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June 2008 Archives

The Monday streetcar story brought in a lot of reader mail and comments about streetcar and transit options in other cities. I heard praise for the light rail and streetcar options in Toronto, San Francisco, and Denver. Rick Harnish from the Midwest High Speed Rail Association also talked about light rail in European cities like Nice and Barcelona....

Yesterday, I wrote a story about how Chicago is the third-worst congested city in the United States. In the story, Northwestern University Adjunct Professor David Boyce suggested that a "little congestion" is good for you, since it keeps people from moving too far from their jobs. A reader became irate at this suggestion, and told me to give Professor Boyce a stern telling off (the reader's language was a lot more colorful). We all hate congestion, but let's consider Boyce's point...

Our Bloomsday Transit question is:
In James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” set on June 16, 1904, a then-relatively new mode of public transit is mentioned 20 times. What is it?

The correct answer is "the tram."

Stephanie Byrd was the first reader with the correct answer and will receive a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Thanks to all you Joyce fans for playing, and happy Bloomsday.

Our Bloomsday Transit question is:
In James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” set on June 16, 1904, a then-relatively new mode of public transit is mentioned 20 times. What is it? First reader with correct answer gets a Sun-Times T-Shirt.

Recently, we ran a story about how some commuters find it tough to follow the law and drive 45 mph in Illinois Tollway construction work zones, because of aggressive tailgating.

We got LOTS of comments from people who felt unsafe driving 45 with other drivers crawling up their back, and other comments from people who didn't like it when other drivers followed the speed limit. But we didn't hear from anyone who had actually gotten one of those $375 tickets...

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