In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and 'L' train.
How many times have you seen drivers decide that the bike or bus lane would be the perfect place to idle in their cars even if it forces cyclists out into dangerous traffic, or slows down what's supposed to be a rapid bus route? Chicago has a great idea to stop that.
Propped up by venture capital, ride-hailing service like Uber and Lyft are artificially cheap. But the convenient services are bad for cities in many ways. Under a new set of fee structures, the revenue will be used to help fund transit, including an initiative to speed up neighborhood bus service.