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Supply and demand driving gas prices
ELMHURST, Ill. (CBS) ¯ CBS Have you filled up your tank lately? Were you surprised by how much you paid? If you're worried about a return of $4-a-gallon gas, you might want to listen to what Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has to say. It may not be a rerun of last year but it's sure starting…
Transit and Taxpayers
Mass transit advocates say Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed capital program needs an overhaul and relies on “fuzzy math,” and they look to an increase in the state’s motor fuel tax to help pump more money into transportation projects. Quinn said this week that he wants to see…
A cure for congestion, but is Chicago ready?
Last year, Chicago was in the running to receive a grant of more than $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would have gone towards addressing the road congestion that has plagued the region. Today, after a missed deadline, the funding is gone. But the traffic is still…
Roadways: 'From bad to worse?'
Congestion on area roadways costs Chicagoans $7.3 billion annually, according to an August report by the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council. That's about $1,600 per person in lost time, productivity, fuel and pollution. "The city's expressway situation has gone from bad to worse,"…
Bus rapid transit: another opportunity?
Bus rapid transit is a cost-effective service that would better connect existing rail stations (and isolated communities), expand convenient transportation options for residents and visitors, and create new development opportunities for neighborhoods when the economy is once again on the…
Transit funding: Changes Obama should count on
It's almost game time for President-elect Barack Obama, and wisely, economic recovery is the first item in his playbook. The administration-in-waiting understands that any economic recovery package must not only be a fiscal defibrillator but also signal seismic change from a system…
RTA-funded program lets residents give input about transit in their areas
For communities that want to improve transportation options, the Regional Transportation Authority funds a program that facilitates public input into the transit funding process. Reconnecting Neighborhoods is part of the city of Chicago’s efforts to change how public and affordable…
Parking fee hike should fund community improvements
The city’s parking meter rate increases may seem steep, but what if those revenue increases led to more and better transit options and community improvements? Increasing parking meter rates can help manage demand for Chicago ’s limited parking spaces and curb excess traffic…
Group declares infrastructure deficit severe
While America deals with a faltering economy, regional public and private officials already are planning a Phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Many of them gathered this week at a conference in Chicago developed by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Regional Plan Association, and…
Infrastructure Woes or Opportunities?
Anyone who has wasted hours each day commuting to work, sat in traffic for an hour as a freight train inched by, waited endlessly for a bus only to have four arrive at once, or paid a week’s wages for a short plane flight can vouch for the inconveniences, inefficiencies, and travesties of…

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