Category: Transportation

Boeing's disastrous 737 Max crisis management

President Trump has grounded all Boeing 373 MAX planes when the ultra stubborn Federal Aviation Administration and the Chicago-based airplane maker wouldn’t. Good for Trump. Right, I don’t know if the plane is safe to fly (i.e. ride in), but here’s the irony. Media critics are blasting news organizations for acting is if they already... Read more »

Do yourself and others a favor; eat roadkill

That’s what we’re advised because, “…Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals.” Gag. But that’s serious advice, provided by the serious Pew. Between 1 million and 2 million large animals are hit by vehicles every year in the United States in accidents that kill 200 people and cost nearly $8.4 billion in damages,... Read more »

No surprise: O'Hare Airport project "smells of backroom deals"

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin smells  “backroom deals” and “smoke-filled rooms” in the latest multi-billion plan to yank the 1950s-style O’Hare International Airport into the 21st Century. Kamin was referring to the selection of five firms that are finalists for the the $8.5 billion airport expansion that include a new global “super terminal.” He complained... Read more »
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Dan Ryan: Gone, but forgotten

Who is Dan Ryan to have a Chicago expressway named after him? Does anyone younger than 70 have a clue about who this jamoke is? That’s basically the question that Chicago mayoral candidate Billy Daley was asking when, in a brazenly transparent grab for black votes, he suggested that the Interstate highway on the South Side... Read more »

Problems with Elon Musk's underground rocket trip to O'Hare Airport

Before we all swoon under the hypnotic hype about Elon Musk’s proposal to build a high-speed automated people-mover between O’Hare Airport and the Loop, a few questions need to be asked. Oops, too late. As with every “bold, new mega project” here, the wowzers, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and assorted “mover and shakers” (i.e. The Connected) expect... Read more »

All aboard the fantasy express to O'Hare Airport

Imagine zooming 125 m.p.h underground from downtown to O’Hare Airport on a new express train and getting there in plenty of time of find out your flight has been delayed–again. Imagine making that trip in a promised 20 minutes from O’Hare to downtown after it took your flight 20 minutes to get to the terminal gate... Read more »
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Frontier Airlines' macro aggression against its passengers

The airlines’ reputation for jerking around its passengers, treating them as if they were cargo instead of people continues to grow unabated. Add this to the outrages,  in case you’re thinking of flying Frontier: Yesterday Frontier Airlines rang in the New Year in San Antonio by cancelling all of their flights WITHOUT notifying their passengers. Travelers were... Read more »

Build the Franklin St. connector

The Franklin Street Connector was a proposed link between the Dan Ryan Expressway and an interchange with Lower Wacker Dr. It didn’t materialize, but it was never more needed than when it was proposed in the early 1970s. Evidence of its need is the constant and annoying backup on the northbound Dan Ryan leading to the... Read more »

Rahm's latest flight of fancy: a high-speed subway train to O'Hare

Chicago’s public schools are broke, property taxes are sky high, savage gang wars rake the South and West sides, and so on and so on. So here comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel ballyhooing an out-of-sight costly subway to link the Loop and O’Hare Airport with high-speed trains. (Here and here.) Irresponsible. Nutty. Insane. The cost, disruption... Read more »
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United Airlines pries a paying passenger out of his seat

No it wasn’t because he was stuck in one of those ever-shrinking seats in the back of the cattle car euphemistically called the economy section. It was because United needed four seats for a flight crew that had to be in another city. United had “overbooked” the flight and four passengers had to go, whether... Read more »
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