Tag: transportation

After more than three decades of dithering, a universal fare card for CTA, Metra and Pace riders?

When voters narrowly approved the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority 37 long years ago, one of the promised benefits was a universal fare card that could be used on the CTA, commuter rail lines and suburban buses. That wasn’t the main reason the RTA was created—it was to provide subsidies principally to the CTA—but... Read more »

Cell phone blabber on train arrested by police

Yes! This happened on an Amtrak train out west, but I’m sure that riders in Metra’s quiet cars would love to see this happen too. Maybe on the CTA too. Looking at the video, I’d say that this woman looks exactly like the yacker that my wife and I encountered last year on the CTA’s... Read more »

Pardon me boy, but is this the bullet train to fantasy land?

You had to see this coming: The “high-speed” rail that will consume tens of billions of dollars won’t be up to speed. So, we’ve got to spend a lot more. A new study, sponsored by high-speed rail enthusiasts, throws water on the $75 billion Midwest high-speed rail system that they had been pitching. Won’t generate... Read more »

A dose of reality for true believers: China is braking its high-speed rail

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is enthralled by China’s growing high-speed rail system, but China is becoming less enthralled. As reported in the Wall Street Journal: BEIJING–China will begin forcing its growing fleet of high-speed trains to operate at slower speeds, the country’s railways chief said in an interview with state-run media, in the latest... Read more »

Public's view of "high-speed" rail: snore

The public’s view of the highly touted, outrageously expensive and totally cost-ineffective “high-speed” rail is as passionate as President Barack Obama, environmentalists and assorted ideologues want us to believe. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that, overall, 41% of Likely Voters favor the plan and 46% are opposed. (To see survey question wording, click... Read more »

Chicagoans' insufferable whines about "dibs" and unplowed side streets and alleys.

An upholstered chair sits in the sun, saving a parking spot in the Southwest Side as people dig their cars out of the snow all over the city. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / February 3, 2011) Part of the whining is the grim debate over the morality of shoveling out your own parking space and,... Read more »

Nominations for the most unlucky blizzard guy

Alex Clifford receives congratulations from Metra’s board after he is appointed the rail agency’s new executive driector Tuesday. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2011) >My nomination goes to the new exectuive running Metra, Chicago’s commuter rail system. Alex Clifford was introduced to everyone the day before the blizzard hit. So, here he comes... Read more »

Of high-speed rail, a CTA red line extension and other transportation fantasies

Thoughts about the dismal state of transportation planning in Chicago, Illinois and the nation. Thankfully, someone had the courage to step in front of the runaway train called “high-speed rail.” Wisconsin Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker campaigned against the Badger State accepting the $810 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for an 80-mile Madison to Milwaukee... Read more »

Told ya so: Daley doesn't have enough $$$ for O'Hare expansion

What will it take for Mayor Richard M. Daley to give up his precious, unworkable and dangerous O’Hare Airport expansion plan? Tribune reporters Jon Hilkevitch and Julie Johnsson–the only ones in town with the smarts, energy and good-old-fashioned John Geils: He was right; Daley was wrong journalistic skepticism to see through Daley’s charade, today are reporting... Read more »

Elgin-O'Hare Expressway ain't goin' nowhere

The expressway to Nowhere. State Transportation and Toll Road officials are discussing how to finish building the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway to Nowhere so that it connects with the airport and nearby toll roads, according to the Daily Herald. This I gotta see. Where to put the confounded highway and how to pay for it have held... Read more »
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