Today’s Headlines for Monday, December 4

  • O’Hare Express Rail: Vision or Mirage? (Tribune)
  • The BGA Looks at IDOT’s Plan to Widen the Ike, Add Managed Lanes (Crain’s)
  • Johnnie Osborne, 62, Dies 12 Days After Driver Struck Him in Englewood (Sun-Times)
  • Police: Man Walking His Bike Along Kedzie/Homan Platform Accidentally Fell Onto Tracks (NBC)
  • Suburban Express Shuttle Service to U. of I. Blasted for Racist Ads (Tribune)
  • BBC Travel Checks Out Chicago’s Pedway
  • Cool Drone Footage of the Chicago Riverwalk (Curbed)

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  • rwy

    Crain’s misunderstands what congestion pricing is what it’s purpose is.

  • planetshwoop

    That’s not really Crain’s, as much as the BGA publishing via Crain’s.

    I hate comments like “$7B is wasted on fuel and time wasted” That is such a bogus, inflated thing. Sure, gas is wasted, but as far as time–if I save 20 minutes on my commute, I’m not going to “earn” 20 minutes more of income. Like almost everyone, I’m going to “spend” those extra 20 minutes looking at my phone, staring into space, etc. etc.

    Also, have we calculated the unbelievable waste of all those people driving in the first place? I understand not everyone can take public transit — makes sense. But surely *some* could? A little?

    Instead of congestion charges for new lanes, they should pay extra people to take transit. The resulting reduction in congestion would pay for itself.

  • Tooscrapps

    The nation’s economy is suffering because of March Madness and all the lost productivity!

  • rwy

    People could spend an extra 20 minutes in bed. It could be extra time with family. Reducing the time spent traveling isn’t a frivolous thing. But it should be weighed against the cost of houses taken by eminent domain, increased air pollution, increased noise, and increased traffic on surface streets.

    What people forget is that congestion is consequence of density. So yes, cars are moving slower. But they’re also traveling a shorter distance. So time wise it all even out.

    I think there should be a congestion charge for any cars within an area bounded by Oak, Clinton, Congress, and the Lakefront during rush hour.

  • planetshwoop

    I don’t doubt the value of time saved – I disagree with the idea that there is a monetary value we should assign to these as an argument. It feels important because you can give a quantitative feel ($7B dollars!!!)
    to a thing that is fairly arbitrary. Yes, you can spend time with your family etc. But the baseline of time wasted = extra over a “normal” commute is silly bc it’s simply not realistic.

    It takes me 5 minutes to slowly get out of Union Station when I take metra each morning. That means if I am paid $100/hour (ha!), I waste $1500 year. NO one is really advocating that we fix this problem because it seems dumb – yet it’s how we argue this.

  • ardecila

    Well, the slow approach to Union is a problem shared by all rail terminals. Trains have to make relatively sharp turns across switches to access one of several platform tracks.

    The “solution”, as it were, is to stop terminating trains downtown and through-route them to crosstown destinations, which is something that MHSRA is indeed advocating for, among other organizations.