12/29/2015

   
Chicago launches the "Loop Link"

From "Metro"

Starting this week, commuting around Chicago just got easier with the launch of the Loop Link, a major modernization of the downtown transportation network that will make it easier, safer and more reliable for commuters to travel to and through the downtown area.

Loop Link will provide a balanced separation of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus, bike and regular traffic with dedicated lanes on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal.

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The new configuration will improve reliability and speed for six CTA bus routes that travel the corridor and extend benefits to neighborhoods throughout the city where these routes originate.

CDOT, the CTA and Loop Link stakeholders created an outreach and education campaign this week ahead of the launch to familiarize transit riders, bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians with the features of Loop Link.

“Loop Link will provide quicker and more reliable bus service to CTA customers,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “This project will improve their transit experience and may attract new customers who want an affordable, convenient way to get downtown and across the Loop.”

Improvements for bus customers

Loop Link features a number of improvements for CTA bus customers, including red bus-only lanes, enhanced signage clearly delineating the CTA bus lanes and early traffic signals for buses at key intersections, all of which improve bus speeds and service efficiency and eliminate bottlenecks at congested portions of the Loop.

The project also provides distinctive, more comfortable bus stations with large canopies for improved weather protection, raised platforms for easier boarding, CTA Bus Tracker screens and more seating for customers.

Buses using Loop Link provide critical connections to multiple Chicago neighborhoods, Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, CTA subways and Navy Pier. More than 1,000 CTA bus trips will traverse the Loop Link corridor...   READ MORE >

FMCSA issues Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the adoption of a Final Rule that will improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial bus and truck drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.


“Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”

The Final Rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) will result in an annual net benefit of more than $1 billion - largely by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork. It will also increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records. Strict protections are included that will protect commercial drivers from harassment.

On an annual average basis, the ELD Final Rule is estimated to save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles.

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