Today’s Headlines

  • Waguespack Warns of Blue Line Rehab Headaches (DNA)
  • A Look at Obama’s Proposal for Transportation Infrastructure (MPC)
  • Uber Claims It’s Serving Low-Income Neighborhoods, Taxi Association Is Skeptical (DNA)
  • Woman Tries to Kill Herself & Son By Driving Into Vehicle, House (Tribune)
  • Teen Seriously Injured in Metra Crash in Norwood Park (Tribune)
  • Schaumburg School Superintendent Will Keep Job After DUI (Tribune)
  • Residents Brainstorm Transportation Ideas at “Envision Elgin” (Herald)
  • Orange Line Service Suspended Near Midway Last Night Due to Smoking Cable (Tribune)
  • Streetsblog Contributor Anne Alt Discusses the Dangers of Falling Ice (Medill)

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  • duppie

    DNA just reported that the teen hit by the Metra train has died.

  • David Altenburg

    That’s just great that the Trib reports an intentional collision as an “accident”.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Blue Line, schmoo Line. My question is the Red Line Rehab going to happen at the same time they plan to reconstruct Lakeshore Drive?

  • JacobEPeters

    It would make more sense to rebuild LSD with high capacity BRT infrastructure, including station bypass lanes. Then rebuild the Red Line, so that LSD BRT lanes could ferry Red Line passengers from northside stations to downtown during line cuts. Additionally, certain aspects of the Red Purple Modernization Project could be done in small sections, like a new Loyola transfer station, or Clark Junction Flyover, without having to shut down the whole line.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Trouble with putting BRT stations on LSD is you would have to build stairways (or even elevators) to portal people up to LSD to the stations. You’d have to have some kind of walking bridge so cross overs of passengers using northbound BRT can safely cross (similar to what you have a EL platforms). If you have a crazy winter with cold and snow, keeping it clean and accessible.

    Putting BRT on the inner Marine Drive would be a challenge too as a lot of buildings have their entrances directly on Marine.

    And what is a Clark Junction Flyover? And didn’t Loyola just get a new station?

  • JacobEPeters

    Since LSD already has pedestrian underpasses which will be expanded as part of the rebuilding, locating BRT stations at these underpasses would be logical. Center platforms for BRT would mean only one ramp would be needed, additionally, it would allow for the construction of the “express” bike lane that has been called for to provide a relieve valve to the congestion on the lakefront path. Similar to this example of BRT in Bogota. Buses that have right hand side doors could still use the BRT lanes by running like the 146, then running express with no stops to the Loop.

    The Clark Junction Flyover is a proposal for northbound Brown Line trains to cross the Red and Purple Line tracks on an elevated “flyover”. This would allow more Red Line trains to run per hour by eliminating the periods where the Red Line must wait for a Brown Line train to cross over these other 3 tracks.

    Loyola received a new plaza and a station upgrade like all the other Red Line north stations. Rebuilding it as a transfer station for Red & Purple Line trains is a long term goal, since Loyola serves 7k passengers a day.

  • duppie

    Loyola got a new paint job. That is all. It is supposed to last until the red line refurbish rebuild all stations north of Belmont from the ground up (I hear 5-10 years from now, based on funding availability). Except for Wilson, which is about to be rebuilt in the next 2 years or so.

  • Shlabotnik

    please excuse my ignorance, is the clark junction flyover officially part of the red line rehab? If so are there any sketches?

  • WestLooper

    I see your point but in the context of the story it made clear it was intentional. Seems like the author was using “accident” as a poor synonymy of “crash”. Sloppy but hardly outrageous.

  • Matt F

    I think David is referring to the larger point that in our culture we have a tendency to call any collision an ‘accident.’ The word accident seems to imply no fault, and ‘collision’ is in many regards a better word to describe what actually happened.

    In other words, nearly all contextual accidents are collisions, but not all collisions are accidents. And if we can get news sources to differentiate, it can change the perception people have when collisions occur and who is at fault.

  • JacobEPeters

    It has been included in the alternatives analysis, but as with the entirety of the RPM project, it doesn’t exist as much more than a line on a map. I would guess it would involve a junction coming out of the Belmont station so that purple lines could continue north on the existing tracks, with the Brown Line rising up on a ramp to overpass the other lines. This would require the demolition of 5 structures

    However, it would likely be less expensive from a property acquisition standpoint to have the Brown & Purple rise up onto a higher structure in the right of way they currently share, then on a flyover junction the Brown Line would head west & the Purple Line would proceed down to the regular elevated level on another ramp. This would be much more disruptive in terms of the construction phasing it would require, & would be more expensive from a construction cost standpoint. It would have to be studied whether the property acquisition would be more expensive than the building of a more complex interchange on a more constrained site.

  • skyrefuge

    In the author’s defense: “accident” is used twice in the story. The first time it’s required to be there, since “leaving the scene of a personal injury accident” is presumably the official name of the offense that she’s being charged with. If this semantic issue is a big concern, someone needs to first get the legislature to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code, because the term “accident” is used everywhere in it.

    The article’s second use of “accident” was unnecessary, but a charitable interpretation says it may have just flowed naturally out of the first use. Note that in yesterday’s and today’s Trib stories about the woman killed in Aurora, the word “accident” was never used (even though it may have been semantically appropriate in that case!)

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    How much park land is going to be taken to put BRT on LSD? This probably means taking out the landscaped median which makes the road very attractive. Even if you lose a traffic lane in each direction to accomodate a BRT and a bike lane, you probably are going to have to appropriate park land.

    The Berwyn underpass is quite a distance from Sheridan Road. Addison’s underpass is nearby, but at the same time you have the boat harbor’s right there. Unless your going to dredge out new harbors, quite an undertaking. Its probably a 1/2 mile walk from Clark St to Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton. All that open space with no protection from rain and snow. At it’s narrowest between Oak and North Avenue, unless there is serious landfill out into the lake I don’t see it happening.

    Taking two lanes in each direction out of LSD, probably won’t happen either as LSD is a US Hwy.

  • One option is to continue running the buses express, with no stops on the drive, but simply give them dedicated lanes.

  • JacobEPeters

    The stations would be located in the landscaped median, but the median would remain. BRT stations do not have to be at major streets, rather they have to be close to dense populations. Maintaining 2 lanes in either direction, with a BRT lane in each direction and a BRT bypass lane at station locations is entirely doable within the right-of-way. After all look how much space is taken up by on & off ramps making parts of the park inaccessible to park users.

    At Oak Street Beach, it would make sense to do some infill in Lake Michigan in order to smooth out the curve and help traffic move more smoothly, without destroying the beach itself. This act would create parkland on the non lakefront side of the highway, & allow space for an east west oriented BRT station. In places where appropriating parkland will make construction easier, I’d simply ask why so much park land is appropriated for private automobile parking…and start appropriating that for park land.

    I would not advocate for a Fullerton BRT station in the first phase because it is not close to population, although quite a few tourist destinations. To your point about no protection from rain and snow, BRT stations are well sheltered, in some cases more so than “L” stations.

  • Ryan Wallace

    It certainly appears at this time that the Red & Purple Modernization ( will happen before the North Lake Shore Drive project ( NLSD will take at least until 2017 before the Phase 1 study is complete. I am not positive if the EIS for the RPM is complete, but it is far closer. Also (and most importantly) there have been identified funding sources for RPM whereas there isn’t even a generalized cost estimate yet for NLSD.