Articles filed under Pyke, Marni

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  • Acting RTA chief aims for policy over politics Mar 24, 2014 5:14 AM
    It’s not the most optimal time to lead the Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA has drawn a growing number of critics, and a powerful state panel is wondering if the agency even needs to exist. But Leanne Redden, the RTA's new interim executive director and a resident of Schaumburg, says she’s up for the challenge.

  • Snow-blocked sidewalks upset suburbanites Mar 17, 2014 7:09 AM
    Readers are taking over the In Transit column today and they're steamed about snow removal on sidewalks. Why, they wonder, don't more of their neighbors help keep the walks clear? And why aren't towns helping out more? “We often find that kids cannot wait on the sidewalk as many of the corner bus stops are piled with snow,” Longtime Schaumburg school bus driver Dick Voegtle said.

  • Snow all over suburban sidewalks puts pedestrians in peril Mar 10, 2014 5:55 AM
    Thousands of pedestrians have experienced a winter not just of discontent but downright peril, thanks to record snowfalls and a laissez faire attitude toward shoveling sidewalks in the suburbs. “It’s very dangerous,” mom Toni Sim said. “Especially with people (driving) and doing their makeup, texting, checking Facebook. No one has time to shovel the snow and the village doesn’t want to get involved.”

  • Negotiations with tollway whittled cost from moving pipeline Mar 3, 2014 5:33 AM
    Oh to be in the room when Northwest Cook County mayors learned it would cost millions to move a water pipe in the way of I-90 expansion. “We were knocked head over heels,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. Under a 1984 agreement between the Illinois tollway and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, the towns are on the hook for the $73 million cost of relocating parts of the pipeline for ongoing Jane Addams Tollway improvements.

  • Governor candidates talk tolls, transit and airports Feb 24, 2014 9:22 AM
    Democrat or Republican — you both have dreams in common. Dreams of less traffic, cheaper tolls, public transit that works, no potholes ... the list goes on. Here's where the GOP governor candidates stand on transportation.

  • Metra's new chairman lays out agenda Feb 17, 2014 4:58 AM
    How does a bicycle-riding, bow tie-wearing, Rahm Emanuel appointee who lives in Lincoln Park fit as chairman of an agency considered to be suburban turf? Like a glove, Martin Oberman says. “There is no need for the idea of a competition or jealousy between city and suburbs,” he said.

  • Experts: Connected cars bring dangerous distractions Feb 10, 2014 4:55 AM
    Nothing like a "connected car," where everything is so much safer — rearview cameras, blind spot spotters, and ways to talk without holding a cell phone. Not so fast, say experts, who argue we're deluding ourselves if we think hands-free is safe. “The more drivers are involved in nondriving tasks, the more we will see crashes go up,” said David Teater, a senior director with the Itasca-based National Safety Council.

  • Pull over, ‘Speed Racer’: Futuristic models part of Chicago Auto Show Feb 3, 2014 5:35 AM
    Vroom. Vroom. Forget winter. Let's talk horsepower, powertrains, mpg. Let's talk about the Kia GT4 Stinger, the all-new Mustang and Ford's aluminum — yes, aluminum — F-150 truck. The Chicago Auto Show is back in town and you can win free tickets. Ford is using “military-grade” aluminum alloys on the F-150 that knock off 700 pounds, making for a more fuel-efficient truck. But the break from traditional steel is a risky move, industry insiders say.

  • What now for Metra police force? Jan 27, 2014 12:53 PM
    So what's next for Metra's police force? With lots of questions swirling, board members say they'll talk publicly about the fate of the beleaguered department, embarrassed by a critical report that spoke of an "antiquated" system.

  • Mice under the hood and other winter car issues Jan 20, 2014 8:33 AM
    How do you keep rodents from nesting under your car's hood? Readers offer tips, plus more advice from experts on getting you and your car through the winter in one piece.

  • Improve your winter driving IQ Jan 13, 2014 4:48 PM
    Marni's skid into a snowbank and subsequent tire blowout is your gain as experts talk about winter driving - dispensing advice and exposing myths. Plus, readers vent about rail crossings, free Ventra event and Midway traffic.

  • Experts predict: BoltBus, transit reform, airlines wars on tap for 2014 Jan 6, 2014 5:30 AM
    What's going to happen in 2014 in transportation land? Transportation writer Marni Pyke tells you, thanks to some prescient experts. Plus, readers opine on Route 53 and it's just a month until the Chicago Auto Show.

  • 2013 sees spike in train vs. car, pedestrian collisions Dec 30, 2013 5:19 AM
    Just before Christmas, three separate train vs. pedestrian or car collisions occurred on a single day in the suburbs. And, the data from January 2013 through September shows a surge in crashes compared to the same time in 2012. “People just take trains for granted. It's part of the landscape,” says Union Pacific's Harry Stewart said, adding that nonchalance can be deadly.

  • Tollway explains why some ramps are I-Pass only Dec 9, 2013 9:52 AM
    Why are certain tollway ramps I-PASS only? We answer that question and share your provocative comments on the Route 53 extension plan. "By the time anything gets started on Route 53, I'll be in the ground taking a 'dirt-nap,'" one driver says. Readers rule in this week's In Transit column.

  • Former Metra chair's bank link led to ethics inquiry Nov 25, 2013 6:41 AM
    So much of the Metra scandal has dwelt on outside political meddling. But when and if two state inspectors general release investigations, conflict of interest questions involving two former agency leaders may surface. Alex Clifford testified publicly that when Metra was considering expanding its pool of banks, ex-Chairman Brad O'Halloran exerted pressure to include Wintrust Corp. on the short list. O'Halloran is a board director at Old Plank Trail Community Bank, a Wintrust bank in Orland Park.

  • Holiday travel: How to stay sane in the minivan and more Nov 18, 2013 9:32 AM
    With brothers in California and North Carolina, plus in-laws in Ohio, New York and Colorado, Shelly Vaziri Flais, author of “Raising Twins, From Pregnancy to Preschool.” has seen it all and tells parents petrified of travel with kids to take heart. “This is your life, go live your life — don't be scared,” said Flais, a member of the Elk Grove Village-based American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Is RTA's $1.6 million fight against tax havens a good bet? Nov 11, 2013 5:08 AM
    It seemed a no-brainer back in 2011 when the RTA sued Channahon and Kankakee, claiming the towns were cheating the six-county region out of millions by operating tax havens for corporations and retailers. So far, though, the agency has spent more than $1.6 million fighting the good fight, according to a recent Freedom of Information Act Request, on a case legal experts say is no slam dunk for the agency.

  • Are suburbs getting short end of transit stick? Oct 28, 2013 7:47 AM
    If you pay $4.50 in tax for a sweater at Oakbrook Center, should some of that money go toward a midmorning Metra train on the BNSF? Or should a portion pay for a faster ride on the Blue Line? That's the essence of an age-old suburban-city turf war over transit funding that recently reignited.“Transit needs are significant here,” DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said Friday at the John Noel Public Transit Conference in Oak Brook. “Tax dollars for transit should directly benefit those who pay them.”

  • Venting about Ventra, intersection mayhem and the fighting Illiana Oct 21, 2013 5:29 AM
    You asked about intersections, Ventra and reduced fares. You opined about the Illiana. We've got your answers and a chance for everyone to rant and rave. Readers let it all out in this week's In Transit column.

  • Illiana Expressway plan looks like it will pass Oct 14, 2013 11:10 AM
    It's a tangled political web when it comes to forecasting how a powerful committee will vote on including the Illiana Expressway in a list of significant projects eligible for federal funding. But the odds are in the expressway's favor.

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