Today’s Headlines for Monday, April 16

  • An Update on IDOT’s Plan to Use Private Financing Widen I-55 (Tribune)
  • Driver Charged With Homicide After Fatal Police Chase Crash in Rogers Park (Tribune)
  • Fallen Police Commander Led 2003 Chase That Killed a Bystander (Chicago Mag)
  • FBI Raid on Trump Lawyer Cohen Sought Ties to Chicago Cab Operators (Sun-Times)
  • Cahill: CMAP Should Add O’Hare Express [Boondoggle] to Its Priority Project List (Crain’s)
  • Emanuel Proposes a New Trail Connecting the Riverwalk to Chinatown (Sun-Times)
  • S. Lakefront Framework Plan Includes Emphasizes Jackson Park Water Features (Tribune)
  • “Aerial Cities” TV Show Offers a Fresh Perspective on CTA Infrastructure (Sun-Times)
  • Letter: Why Can’t Metra Cars Arrive on Time? (Tribune)
  • In Praise of Lakefront Trail Excursions in Challenging Weather (Tribune)

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  • Kevin M

    This should help reduce the bike lane blockage that is regularly experienced by downtown cyclists:

    Still, all the amount of the fine doesn’t make a difference unless it is enforced.

  • Anne A

    Regarding late arrival of Metra trains, I’ve used multiple apps and online sources. I’ve found Ventra’s transit tracker and Transit app to be the most reliable. Platform announcements tend to be hit or miss. For significant delays, Twitter is often one of the best sources – mostly comments from fellow riders, though this varies somewhat by line and time of day.

  • FlamingoFresh

    Wouldn’t the conversion of all these highways lead to a resistance of public transit infrastructure (i.e. bus lanes, etc.)? If these roadways will be used to generate revenue for the investing businesses, having a bus only lane or a positive push for any sort of transit will take away from revenue by removing more vehicles off the road. This would be something to look at and consider if these roads are being leased to businesses for profit.

  • Jeremy

    Same with an express to O’Hare. Would the group operating the line have veto power over other improvements in getting people to the airport?

  • Jeremy

    I rarely see people in the Loop writing tickets. I don’t even know if tickets will have an effect. Companies may just refuse to pay them. Would the city actually impound delivery trucks? One of the worst locations for illegal deliveries is the bus stop on LaSalle in front of a 7-11 across the street from City Hall.

  • Tooscrapps

    Right on. But we need to enforce the rules on the books.

    Deputize Dept of Finance personal to be able to cite certain moving violations: blocking the box, fail to yield to peds, driving in bike lanes, etc. Have a few teams of 3-4 of them moving around the Loop during the day, especially rush, snap & cite.

    SF does it, we can too:

  • rohmen

    Someone ran an article on this issue a few years ago, but i can’t find it now. My recollection is that the City essentially cuts deals with the delivery companies—so the tickets get paid, but essentially at a pretty decent discount. I’m sure most companies just factor it into the cost of business now and tell the drivers to just do what they think they need to do.

  • planetshwoop

    First, it really depends upon how you structure the leasing deal to allow for those kinds of carve-outs.

    Second, the motivation for transit would be that the prices go down on the roads. There is a network benefit.

    Under a lease deal, the state typically still owns the asset and the operator just leases/runs the asset. If they owned it outright that would be different, but that’s not typical.

  • planetshwoop


    So I do see UPS gets tickets. It’s crazy that they can’t use bucket bikes more for dense environments like the Loop.

    But worse than FedEx, UPS, et al is the Post Office. They are never ticketed, they park anywhere, and why not? No one appears to care.

  • planetshwoop

    Tickets won’t have an effect. The only way to move this around would be to pilot London-style pay-to-get-into-the-Loop for delivery vehicles during the day time. It might motivate them to move to towards more efficient/fewer vehicles, and would improve the safety for other road users. (Like, FedEx is irritating, but Iron Mountain…. I despise.)

  • Tooscrapps

    My recollection is that the USPS claims federal immunity from parking tickets. Cities have tried to collect to no avail. I’m guessing that most don’t even try anymore.

  • Tooscrapps

    NYC definitely does this but I haven’t heard Chicago doing it though. It is definitely is factored into their cost of doing business.

  • FlamingoFresh

    Your second point maybe a network benefit but if that results in less revenue then its an investment detriment and that would not be liked or supported by the operator.

    Yes I know how leases work but have you taken a look at the street parking lease that Chicago approved of. The City is getting bent over the barrel even as owners because they tied their hands with that lopsided deal.

    Obviously in a lease frame work that is properly laid out and covers all bases is desired, but what exactly are the specifics that must be laid out and protected in order to ensure that transit will receive top priority when it’s all said and done. Also do you trust that the people in charge of these deals are competent enough to come up with such a well thought out lease?