Today’s Headlines for Friday, September 28

  • Congressional Candidates Respond to Active Trans Transportation Questionnaire
  • New CNT Analysis Shows the Economic Benefits of Red Line Extension (Active Trans)
  • Woman Charged With Fatal Hit-and-Run That Killed Brett Beckett, 52, in Antioch (Sun-Times)
  • Video: Al Bocanegra Jr., Murdered After Confronting Driver, Remembered by His Brother (Tribune)
  • Northwestern Grad Student Who Pushed Man Onto ‘L’ Tracks Gets 3 Years (ABC)
  • Work on Jeff Park Rehab Begins Monday, Including 3-Week Outbound Bypass (Block Club)
  • Kids on Wheels Program Provides On-Bike Education to Youth (Active Trans)
  • Unlike the Yankees, the Cubs Allow Bike Helmets in the Ballpark (Bicycling)
  • DUI Crackdowns in Austin, Morgan Park This Weekend (Block Club)

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  • Courtney

    The Red Line extension seems inevitable but I truly believe BRT and increasing the frequency of Metra would be a much better investment. Plus residents can utilize BRT a lot sooner than the Red Line extension.

  • Carter O’Brien

    I’d prioritize fixing the mess known as “rush hour control” lanes over BRT. Right now, if CPD actually enforced the no parking law in conjunction with CDOT and the Mayor’s Office making it crystal clear this is not space for motorists to try and squeeze by traffic on the right, there is space on most major arterial streets for the bus to have its own lane.

  • Courtney

    I’m more of a fan of removing a lot of the on-street parking on streets like Western, Ashland, Sheridan Rd., Clark, etc and building small parking garages.I realize parking garages are not viewed with much positive regard in the urban planning community and I’m not a huge fan of them BUT my view changed once I read this article:https://sf.streetsblog.org/2018/09/12/the-dutch-vision-for-sustainable-transportation/

    I’d much rather have small parking garages vs lots of on-street parking that takes away space for bus-lanes and biking lanes. IF WE INVEST IN FREQUENT TRANSIT AND ROUTES THAT QUICKLY GET PEOPLE FROM NEIGHBORHOOD TO NEIGHBORHOOD (Rogers Park to Humbolt Park for example or Logan Square to Lincoln Square) perhaps lots of people would be happy to give up their cars and take transit.

    I don’t think things like rush hour control are a huge factor in the disconnect between the far South Side and the rest of the city. BRT can be a lifeline and it can be built much more quickly with much less displacement. We already have Metra infrastructure. It’s a “simple” fix of improving frequency and improving bus and safe biking connections.

  • Carter O’Brien

    The rush hour parking issue is simply low hanging fruit. Agreed it is not a cure-all by any stretch, but, it can get people to the Red Line from high density neighborhoods such as Humboldt and Logan Square by making the bus far more efficient. Removing parking solves all kinds of problems, but the damned privatization scheme now makes that a more expensive approach.