Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 14

  • Sun-Times: ATA’s Call for Moratorium on Road Widening “Takes [Pro-Transit Argument] Too Far”
  • CPD’s Glen Brooks Discusses Bike Ticketing & Other Community Issues on Chicago Tonight
  • CTA Is Adding 4,800 Hi-Def Security Cams, on top of 4,800 Announced in February (NBC)
  • Driver Taken Into Custody for Possible DUI in Fatal N. Lawndale Rollover Crash (WGN)
  • GoFundMe Launched to Support Family of Fallen Cyclist Angela Park (Block Club)
  • Forest Preserve Sued Over Fatal Crash Involving Impaired Employee (Tribune)
  • Beale and Burke Hope to Cap Number of Ride-Share Drivers, Impose a Minimum Wage (Crain’s)
  • Old Division St. Bridge May Be Repurposed for Bike/Ped Access to Goose Island (Tribune)
  • How Metra Enforces Alcohol Laws and Rules on Its Trains (Herald)

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  • rwy

    The air quality in the region this summer has frequently been in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range. There very definitely needs to be a moratorium on expressway expansion.

  • Kevin M

    I hope every SB reader sends CMAP their comments on their 2050 plan. Here’s what I sent,

    “Our tax dollars stretch far further on rails, bus lanes, and bikeways than they do on automobile roads and highways. The former (trains, buses, and bikes) last longer and serve more people per dollar than most roadways and highways. We cannot continue to expand the most polluting, dangerous, inefficient form of transportation and actually expect that we’re also going to have better public transportation systems or usage. Chicago’s balance between private and public transportation has heavily favored cars for the past two generations and it needs to change. Europe has wonderful highways and roadways, but they also invest in their world-class public transportation systems–and their problems with automobile-related injuries, deaths, and pollution are significantly less than in our city, state, and country. Chicago and most of America needs a mode shift. I do not support any expansion of highways or creation of new highways in Chicagoland. I am fine with maintaining existing capacity (repaving, rebuilding bridges, etc), though I actually prefer reducing some automobile capacity by transitioning it to dedicated bus, bike, or train usage.”

  • Carter O’Brien
  • Courtney

    Oh yes, because car ownership hasn’t gone too far at all. *eye roll*
    Give people alternatives and expand options for transit riders so no one feels like they NEED a car to get around.