Today’s Headlines

  • Speed Camera Trial Reveals an Epidemic of Reckless Driving (Tribune, DNA)
  • Editorial: Commuters Will Love Ventra, Once They Get Over Hating It (Tribune)
  • Man Sues CTA Over Alleged Ventra Overcharges (Sun-Times, NBC)
  • Going Public Counts 106 People in Line at O’Hare Farecard Machines Before Marathon
  • So-Called South Lake Shore Drive Extension Opens October 27 (Tribune)
  • Former Bears Quarterback Arrested for 6th DUI (Tribune)
  • Active Trans Wants Your Ideas for Improving Access to the Des Plaines River Trail
  • Green Machine Cycle Shop Focuses on Cargo Bikes (Bicycle Retailer)
  • West Chicago Man Builds Custom Steel Frames (Daily Herald)

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Note: due to the Columbus Day holiday, Streetsblog will not be publishing articles today.

  • Joseph Musco

    CTA really makes a bad impression with their fare machines at O’Hare.

    There were huge lines when the fare shifted to $5 as well. It’s a very cheap fix to add a surplus of machines to O’Hare so that when one machine goes down (as happens frequently) it does not cause delays. The CTA employees at O’Hare are very helpful but they should be explaining the transit system to travellers, not explaining how fare machines (don’t) work. Out-of-order fare machines and long lines are a poor way to welcome travelers to the City of Chicago.

  • CL

    “But despite have the legal ability to do so, the city will indefinitely delay issuing $35 fines to drivers who are caught going 6-9 mph over the limit.”

    Hurrah! No 31-in-a-25 tickets. I know I don’t go 10 over, even when I’m not sure of the speed limit. I wonder if this also applies to 20 mph school zones.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be really interested in how many of those 200k speeding incidents were repeat offenders over the course of that time. How many drivers/vehicles made up that 200k? What was the highest ticket warning count for a single vehicle?
    Also, how many of those 200k belonged to city vehicles?
    What hours of the day/which days were worst?

    We certainly have a vehicle lawlessness epidemic – usually driving 30-33 mph in Chicago nets you an angry driver speeding around you at their first opportunity. In 9 years of city living I’ve never seen a driver get pulled over for speeding…actually I don’t think I’ve ever seen a driver pulled over for traffic violations. I’d keep track of the number & location of drivers I see running red lights at the last second during my commute but I’d lose track of them by the time I got home/to work.

  • Anonymous

    I saw two separate people pulled over on Chicago Ave when the state police did the texting-and-driving sting on 90/94 the other week.

  • BlueFairlane

    Curious … were these people pulled over by state cops?

  • Anonymous

    That’s what the Trib was reporting the day I saw this. But I didn’t notice myself what kinds of officers they were.

  • BlueFairlane

    Fair enough.

    This makes me think, though, how unusual it must be for people to get pulled over in this town when it makes the Tribune.

  • Anonymous

    (1) It was an organized, publicized “sting” (stake-out, or ‘checkpoint’ more appropriate, imo). The Traffic Information signs were advertising it.

    (2) State police, bc on the expressway, which is state police jurisdiction.

  • Anonymous

    “I wonder if this also applies to 20 mph school zones.”

    It *absolutely* does–BUT, there has to be a child present in the photo/video of the offense. Because the 20 limit only applies (1) during school hours AND (2) when children are present.

  • BlueFairlane

    (1) I meant this sort of tongue-in-cheek.

    (2) Alex H was talking about people pulled over on Chicago Avenue, which isn’t the expressway. I thought this particular sting was exclusive to the expressway, which was why I asked who conducted the stops he saw..

  • CL

    I know it applies, I’m just wondering if you can go 9 over in a school zone (29 mph) without getting a ticket.

  • Anonymous

    It’s conceivable they were unrelated. I saw a car pulled over on Chicago Ave east of the expressway, and then on the other side I saw another car pulled over, and I heard someone say to her friend, “Yeah they keep pulling people over.” Got home and saw the Trib tweet. But, dunno.

  • Another thing the CTA and Ventra can do to get people moving at O’Hare is advertise the possibility of using contactless bank cards that a significant portion of air travelers likely have. Put it on a huge billboard inside the station and offer them a handbill to read after they’ve paid that says that they should probably register their card with Ventra so they don’t have to pay a full fare for every trip *after* their entrance into the system at ORD.

  • A: “Yeah they keep pulling people over.”

    B: “It’s so weird, right? They never do this!”

    A: “Inorite?”

  • This would be interesting data. And that’s just 9 cameras.

    The headline should be rewritten: Emanuel speed cameras may actually get 200,000 people to stop driving dangerously.

  • BlueFairlane

    It ultimately doesn’t matter. I was just curious.

  • Anonymous

    ” I thought this particular sting was exclusive to the expressway”

    Can’t escape the HiPo just by taking an exit. Real world not like Dukes of Hazzard.

    If same day, most likely bc HiPo followed exiting car.

    In any event, CPD pulling over two cars in close proximity for (apparent) traffic violations on the north side is itself rare enough to be newsworthy.

  • BlueFairlane

    Chicago Avenue is long, and Alex H was not originally specific about where on Chicago Avenue he saw the stopped vehicles.

    The fact that CPD pulling over two cars in close proximity was newsworthy was my original point. But if I ever need any nits picked, I’ll drop you a line.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know any other way to interpret what was reported–only issuing tickets to those going 10 over.

    Now, 31 in that school zone will cost you $100, if they get a kid in the frame.

    (relatedly–I’ve seen a number of moro…people argue that there will be more school zone accidents bc people cant possibly go 24 mph without staring at their speedo instead of watching the road. Which is quite possibly the most moroni…interesting road safety argument I’ve ever read)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I think the safe assumption is that Alex meant that he saw one car pulled over at Chicago & LSD and another at Chicago & 1st Avenue, while making reference to the texting-and-driving sting.

    I do admit to having read Alex’s first post above breezily.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, a lot of confusion perhaps.

    The Trib reported on the organized, 90/94 sting, conducted by the state police.

    Around the same time, I saw two cars pulled over on Chicago Ave, one just east of 90/94, the other just west of 90/94.

  • CL

    I don’t think going 24 means you won’t be able to see the road. More likely, problems will be caused by huge differences in speed on roads like Peterson. When I drove by after school let out, drivers who knew about the cameras were going 20 and confused drivers trying to go 40 were getting angry, swerving to pass, etc. There will be huge differences in speed for a while, until people start to get tickets and realize it’s enforced now.

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t think going 24 means you won’t be able to see the road.”

    Of course it doesn’t. BUT that is the *dead serious* argument of some moro… people who are anti-speed camera. There are some legit arguments against traffic-enforcement-by-camera, but “drivers are too stupid to maintain a legal speed and still pay attention to their surroundings” is not one of them.

  • CL

    Honestly, it is going to be distracting. I’m used to going roughly the speed limit, give or take a few depending on the situation, without looking because after living here so long I know how 30 feels. This is going to make me look down at my speedometer a lot more, and I don’t think that’s good.

    Of course I’ll still be able to see the road — as distractions go, it’s not nearly as bad as reading an entire text. But it’s going to be annoying.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. I may have to glance once to make sure I slowed down enough, but I don’t have too much trouble maintaining an even speed (barring stop’n’go traffic of course) once there, whatever it is.

    And, in any event, stopping distance (and crash survivability) is so much improved at 20 compared to even 30 that a slight reaction time delay (from staring down one’s speedo) is likely to result in increased overall safety.