Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 16

  • Anti-Traffic Cam Candidates Ken Dunkin & Jason Gonzalez Lose State Rep Races (Sun-Times)
  • Police Search for Minivan From Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Senior in Chicago Lawn (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Critically Injures Woman & Girl in Cicero, Flees the Scene (ABC)
  • Motorist Injures 70-Year-Old Woman on Bike in Glencoe (Tribune)
  • Grand Rapids’ Successful BRT Line Is a Model for Chicago’s Ashland Plan (Active Trans)
  • Rehab of Lakeview’s Intelligentsia Building Will Swap Garage Parking for Apartments (DNA)
  • Waguespack: Lathrop Plan Needs to Address New Ridership on Diversey, Damen Buses (Sun-Times)
  • Ontiveros: Commercial Avenue Needs Better Infrastructure to Attract Businesses (Sun-Times)
  • Lawsuit: CTA Bus Driver Dragged Man Whose Foot Was Stuck in the Door (Sun-Times)
  • Charge Against the Red Line Cell Phone Jammer Reduced to a Misdemeanor (Tribune)
  • Closures of LSD’s Grand On-Ramp for Navy Pier Flyover Work (Sun-Times)
  • New “Express Drive” Program Lets Lyft Drivers Rent a General Motors Vehicle (Crain’s)

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  • Jeff Gio

    I love that Dunkin is known as the anti-traffic cam politician, while elsewhere he is known as the pro-Rauner democrat.

  • BlueFairlane

    I think the latter had orders of magnitude more to do with his defeat than the former, though the former is a nice side-effect.

  • Jeff Gio

    Hey, if we organize we can amass hundreds of votes! Hundreds!

  • JacobEPeters

    The Silver Line in Grand Rapids seems to be only marginally better than Jeffrey Jump w/ prepaid boarding. We should be aiming much higher for Ashland or Western BRT, which we seem to be based on initial plans.

  • Chicagoan

    Isn’t the plan to have the Ashland BRT commence at Irving Park? I don’t like that. Feel like it should commence at Foster, or way up where it meets with Clark.

  • JacobEPeters

    I was talking more about the right of way treatment than routing or scope of the plan. In terms of scope of the plan, the initial Ashland BRT would only be between Cortland & Archer, where the highest ridership demand & most congestion is experienced. Later phases could extend north & south in each direction. As for bus routing, extending Ashland north to where the #50 bus terminates is something that I believe should have been done years ago, but is entirely unrelated to the BRT project that is meant to address the chronic congestion along the initial project segment.

    In terms of how to route lines that would use the BRT, I have extensive ideas about this that do not fit within a comment section. (How do we spread the benefits of BRT beyond the short section of dedicated right of way?)

  • Chicagoan

    I know, I just felt like harpin’ on that part of the plan.

    Apologies, if I hijacked your post.

    Ever considered creating a blog? I’d definitely read your thoughts.

  • JacobEPeters

    No worries, you didn’t hijack at all. Our transit system is some sort of balance of routing, right of way treatments, and coverage areas. So many little improvements could redefine how it is used.

    Doing too many things right now to start a blog. Working on some content that in the long term might lend itself to starting one, but by then there might be a better medium.

  • Isn’t this our blog? Blogs are pretty hard to maintain and keep interesting and current. Unless you can be constantly adding content no one reads you. I’ve seen a lot of one-person blogs about really good ideas that eventually just sit there. John and Steven are really doing yeoman work keeping this blog current and connected.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Isn’t this your blog?

    But thanks for the kind words, and I’m glad you feel a sense of ownership of SBC — this site wouldn’t exist without support and feedback from readers like you.


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