Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, March 13

  • Why the O’Hare Expansion is Important for Chicago’s Future (Sun-Times)
  • North Shore Residents Rally Against New Rail Expansion (Daily North Shore)
  • Illinois Transportation Industry Seeing Job Declines (Tribune)
  • Two Injured After SUV Hits CTA Bus (NBC Chicago, CBS ChicagoTribune)
  • Chicagoans Invited to Weigh in on City’s Amazon Pitch (ABC 7)
  • Meeting Scheduled in Hinsdale to Discuss Widening of I-294 (Tribune)
  • Reddit Thread Highlighting Chicago’s Old Paved Roads (Reddit)
  • Elon Musk Says Hyperloop Will Prioritize Pedestrians and Cyclists (Business Insider)

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  • Tooscrapps

    “Two Injured After SUV Hits CTA Bus”

    Those darn vehicles, always getting into trouble without their drivers.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Give AJ a break — this is his third day doing headlines for us, so he hasn’t mastered avoiding “robot car language” yet.

  • Carter O’Brien

    I go both ways on this one, as to be fair, it is indeed the vehicle that is doing the hitting, as distinct from the fact it’s not terribly uncommon for people to physically strike CTA buses (especially when they don’t actually stop where they are supposed to).

  • Kevin M

    I call Bull Shit on the Daily North Shore’s claim that there were “more than 1200” rallying against the train siding. The only picture of the audience that their article includes shows the front 4 rows containing around 15 people and at least 4 empty seats.

    And another red flag on their journalism for not including any counter-point quotes for why the siding might *not* live up to the opponents claims, or why expanding the Hiawatha service *is* dependent on this project and also *is* a necessary approach to meeting increasing demand or, maybe addressing unsustainable IL highway budget expansion and, oh-yeah, that climate change thing.

    Someone should ask the people in Hinsdale if they would trade 12-lane I-294 for 3 railroad tracks.

  • ardecila

    Yeah I don’t love the way journalists cover infrastructure debates. Rather than delving into the details of why Amtrak/CN/Metra needs these sidings, they just present it as a faceless government project and contrast it with the personal impacts on the residents. People intuitively understand why expressways get widened, but “parking freight trains in our community” just seems problematic if it’s not accompanied by better explanation.

  • Cameron Puetz

    The two detailed complaints seemed to be that the hold over tracks weren’t long enough to be useful, and the parked trains would block access to the school. It seems that both of these problems could be solved by having a continuous third track so that the train being passed wouldn’t be forced to park and wait.

  • rohmen

    Agree on the reporting being lackluster here, but the personal impacts on residents can be real.

    I grew up in a town that was divided by freight train tracks, with the hospital on the east side, but the majority of residents on the west side. It wasn’t uncommon for miles-long trains to end up cuing in town, and cut off access to the east side of town for 15 to 20 minutes or more (that can mean a lot to someone having a stroke or heart attack). The issue was bad enough that the town eventually built an overpass at one of the major intersections to deal with it.

    Not saying the residents’ concerns justify not doing the project, or that they can’t be dealt with, but some of the concerns are valid, though the reporting could be much better (one person talks about first-responder issues, which I think is meant to go to the point noted above, but it’s not followed-up on at all).