Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 14

  • Glenview Residents Pack Forum on Amtrak Project (Tribune)
  • Parade Route and Road Closures for Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade (WGN)
  • Rahm Moving Full Speed Ahead on O’Hare Expansion (Crain’s)
  • Columbus Drive Bridge to be Closed Tomorrow for Testing (Sun-Times)
  • Poll Says Participants Support O’Hare Express Line (Crain’s)
  • CTA Adding Passenger Information Bar to Digital Platform Displays (Sun-Times)
  • Industrial Tenants Want More Parking in New Developments (RE Journals)
  • Anne A

    I’ve been noticing the change to CTA’s street level digital displays in the Loop for a few weeks now. Having constantly updating arrival info is a welcome, helpful change.

  • FlamingoFresh

    It’s a good change considering that not too long ago you’d have to watch 3 or 4 advertisements before train times popped up. It was troubling to see how much the CTA put advertisements and money over their riders.

  • FlamingoFresh

    As far as the poll goes, I didn’t take it but I assume the question was a pretty plain question like: “Do you support the O’Hare Express Line”. As if it is a yes or no question that doesn’t address the resources and hours footed by tax payers while there’s other more pressing transportation investments that are being neglected. Other than this poll I haven’t heard crazy support of the express outside of the city officials.

  • Jeremy

    I agree. When presented with specifics (ie. only one station outside of O’Hare, 15-20 minute headways, necessity of taking a taxi from downtown stop to hotel, etc.), I bet most people will realize this is a bad idea.

    A $30 fare means this is only useful for people traveling alone. Why pay $60 or $90 for train tickets, only to have to also pay a taxi fare?

  • ardecila

    Re: industrial buildings need more parking… the comment mostly pertained to suburban facilities, I think. The point of the article was to suggest that industrial buildings might be used as a traditional bulk warehouse (lots of goods, few employees) or an e-commerce (fewer or smaller goods, many more employees doing fulfillment).

    Obviously if the business has more employees, they will need more parking. Even in areas with “good” transit like the I-55 corridor on the SW side, the start/end times of shifts may fall in a time with little or no bus service.

  • Anne A

    This is exactly why I appreciate the change. There were times before the change when I would approach a station, just see the ads and not know if the next train was coming immediately or in 5 minutes. This makes it much more useful for passengers.

  • CIAC

    That’s a non-sequitur. The money from the advertisements are spent on the CTA system, which is used by its riders . So it’s tough to see how you can see these things compete with each other. At least that’s true if one assumes that not all the money from the advertisements just goes to pay raises for CTA employees.

  • Kevin M

    Ad revenue is an optional funding stream for transit. Great transit systems exist in this world without digital ads mixed with transit times. The last time I rode the Paris Metro, its transit screens were void of distracting/annoying ads. We mustn’t forget the public own public transit, and therefore the public can demand limitations in advertisement usage if it wants to. The funding gap can be filled by other streams, reduced expenses, or both.

    Imagine you lived in an co-op apartment building and a corporation wanted to pay your co-op to put a digital billboard on your building. You and members of your community have the right to object to that.

  • Anne A

    I wouldn’t consider it a non sequitur. While ad revenue is helpful as another source of income for CTA, it’s frustrating when the way ads are displayed interferes with an important feature like displaying arrival information.

    The new format strikes a much better balance between the 2 functions. It looks like it might even allow for more ad revenue because the pause for arrival times no longer happens.

  • FlamingoFresh

    The intention of those digital display screens is to inform the riders of train times not advertising. It wouldn’t be there if it was just for advertisements. So logically, filling up the display screens with advertisements to the point where you have to stand around waiting defeats the intended purpose of the display screens. The advertisements are just there to make a quick buck and it got to the point where the priority of the advertisements exceeded the priority for its intended use.

  • Dennis McClendon

    Um, it’s the advertising company that paid to put in the screens.

  • FlamingoFresh

    Is that so? I didn’t know do you have a link or something that confirms this? I’d like to have more information on this.

  • Dennis McClendon