Today’s Headlines for Monday, March 13

  • Illinois Gets Poor Marks in Its American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card (Chicagoist)
  • Active Trans Victim Advocate Was Injured by a Driver Who Ran Stop Sign, Wasn’t Ticketed
  • 1 Dead, 6 Injured After Robbery and Assault Suspect Crashes on the Eisenhower (Patch)
  • CTA Bus Driver Crashes Into Social Service Center in Craigin (NBC)
  • Volkswagen Settlement Could Lead to New Electric School Buses for Area Schools (Tribune)
  • 1800 Block of North Milwaukee Could See 2 Different TOD Projects (Curbed)
  • Brookfield Seeks Input on Active Transportation Plan (Active Trans)
  • “Pedalheads” Bike-Ed Classes Will Be Taught at 4 Outlets in CPS Schoolyards (DNA)
  • Open Thread: What Transportation Amenity Should Be Named After Obama (Curbed)
  • Low Line Community Meeting 3/28, 6-8 PM Lincoln-Belmont Library (Lakeview Chamber)

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  • planetshwoop

    I am always deeply frustrated by the annual appearance of the ASCE report. While I have no doubt that there is need for infrastructure improvements, rating the entire nation as a D+ is just… dumb.

    1) What would we expect the people who stand to significantly benefit from increased construction projects to project? It will always be bad. It reminds me of financial planners who constantly shame people for not saving enough for retirement. Probably true, but the motives are not entirely altruistic.

    2) It never includes a critical discussion of alternatives, e.g. move more freight to rail cars to ease damage to roads, invest in longer lasting assets (transit) over roads, etc. It implies all needs to be fixed.

    3) The $3400 in disposable income saved would probably be consumed in some way by additional taxes to pay for the work to fix this. That may be an appropriate trade-off, but the discussion excludes that. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    Like, at what point do we reach “peak road”? The ever expanding network costs more to maintain than we obtain in benefits?

  • planetshwoop

    Given the snow, this Lyft ad seems timely. I’m not a fan of Lyft or Uber but since it’s set in Chicago (South Side even!) and is quite good it feels worth sharing.