It is getting crazy. You can't park anywhere anymore. Dickey sold the streets and now when i go pretty much anywhere I have to swipe my fn debit card into the pay to park boxes.
Everywhere else is getting jacked up too. Permit parking, no parking from whatever time to whenever, snow removal, street cleaning..........Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
I need to make a ridiculous parking poi.
All the municipalities across the country are in deep doodoo. Red light & Speed cameras are just one way of bringing in more money. Parking fees are another.
There is simply no end to the creative minds that run our infra-structure.
Chicago has mass transit! Use it!
Unfortunately the mass transit system is pretty slow and smells. My past luck with the red line in particular has caused me to stop referring to it as the el and instead refer to it as the urine train.
These days I generally ride a bicycle when meeting people who are going places mostly by train. Just this past weekend I left after other people leaving from the same location and got down before them. On the ride home (a little over 13 miles) the time I saved by biking allowed me to eat, take a shower, and have a soak in a hot bath(it got cold this weekend) before they got back.
It's also worth reminding that often the reason the el slows down in areas between stops is to decrease the risk of train derailment. And in the past 7 years the cost of riding the train has gone up by over 50%. Reasons to avoid mass transit could go on and on.
I do, however, like the Metra when it can manage to maintain its schedule. Buses are okay, but again have schedule issues. Mass transit is unreliable and overrated.
Keep on biking then, so then there is no problem.
And in the past 7 years the cost of riding the train has gone up by over 50%. Reasons to avoid mass transit could go on and on.
Still has to be cheaper than parking, seems to me your going to have to make a decision soon as winter sets in, and bike riding get tough with the frozen streets. I say Man up and hold your nose then do the EL.
I heard on the radio today that CTA is looking to raise train fares again and reducing bus routes (including dropping some express buses) for 2010.
Every time i make it up there, i fear have fear of a ticket.
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