Category: Transportation

It's the logistics, stupid

After every crisis, after every disaster, there’s always a politician, journalist or other mentally challenged person who demands to know why help hasn’t shown up. Right now. Lickety split. As if there’s a facility, like a 24-hour manned firehouse, in which doctors wait around so they can be free to  rush to the scene of a... Read more »

Finally! Investigators probe waste and corruption at O'Hare Airport

UPDATE: Read the Better Government Report here. “No other major airport has borrowed so much, and accomplished so little, records show.” Original post: I’ve become something of a scold about how for decades pols have gotten away with the biggest boondoggle in the history of the Chicago Way: The billions spent on the expansion of O’Hare... Read more »

I knew I was no longer in Illinois when...

I pulled into a Wa-Wa service station in southern Virginia and saw that the price of gas per gallon was $2.299. Funny thing. Virginia’s gas tax is 19.88¢ per gallon, about 34th highest in the nation. Yet, Virginia’s roads seem to be better by far than Illinois’.  And they’ll probably still be better than Illinois’... Read more »
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Beware the siren song of 'infrastructure'

Make only big, costly plans. “Infrastructure” is billed as the one government expenditure that can bring the waring political sides together, as if every dollar spent is a good, great idea. It’s not. At least not as often as it is billed. Let’s take some examples of costly infrastructure projects that flopped: The $363 million “new face” of... Read more »

You CAN return from hell

I did. Hell was air travel. A simple trip to and from Florida. The airlines probably figure it’s routine trip, but routine for passengers these days is something entirely different: confusion, aggravation and a bed of thorns. We had flown a month before but this next time, things had changed. Again. And again.. First, we made... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »
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