WBEZ | metered parking http://www.wbez.org/tags/metered-parking Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hourly parking to increase again in 2012 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hourly-parking-increase-again-2012-95217 <p><p>Chicago's street parking rates are scheduled for another increase starting Jan. 2.</p><p>According to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, the price to park in the Loop will jump to $5.75 an hour. That's up from $5 in 2011. Overnight parking will also increase to $2.85.</p><p>Hourly rates in business district outside of the Loop will go up to $3.50, and city's neighborhood rate will go up a quarter to $1.75.</p><p>Workers are scheduled to start changing the meters downtown first, eventually getting to the neighborhoods.</p><p>Loop parking rates have nearly doubled since the city privatized its meters in 2008, while rates outside the city are up $1.50. They're scheduled to continue going up through 2013.</p></p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hourly-parking-increase-again-2012-95217 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926