Today’s Headlines for Thursday, May 12

  • Emanuel Names Zopp Deputy Mayor, Expands South Side Bus Routes (Tribune)
  • Relaunched Lincoln Bus Will Have Limited Hours — Can It Meet Ridership Goal? (Sun-Times)
  • 31st Street Bus Will Relaunch on June 20 as Well (Tribune)
  • Park District Approves $3.5 Million to Begin Big Marsh Bike Park Construction (DNA)
  • 36th Ward Residents Vote for Sidewalks, Crosswalk in PB Election (DNA)
  • Sorry Mountain Bikers, That Green Space by the River at Harrison Is Being Developed (Crain’s)
  • Plans for the Ike Could Include Wider Blue Line Platforms, New Ped Bridges (Tribune)
  • DNA Looks at the Milwaukee Avenue Bike Counter Project
  • Two Cafés to Open at Damen Pink and Wellington Brown Line Stations (CTA)
  • Join Al Scorch as He Does a 6-Venue Music Tour by Bike This Saturday (Reader)
  • Bike 2 Sox With Active Trans on Saturday 5/22

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