Transportation planner and advocate. Steven also created Chicago Cityscape, a site that tracks neighborhood developments across the city.
Why Skipping Scheduled State Gas Tax Hikes Is a Bad IdeaBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
The proposal, which is projected to cost the state $135 million in revenue, is unfair to people who don't drive. And it may not even save much money for drivers.
How to Get Drivers to Stop Blocking Bike LanesBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
When the person clogging the bikeway is employed by a city-owned bike-share system, an entity whose entire purpose is to make bicycling easier, this kind of blockage can feel like a betrayal.
Amtrak is Back and Better Than EverBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
Amtrak wants to make riding across the United States cheaper, more comfortable, and easier this year, as more and more people get vaccinated and it becomes safer to travel.
Chicagoans Can Access COVID Vaccines on TransitBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
How do we make it easier for people across the region to access vaccinations without driving?
Will Chicago Commuter Train Grow Beyond the 9-5?By Steven Vance | | No Comments
A "regional rail" scheme, with more frequent service during non-rush hours, would make the network more useful non-white collar workers, as well as non-work commutes.
Lyft Is Taking Prop 22 Nationwide — Starting in Ill.By Steven Vance | | No Comments
After Lyft and other companies overturned California legislation that classified ride-hail drivers as employees, it's now setting its sights on the Prairie State with a $534K Super PAC.
Speeding Tickets Hit Year High in Chicago, Despite Traffic LowsBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
Chicago speed camera data shows that more tickets were issued during a three-week period during Stay at Home than at any other time in more than a year.
These Are the Cities That Are Reclaiming Streets for PeopleBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
During the global pandemic, cities around the world are recognizing it makes sense to take road space that is usually used for moving and storing cars and instead give it to people. They’re reallocating the right-of-way from travel lanes and parking to create emergency bikeways for essential workers, and open space where residents can safely […]
Oil-Laden Freight Trains Delaying Amtrak, Commuter Trains Across U.S.By Steven Vance and Payton Chung | | No Comments
Oil production is booming across North America, as new technologies make it possible to extract liquid crude oil from sources like the Bakken shale oil field in North Dakota and Montana, or Alberta’s tar sands. The ever-increasing volume of crude oil mined in remote Great Plains locations often finds its way to refineries via “rolling pipelines” – freight […]
Study: To Keep Bicyclists Outside the Door Zone, You Need a BufferBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
A new study has found that bike lanes with a buffer next to the parking lane are better than conventional bike lanes at encouraging bicyclists to ride outside the door zone. The study, recently published by the Transportation Research Board, concludes that wider but un-buffered bike lanes aren’t necessarily better than narrower lanes in encouraging bicyclists […]
Chicago Transit Agencies Vote for a Tollway Even the Road Lobby HatesBy Steven Vance | | No Comments
Chicago-area transportation organizations are poised to shoot themselves in the foot and harm the region by allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation Department to squander limited transportation infrastructure funds on the $2.75 billion Illiana Tollway. On Friday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s transportation committee voted to recommend moving forward with this wasteful, destructive project, […]