (nationally) referred to it as Carmageddon. I haven’t heard it so widely used other than that incident.

    No freeways were torn down – that’s not what I’m referring to; in that case, I’m saying that even tearing down freeways doesn’t cause the traffic mayhem the media predict.

  • Anonymous

    “Next time I’m walking down the street during rush hour where there’s not enough room on the sidewalk for pedestrians, i’m going to scream, “It’s pedi-geddon!” or “It’s the walkpocolypse!””

    And someone will say “just walk down another sidewalk–they aren’t all this full”;

    or maybe

    “consider walking at another time of day–there’s plenty of space on this sidewalk before 4 am, between 9:30 and 10:15 am, from 2 to 2:45 pm and after 8 pm”


    “you could consider a different mode of travel”

  • Peter

    The term “anything-ageddon” is pretty stupid IMO :-)

  • Anonymous

    Car-mageddon-Gate: The corrupt origin-myth of Car-mageddon.

    How do you feel about Snow-pocalypse?

  • Chicagio

    Ahhh… but my ability to use a public sidewalk is a protected right. The ability to operate a motor vehicle is not.

  • Anonymous

    Who said anything about a motor vehicle?

    And, wherefrom does this ‘protection’ for using an uncrowded sidewalk supposedly arise?

  • Peter

    Yeah…not a fan of that one either.

  • Chicagio

    I thought you were being sarcastic. Now i’m confused.

  • Anonymous

    I was, I thought your reply was earnest (lotta earnestness around here (not quite an earne-geddon, tho, thankfully)), so I was confused, too. Sorry.

  • Peter

    A protected right? O yes now I remember… “Life, liberty, and the right to walk on the sidewalk”.