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Kudos and criticisms for a snow-dusted commute

A dusting of snow fell across the northern suburbs tonight, just in time for evening rush. Hooray! Not really.

Milwaukee Road north of Half-Day was a mess. There was just enough snow to obscure lane markings and left-turn lanes (glad you finally found it, anonymous Altima that veered to the left without using turn signals) while the snow drifted about. Road salt? What road salt? I was afraid to slam on my brakes lest the anti-locks be the only thing keeping me from landing in the backseat of Anonymous Altima. -1 IDOT.

On the other hand, Townline Road (Route 60) was salted and grippy, which my tires loved. +1 IDOT.

Total: 0.

Maybe – probably – it’s all a matter of timing. Maybe three salt trucks were doing their thing half a mile behind me on Milwaukee. I saw two salt trucks heading south as I drove further north. I hope one of them was headed to Milwaukee Avenue.

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So are we “doomed” or not?

RTA Doomsday ’08 is six days away, and here’s where we are so far:

Metra is still going to raise fares by 10%.

Governor Blagojevich wants a provisions so that senior citizens can ride public transit for free. He’s now added a provision that the disabled have to ride for free too. If this passes, somebody will have to pay for these “free” rides, which could mean a fare increase for everybody else. What’s with all of the, ahem, roadblocks to passage of a transit funding bill? What next?

Stay tuned on Monday to see what, if any, progress is made towards resolution of this funding debacle.

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