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  • Speed camera company put brakes on tighter school zone speed limits

    No, that headline is not a misprint. You would think American Traffic Systems (ATS), one of two finalists to be Chicago's speed camera vendor, would want exactly what House Bill 3229 does. The bill would expand the hours that the 20 mph speed limit applies in school zones from school hours only (the current law) to anytime a child is present. The bill...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Mon, Jun 3 2013
  • Ask for “yes” vote on speed camera ordinance

    The speed camera ordinance passed out of committee Wednesday on a 7-3 vote, and it is scheduled for a vote by the full Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 18. Active Transportation Alliance supports speed limit enforcement by cameras for the same reason we support speed limit enforcement by police: Both work to reduce speeding, crashes, injuries...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Fri, Apr 13 2012
  • ALTA High-Speed Rail Study, 2003

    This study was conducted by Alta Planning + Design and commissioned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Focusing southern California's Coastal Rail-Trail, this study suggests that high-speed rails do not necessarily compromise safety if they are planned with a proper setback distance based on train speed and frequency.
    Posted to Public Documents (MediaGallery) by EliGRTC on Mon, Aug 5 2013
  • Investigation of Residential Street Speed Limit Reduction

    Pedestrian and child safety have long made residential speed-limits a hotly debated topic. For many years the Columbia (Mo.) city council has heard from residents who wanted to lower the speed limit on a certain street, but city staff in the Public Works Department has resisted this idea, claiming that speed limit reductions have little effect on the...
    Posted to Public Documents (MediaGallery) by Stephen Miller (RTC) on Tue, Aug 25 2009
  • Speed, get a ticket. Don't speed, get a Lotto ticket

    The Nudge blog hit upon a Volkswagen-sponsored contest to find ways to use fun to change behavior . The winning idea might point toward a solution for Illinois' red light camera whining: speed past a traffic camera, and you pay a fine which goes into a pot. Obey the speed limit, and the camera enters you into a lottery to win the pot. A message sign...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Thu, Apr 15 2010
  • Chicago City Council passes speed camera ordinance, 33-14

    Thanks to the alderman who voted yes today! Active Trans has long supported enforcement of traffic laws like speed limits—and speed cameras are another enforcement tool. Reducing crashes and injuries is one of Active Trans’ two overarching goals, along with shifting more trips to biking, walking and transit. And yes, despite what some say...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Wed, Apr 18 2012
  • Slow down Chicago! First speed cameras document rampant speeding

    The Chicago Tribune recently reported that in 45 days, the city's first four speed camera locations (not to be confused with red light camera enforcement) caught an incredible 222,000 drivers (roughly 5,000 per day) cruising at least 6 mph over the speed limit. More than 80,000 of these drivers were 11 mph or more over the limit. I am appalled, but...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Tue, Oct 15 2013
  • Story sends wrong message about speed cameras

    In questioning whether Chicago is planning to put automatic speed enforcement cameras in the right locations to improve safety, the Chicago Tribune on Sunday also cast doubts about whether these cameras work at all to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths. ("Would speed cameras really save lives?") Do the cameras work? Absolutely. The Tribune...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Mon, Nov 7 2011
  • Elections Impact: High Speed Rail & A Silver Lining

    Incoming House Transportation Chair John Mica told The Associated Press that he believes high-speed trains are a good idea, but he doesn't agree with the projects selected by the Transportation Department for funding. "I am a strong advocate of high-speed rail, but it has to be where it makes sense," Mica said. "The administration squandered the money...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Thu, Nov 4 2010
  • Tribune highlights speed camera implementation challenge

    As a Chicago Tribune article describes today, automated camera enforcement of speed limits in school zones in Chicago is challenging. That’s because state law establishes school zone speed limits of 20 mph, but only "on school days when children are present," and only between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Otherwise, the limit is higher – often...
    Posted to RTC Blogroll (Weblog) by Anonymous on Tue, Sep 11 2012
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