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Commuter News Roundup

Woman pays off 1976 parking ticket. The fine, which was $1 when the ticket was issued, increased to $5 after 72 hours, but didn’t compound itself after that. Hmm, I wonder what the current fine would be for each dollar in unpaid parking fines incurred in Chicago in 1976?

From the Big City to the South: Officials choose 79th, Chicago, Halsted and Jeffery for bus-only lanes pilot program. I can understand the choice of 79th Street and Chicago Avenue as both carry a heavy load of bus and vehicle traffic each day. However, I’m among those who thought Lake Shore Drive would be on the list. North or south, the Drive is one of the most congested city streets during rush hour.

It’s National Transportation Week on Pace. From an emailed announcement:

In celebration of National Transportation Week, which runs May 11th through the 17th, Pace is launching several promotions next week to thank loyal riders and encourage the use of public transit. Riders on Pace buses next week should look for car cards announcing a car card art contest, as well as a newly revamped “Rider Report” newsletter on-board all buses.

The “design your own car card” contest enables contestants to submit artwork featuring their favorite destination to reach by using Pace Bus. All submissions are to be given to Pace by June 15th with the winner announced July 1st. The agency will produce a car card with the winner’s artwork to display on all buses and Pace’s web site from August 1st through December 1st. Interested artists should check next week’s on-board “Rider Report” for further details.

Pace’s Transit Ambassadors will be at several locations in the Pace service area to distribute Pace information and thank-you gifts. On May 13th, 14th and 15th, Ambassadors will give away mugs and umbrellas and have schedules for relevant routes. “Because users of public transit create so many benefits for our region, we felt it was an appropriate time to reward them,” said Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski. “Given their contributions to reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air, these tokens of our appreciation are the least we can do for our customers.”

Free swag! The newsletter didn’t reveal the locations of the giveaways, but if you find them let us know in the Comments.

Finally, I set up a Twitter account because….well, because I could. You can read along at http://twitter.com/lcmotorist.

Finally, Part 2: Round Lake Mayor Bill Gentes plugged Lake County Motorist on his blog! As a frequent reader of the mayor’s blog, I’m quite honored.

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