By now people are probably figuring out that working for Uber is not like the TV commercials. Drivers are not happily playing guitar on their couch one minute and in their car working the next. Uber drivers in Chicago have been carjacked and shot. Uber has been embroiled by an endless string of scandals at … Continue reading Rideshare Gone Wrong
In the last fifteen years or so speed bumps have been installed on many, perhaps even the majority of, side streets in the city. There is a Chicago Department of Transportation program called “Traffic Calming” that is responsible for this. In the end it seems neighborhood residents are paying for the right to live in … Continue reading Side Street Speed Bumps: Where is the Benefit?
The CTA Elevated system is as much a symbol of Chicago as the Lakefront, the Chicago Theater or any of our major sports franchises. As you travel through neighborhoods across the city you will frequently hear the sound of moving trains. Sometimes you catch a glimpse between two buildings when you did not know it … Continue reading The Loop Elevated – Heartbeat of Chicago
It is easy to dismiss the Loop Link Project. Taking a lane on a busy Downtown Chicago street and giving it over completely to buses sounds like it very well might be a recipe for worsening congestion. There have been articles and comments posted online which suggest it is not contributing anything positive. But here is … Continue reading The Loop Link Project may Have Value
It would be fair to say that bicycle riders have been given a high level of consideration over the last several years. Bicycle lanes have sprung up everywhere despite the fact that they are lightly used. We now have bicycle racks on the front of CTA buses. Then, of course, there is the Divvy bike-sharing program. … Continue reading Finally, Some Limits on Bicycle Riders
Encouraging people to wander into traffic at will is dangerous. By now everyone in Chicago has seen at least one “State Law – Stop for Pedestrians within Crosswalk” sign in the middle of the street. These signs, and the law they represent, don’t do anything but create problems. The 2010 law says that you have to completely … Continue reading State Law – Grow Up
All in all this project doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. The city has big debt problems, the state has big debt problems and the Feds have big debt problems. As a matter of fact there are big debt problems in Asia and Europe as well. If everybody’s broke where would the funding … Continue reading The Belmont CTA Flyover: Probably Unecessary