Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, February 14

  • UIC Researchers: O’Hare Express Is “A Flashy Solution in Search of a Problem” (Crain’s)
  • CTA Has Reached Tentative Deal With Train Operators, Others, Including Raises (Tribune)
  • Woman Killed When Carjacker Crashes Stolen Taxi in River North (Tribune)
  • Driver Charged With 6th DUI in Aurora After Crashing Twice Within 5 Minutes (Tribune)
  • Man in Custody After Running Onto Red Line Tracks, Causing Shutdown (Tribune)
  • Union Pacific Engine Derailment Near Western Causes Metra Delay (Sun-Times)
  • 1871 Tech Incubator Names Betsy Ziegler as Its First Female CEO (Crain’s)
  • Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association Show Starts Wednesday in Schaumburg (BRAIN)
  • Expedia Will Receive the Business Leadership Award at Active Trans‘ 3/7 Gala

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  • O’hare expres:

    Actually when you come right down to it the reversible lanes on the Kennedy should be dedicated bus lanes. Why have express service (beyond the blue line) just to O’Hare. There could be express bus service to a lot of other places all at the same time.

    Scream away car drivers at the coming loss of the reversible lanes. The expressway is already congested it so can’t get any more congested. The only solution is more lanes. And we all know how that works by now. It doesn’t. So give em up and hand em over!

  • Kevin M

    Here’s another potential problem/cost to any (arguably) unnecessary new transit project such as the O’Hare express train or Red-line extension (* see note below): it ties up (and therefore raises the cost of) similar resources that could be needed for other transit projects or maintenance.

    * note: I’m referring to the City’s preferred route–which requires far more new construction than the alternative option converting the MED from commuter to rapid transit service.

  • david vartanoff

    and, unlike other huge opportunities for graft, this could be achieved in several months at minimal cost.

  • Cameron Puetz

    Assuming the ridership numbers supported it, these buses could hit several hubs in the city as well with minimal additional cost. Half the busses headed downtown could go to the Loop, while half go to River North. Alternately, some could go to the West Loop as that area continues to draw more commuters.

  • Kevin M

    I like your suggestion for its low-cost, high-impact, short-up-time qualities. There’s just one challenge that you didn’t mention that I think would need to be figured out somehow: the Kennedy’s express lanes don’t exist north of Irving Park. The 90/94 interchange is a hellish traffic jam (even for the current express traffic–which merges with local lanes).

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    But since the reversible lanes are only south of Irving Park would this actually save any time over the Blue Line?

  • BlueFairlane

    It would not. It would actually increase time, as the bus would have to cross traffic to both enter and leave the reversibles, and then it’s just in traffic.