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Jon Hilkevitch is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co- ...

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Jon Hilkevitch

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Getting Around: CDOT upgrades to straighten out kinks in bike route

Getting Around: CDOT upgrades to straighten out kinks in bike route

July 14, 2014

Dear Getting Around: You've got mail.

  • Lake Shore Drive seeking road to the future

    July 6, 2014

    North Lake Shore Drive is a mess for many of the quarter-million drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who use it each day, according to new research from city and state transportation officials who are planning an overhaul of the aging boulevard.

  • Getting Around: Old shingles get new life on O'Hare runway

    June 30, 2014

    While a runway at O'Hare International Airport that opened last year is sometimes called the "cemetery airstrip'' because part of it sits on a former graveyard, the next runway set to debut in late 2015 could earn the nickname "Shingles,'' and not because Chicago officials are hoping the number of flights will go through the roof.

  • Free transit rides come with a price as numbers soar

    June 22, 2014

    First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.

  • 1 weekend down, 1 to go on Kennedy

    June 16, 2014

    It took a community to raze a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway this past weekend without the sky falling.

  • Getting Around: Chicago gets closer to mayor's bike lane goal

    June 9, 2014

    Chicago is hustling to reach the finish line next spring on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to complete 100 miles of bicycle lanes that are shielded from traffic, and city officials hope the public doesn't judge the project strictly by the number of bike riders seen — very few in some locations — using the lanes.

  • More security required for CTA park-and-ride lots

    June 2, 2014

    The Chicago Transit Authority will require more frequent security patrols at its parking facilities in a move to help commuters feel safer, as well as demand quicker turnarounds to fix burned-out lighting and make upgrades, under a contract that is open for re-bidding, transit officials say.

  • Distracted driving still a problem, safety council chief says

    May 26, 2014

    Happy holiday. It's really great to still have you around, because you are not (so far, at least) among the almost 400 people in the U.S. who the National Safety Council predicts will be killed in traffic accidents during the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Commuting app RideScout has former transportation commissioner as adviser

    May 19, 2014

    Gabe Klein, who quit his job as Chicago transportation commissioner last November and moved back to Washington, is about to become a proud papa.

  • Getting Around: Overpass project puts brakes on Ike traffic

    May 12, 2014

    Drivers making the always-slow trip downtown during the morning rush on the Eisenhower Expressway are asking what's the reason behind the additional 15 minutes of delay at a bottleneck that starts to form east of Morgan Street, and when will it end?

  • Pressure on Chicago for O'Hare noise relief

    May 5, 2014

    Pressure is growing on the city of Chicago to jettison its resistance to finding ways to reduce noise levels in residential areas caused by planes serving O'Hare International Airport.

  • End is nigh for old CTA, Pace cards

    April 28, 2014

    Almost 9 out of 10 CTA trips are now paid for using the Ventra fare system, but with the first of three deadlines looming this week for riders who haven't yet made the switch, breaking up with the old fare cards can be hard to do.

  • Safety quiz shows drivers, bicyclists their blind spots

    April 21, 2014

    Crash statistics bear out the grim reality that every day, too many people — on four wheels, two wheels or on foot — put themselves and others at risk because of misconceptions about the rules of the road or simply the belief that what you don't know won't hurt you.

  • South Lake Shore Drive extension opens Oct. 27

    October 14, 2013

    The South Lake Shore Drive extension, Chicago's newest roadway, is less than two weeks away from opening along a part of the city that for more than 100 years most people have seen only from a distance.

  • Getting Around: Storms sock on-time numbers at O'Hare

    July 15, 2013

    This year's weather has been among the worst in a decade for air travel in the United States, aviation authorities say, with the most volatile period possibly still ahead as the summer thunderstorm season is underway.

  • Railroad police on high alert as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches

    September 5, 2011

    Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said.

  • O'Hare runway construction: Flying into a danger zone

    March 28, 2011

    The almost-completed first phase of O'Hare International Airport's expansion had close calls that could have resulted in fatal airplane crashes, according to a Tribune investigation of incidents filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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