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Jon Hilkevitch is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co- ...

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Most stop-for-pedestrian signs hit by drivers, city data show

Most stop-for-pedestrian signs hit by drivers, city data show

November 24, 2014

Signs placed in the road alerting motorists they must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks are a popular safety tool in Chicago neighborhoods, city officials say. Among drivers, they're another kind of big hit.

  • Advocates: Transit riders deserve a tax break to match drivers who park

    November 16, 2014

    In a transportation world not firing on all cylinders, people who crowd the roads every day by driving to work are offered nearly twice the federal tax relief for parking costs that is available to commuters who help reduce congestion and pollution by climbing aboard trains and buses.

  • Midway safety system will bring jets to grinding halt

    November 9, 2014

    Midway Airport is the first airport in the world to install a bed of lightweight glass rocks beyond the end of a runway that in an emergency crumbles to bring a landing jet traveling at 80 mph to a halt, according to aviation officials.

  • Voters get chance to be heard on O'Hare noise problem

    November 2, 2014

    As the number of complaints about jet noise from O'Hare International Airport have set new records nearly every month over the past year, Chicago officials have responded that only a relatively few households are the sources of those gripes.

  • Chicago wants to roll out universal app for hailing taxis

    October 26, 2014

    The rapidly expanding rides-for-hire industry in Chicago is undergoing more change Monday.

  • Smoother O'Hare landings face technical headwind

    October 20, 2014

    Landings on the most heavily used arrival runway at O'Hare International Airport will soon be safer and more accurate while also saving fuel and perhaps reducing jet noise over Chicago neighborhoods.

  • O'Hare takes step to host huge Airbus A380

    October 13, 2014

    The new runway that opened a year ago at O'Hare International Airport is both long and wide enough to handle the world's largest passenger airplane. But the behemoth Airbus A380 jetliner is not yet flying to Chicago, in part because there isn't a gate that can accommodate it.

  • Revamp of Loop traffic, bus-only route and bike lanes moving forward

    September 29, 2014

    The Emanuel administration will announce Monday that it is seeking bids to construct three long-planned transit projects aimed at providing faster and more reliable service for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters and city visitors who ride CTA buses and Loop elevated trains in the increasingly gridlocked central business district.

  • Bike-sharing in Paris is expensive tour de France

    September 21, 2014

    PARIS From the top deck of the Eiffel Tower to the subway tunnels, everywhere a tourist goes in Paris there are warnings to beware of pickpockets.

  • Many drivers ignoring crosswalk law: study

    September 7, 2014

    Most drivers tracked in a new Chicago-area survey failed to comply with a state law requiring them to stop for pedestrians, a finding that the research's backers attribute to inadequate police enforcement and education on traffic-safety laws.

  • Author tells story of Chicago's transportation past

    September 1, 2014

    When it comes to transportation, the Chicago region has a bad case of terminal neglect.

  • Chicago Riverwalk extension no cakewalk

    August 25, 2014

    Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet.

  • Argonne helping quieter jet engines take off

    August 17, 2014

    Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so loud and what might be done to reduce the annoying sound.

  • Private jet for $536? It's a SuiteDeal

    August 11, 2014

    Southwest Airlines began revolutionizing the jet-setting world of air travel roughly four decades ago with its no-frills service and helped reshape the U.S. airline industry into the mass transit system of the sky — complete with overcrowding, delays and other hassles long familiar to train and bus commuters.

  • 'Transit deserts' don't serve workers, study says

    August 3, 2014

    About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass transit dead zones and maps them in relation to major job clusters.

  • As a rule, priority seating means something on CTA trips

    July 21, 2014

    Readers sometimes ask how I get around, and some people even suggest they already know the answer based on perceived tea leaves in my writing.

  • Getting Around: CDOT upgrades to straighten out kinks in bike route

    July 14, 2014

    Dear Getting Around: You've got mail.

  • Lake Shore Drive seeking road to the future

    July 6, 2014

    North Lake Shore Drive is a mess for many of the quarter-million drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who use it each day, according to new research from city and state transportation officials who are planning an overhaul of the aging boulevard.

  • Getting Around: Old shingles get new life on O'Hare runway

    June 30, 2014

    While a runway at O'Hare International Airport that opened last year is sometimes called the "cemetery airstrip'' because part of it sits on a former graveyard, the next runway set to debut in late 2015 could earn the nickname "Shingles,'' and not because Chicago officials are hoping the number of flights will go through the roof.

  • Free transit rides come with a price as numbers soar

    June 22, 2014

    First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.

  • South Lake Shore Drive extension opens Oct. 27

    October 14, 2013

    The South Lake Shore Drive extension, Chicago's newest roadway, is less than two weeks away from opening along a part of the city that for more than 100 years most people have seen only from a distance.

  • Getting Around: Storms sock on-time numbers at O'Hare

    July 15, 2013

    This year's weather has been among the worst in a decade for air travel in the United States, aviation authorities say, with the most volatile period possibly still ahead as the summer thunderstorm season is underway.

  • Railroad police on high alert as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches

    September 5, 2011

    Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said.

  • O'Hare runway construction: Flying into a danger zone

    March 28, 2011

    The almost-completed first phase of O'Hare International Airport's expansion had close calls that could have resulted in fatal airplane crashes, according to a Tribune investigation of incidents filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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