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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2016, 05:59:32 PM »

Personally, I would have made all existing lanes congestion-priced Express Lanes
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016, 07:24:59 PM »

It's about damn time.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2016, 07:30:20 PM »

Personally, I would have made all existing lanes congestion-priced Express Lanes

What I don't get, why is it ok for the government to implement "surge" pricing, but it's not ok for Uber to implement surge pricing....it's the exact same rationale.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016, 10:35:07 PM »

It's about damn time.
Not really this seems to be the old old idea of having flex way both tolls of the past.

still have gates??? Nice way to really half ass it. They are just useing the mc land for lanes the toll both area still just about the same.

At least they have the room to do a real make over even if just OTR lanes each way.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2016, 10:54:53 AM »

If these are intended as express lanes at the toll booth, wouldn't it have made sense to have lanes in both directions instead of a reversible setup?  What percentage of Skyway users use an Ipass or EZPass?
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016, 04:51:58 PM »

If these are intended as express lanes at the toll booth, wouldn't it have made sense to have lanes in both directions instead of a reversible setup?  What percentage of Skyway users use an Ipass or EZPass?

They don't want to do an full toll rebuild to have real ORT lanes?
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2016, 10:21:46 AM »

It's about damn time.
I echo that sentiment!

It'll be interesting to see how the Fourth of July traffic will hold up on that rebuilt section.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2016, 05:36:09 PM »

http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-skyway-opens-reversible-lanes-on-friday/1405494/

According to the news report, these lanes are going to be short-lived because after Labor Day, they are going to close it for bridge rehab at S Kingston Ave.  Once the bridge rehab is complete around Memorial Day 2017, they will add three new toll lanes in each direction.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2016, 11:58:31 PM »

http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-skyway-opens-reversible-lanes-on-friday/1405494/

According to the news report, these lanes are going to be short-lived because after Labor Day, they are going to close it for bridge rehab at S Kingston Ave.  Once the bridge rehab is complete around Memorial Day 2017, they will add three new toll lanes in each direction.

do they plan to have to real ORT lanes then or at least the mid speed gate free ones.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2016, 10:59:08 AM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2016, 11:45:53 AM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2016, 01:21:56 PM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.

Remember that the Skyway is not run by ISTHA but rather the City of Chicago. That would be why not.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2016, 07:22:32 PM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"
also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.

Remember that the Skyway is not run by ISTHA but rather the City of Chicago. That would be why not.
Actually it's leased by the city to Skyway Concessions Company who runs it.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2016, 08:22:07 PM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.

Remember that the Skyway is not run by ISTHA but rather the City of Chicago. That would be why not.

It's not run by the City of Chicago either. It's run by Skyway Concession Company, LLC. They're responsible for all the maintenance, toll collections, etc.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2016, 08:33:37 PM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.

Remember that the Skyway is not run by ISTHA but rather the City of Chicago. That would be why not.

It's not run by the City of Chicago either. It's run by Skyway Concession Company, LLC. They're responsible for all the maintenance, toll collections, etc.

That's right, it's run by Cintra....the same disgusting corporation which runs 407 ETR.

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It appears Cintra sold the Skyway Concession Company to a group I despise even more, the "Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan", as well as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. That's right folks, the bridge is now owned by three Canadian pension funds. Yes, I have a lot of animosity towards teachers and their bullying tactics with government, when they make disgusting amounts of money already.
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2016, 09:17:08 PM »

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

also most took out an gate on the IN tollroad in a 15mph ETC only lane ramp toll. Why gates? IL dumped the gates on the ramp ones a very long time ago and at the main line years ago in the ETC only lanes.

Remember that the Skyway is not run by ISTHA but rather the City of Chicago. That would be why not.

It's not run by the City of Chicago either. It's run by Skyway Concession Company, LLC. They're responsible for all the maintenance, toll collections, etc.

That's right, it's run by Cintra....the same disgusting corporation which runs 407 ETR.

EDIT

It appears Cintra sold the Skyway Concession Company to a group I despise even more, the "Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan", as well as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. That's right folks, the bridge is now owned by three Canadian pension funds. Yes, I have a lot of animosity towards teachers and their bullying tactics with government, when they make disgusting amounts of money already.

I know if I lived in Chicago, I wouldn't be happy that my toll money would be going to Ontario teachers. This is one of the things that bothers me about the 407; my toll money is going to a private company based out of Spain instead of a local company.

I also read in today's Tribune that there's a catch with these, you have to stop at the booths with the sensor so the gate can go up in the new lanes. Not really "express"

That's definitely disappointing  :-/
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Re: Chicago Skyway to open new Express Lanes Starting July 1st
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2016, 11:51:43 PM »

Presumably your toll money is also going to maintain the road as well.
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