Last week's trivia question was: Who are the two fictional long-distance walkers who share a birthday Sept. 22? The answer is Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, of "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. This day is celebrated as "Hobbit Day" by people as geeky as I am. Alas, no one had the right answer, so the Sun-Times T-shirt goes to a deserving hobbit, probably to be worn as a nightshirt.
September 2008 Archives
Another perfect weekend... for CTA construction. Enjoy the early fall blue skies and warm weather, but leave time for delays. Here's the weekend work announcement on the Blue Line. Blue Line service between Belmont and Montrose is suspended for slow zone work Friday night to early Monday morning. Bus shuttles will carry riders between those stops.
Another perfect weekend... for CTA construction. Enjoy the early fall blue skies and warm weather, but leave time for delays. Here's the weekend work announcement on the Blue Line. Blue Line service between Belmont and Montrose is suspended for slow zone work Friday night to early Monday morning. Bus shuttles will carry riders between those stops. Also, in the Loop, work continues on the Lake and Wabash tracks, so Brown, Orange, Green and Pink Line trains will be rerouted.
I got a lot of comments and letters regarding Monday's Ride column on the possibility of different rules of the road for bicyclists. The article talked about an Idaho law that allows bicyclists to treat stop lights like stop signs and stop signs like yield signs. It's a polarizing idea -- the comments on both sides were fierce.
Here's the longest letter I got -- the writer is identified as "Vulture X":
Today's question is: Who are the two fictional long-distance walkers who share a birthday today, Sept. 22? The first with the correct answer gets a Sun-Times t-shirt.
The CTA runs around the Loop will be affected Wednesday and Thursday nights and this weekend by reroutes. Check out the CTA announcement here.
You remember the haiku from high school literature class, right? It's a form of Japanese poetry with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. It's short and sharp, and we need some about our commute. Planes, trains, buses, bikes, automobiles and walking are all good subjects.
We'll run the best ones in the Monday Ride column. Here's a few examples:
Yesterday, I saw bunches of miserable and dripping-wet kids, standing in the rain, waiting over 25 minutes for an eastbound Addison bus to take them to high school. When the bus came, it was too full to board. There were over two dozen teenagers just at the Blue Line stop, peering hopefully down the street. Lane Tech and Gordon Tech high schools reported numerous tardies. Lane has seen a lot of tardies all week. The story is here. The CTA explained that there was a disabled bus at Harlem. The CTA also noted that the first week of school is a time of adjustment for everyone.
I had a couple of questions about this, beyond what was in the story. One was -- don't any of these kids have umbrellas, or is that not cool enough for high school? The second question is , "What if before they had left the house they had gotten on the computer and used the CTA's highly touted "Bus Tracker" program? Would that have saved them some waiting time?" I suspect its usefulness in this instance would be limited -- Bus Tracker tells when the next bus is coming, approximately, but not how full the bus is.
Readers -- has anyone out there used Bus Tracker, and does it help you wait inside where it's dry?
The CTA has extended comment periods for the Yellow and Orange Line extensions. The Orange Line comment period will now end on September 9 and the Yellow Line comment period will end on September 16. You can read about it here
Did anyone go to the public meetings, and were they productive?
Meteorological summer may be over, but it's still construction season.
Today, weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation will start a resurfacing project on 95th St. from I-294 (the Tri-State Tollway) to Western Ave. in Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park.
The work, scheduled for completion at the end of October, will require daytime lane closures in both directions. IDOT advises motorists to take alternate routes to avoid delays, watch for signs and be on the lookout for workers and construction equipment in the work zone.
The contractor on the $6.5 million project is Central Black Top.