Today’s Headlines

  • Motorist Gabriel Herrera Charged With Killing Cyclist Suai Xie, Fleeing Scene (DNA)
  • Ventra Milestone: No More Chicago Card Use or Magnetic Card Reloading (Tribune, Tattler)
  • How to Make Ventra Payments Using Bank Cards or Phones (RedEye)
  • South Shore Becomes First Local Rail System to Offer Mobile Ticketing (Sun-Times)
  • Traffic Cam Protestors Target Tunney (Expired Meter)
  • CTA Contract Will Require More Security at Park & Ride Lots (Tribune)
  • Motorists Warned of Delays on Kennedy During Ohio Bridge Rehab (Sun-Times)
  • Senior Arrested for in South Shore After He Drunkenly Struck Cop With Car (Tribune)
  • Where Is It Legal to Lock a Bike to in Chicago? (RedEye)
  • Construction Begins on Permanent Skate Park in Grant Park (Tribune)
  • Public Invited to Escort the Ride on Chicago Into Town Tuesday (DNA)

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  • Speaking of Grant Park construction, I was gobsmacked yesterday (while tourguiding some out of town friends around downtown) to see piles of enormous styrofoam blocks all over Maggie Daley Park — a quick google turned up what’s happening, but I hadn’t heard of it before. Especially the ice ribbon sounds like it’ll be super fun this winter.

  • Cameron Puetz

    If the South Shore’s mobile ticket app is even half as good as Amtrak’s this will be a major win for riders. After using Amtrak’s mobile ticket system extensively this winter, I’m convinced that this is the future of train tickets.

  • Anne A

    It’s been like that for several months now.

  • Mishellie

    Oh man – I just looked over the plans and that looks like my childhood idea of a utopia! I would never want to leave.

  • I would love if they could integrate with Apple Passbook. Using Passbook to board airplanes is a breeze.

  • Regarding the Kennedy-Ohio bridge rehab… if IDOT is diverting thousands of drivers onto local roads this has the potential to disrupt transit, and transit in Chicago doesn’t really have the capacity to take on this load during peak times without adding more buses. So it’s going to be a competition for road space.

    ~“We are stressing the city is still open. There are a lot of events and festivals. If you don’t need to come through this area, don’t come through here. Or come early. Find an alternate,“ Quigley said. “If you are coming through this area, consider mass transit.”~

  • Ryan Wallace

    Other than the fact that the (vast) majority of people that own phones don’t have an Apple.

  • I see from the Grant Park skate park article that construction will soon begin on the Roosevelt Road raised/protected bike lane:

    “Separately, construction also will soon begin along Roosevelt Road, between State Street and Columbus Drive, to widen sidewalks and create a buffer of trees between bike and car lanes, integrating the nearby CTA station with Grant Park, Soldier Field, Northerly Island and the Museum Campus.”

  • mf

    they will be used to augment the ground and create artificial hills.

    source: I’ve been attending the skate park meetings