WBEZ | Joe Schwieterman http://www.wbez.org/tags/joe-schwieterman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Boeing's 787 Dreamliner gets FAA approval http://www.wbez.org/content/boeings-787-dreamliner-gets-faa-approval <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20091215_newsintern_1550957_Anal_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>A long overdue new plane from Chicago-based Boeing is one step closer to taking flight. The airplane maker got word Friday from the Federal Aviation Administration that the new Dreamliner 787 is safe and in compliance with federal regulations.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-26/boeing.jpg" style="margin-right: 15px; float: left; width: 280px; height: 178px; " title="">Joe Schwieterman is a professor of transportation at DePaul University.</p><p>He said the Dreamliner is the most notable new plane to come out in decades.</p><p>"This is a real milestone for Boeing," Schwieterman said. "It had lots of delays, but this shows the project has reached where it needs to go and they've got a lot of airplanes on order. I think we'll see a bit of a surge in order activity now that it's truly airworthy."</p><p>Boeing's new 787 has been delayed for a variety of reasons for the past three years. The company has more than 800 orders for the light-weight, fuel efficient airplane. A Japanese airline says it wants to start regular service with the plane on November 1st.</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/boeings-787-dreamliner-gets-faa-approval New emergency official defends keeping Lake Shore Drive open during blizzard http://www.wbez.org/story/new-emergency-official-defends-keeping-lake-shore-drive-open-during-blizzard-88090 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//108759823.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago emergency officials are defending how the city handled February's blizzard, including the decision to keep Lake Shore Drive open during the evening rush hour.</p><p>The public comments come after a new report was given to the media outlining how the city should handle the next blizzard that may come Chicago's way. Gary Schenkel is the new head of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and says he wouldn't have closed Lake Shore Drive before the blizzard hit, either, even though hundreds of vehicles were buried in the rapidly falling snow after traffic came to a halt.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman is a transportation professor at DePaul University.</p><p>"There's kind of a, I think, assumption here that the next crisis is going to be like the last one and so a lot of these measures certainly will help, but there's a feel-good element to this, I think," he said.</p><p>The report recommends cutting out parts of the Lake Shore Drive median so drivers could turn around and having tow trucks close by when bad weather is coming.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-emergency-official-defends-keeping-lake-shore-drive-open-during-blizzard-88090 Air officials investigating runway incident at Midway Airport http://www.wbez.org/story/air-officials-investigating-runway-incident-midway-airport-85729 <p><p>The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident at Midway Airport.</p><p>A Southwest Airlines plane slid off the end of the runway Tuesday, stopping just short of a barrier separating the airport from the street. Offials say none of the 140 passengers or crew was injured.</p><p>The plane skidded off the runway at about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. There were reports of heavy rain at the time of the landing. Passengers were taken off the plane and bused back to the terminal.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman follows the airline industry at DePaul University. He said Midway has gotten safer in recent years.</p><p>"They've done some facility modifications at the end of the runways, installed some of the safety buffering for an aircraft to overrun the runway, it's easier for them to stop at some of the permeable surfaces they put in there," he said.</p><p>But Schwieterman said despite the updates, Midway will always have challenges like Tuesday's because the runways are too short.</p><p>In 2005 a plane slid off the runway at Midway and crashed onto the street, killing one person.</p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/air-officials-investigating-runway-incident-midway-airport-85729 O'Hare expansion deal to focus on south end of airport http://www.wbez.org/story/expansion/ohare-expansion-deal-focus-south-end-airport <p><p>Part of the O'Hare International Airport expansion has been given the green light. Part of the big goal in expanding O'Hare is to construct runways that are parallel to each other and don't criss-cross. The airport is the second-busiest in the country, and city officials have said Chicago's economy would suffer without updating the airport.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman is a professor of transportation at DePaul University. He said the $1.17 billion agreement between the federal government, the City of Chicago, and two major airlines could resolve one of the trickiest parts of the expansion on the airport's south side.</p><p>&quot;The city pulled something off here that is pretty impressive,&quot;&nbsp;Schwieterman said. &quot;They got the federal government to ante up, they got the airlines to stand in unison so that critical south runway can move forward. That's a huge payoff.&quot;</p><p>Officials have proposed adding a runway and relocating major roads on the south end of the airport. The parties involved in the expansion say they will negotiate the rest of the modernization plans in two years.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/expansion/ohare-expansion-deal-focus-south-end-airport Mayor Monday: Assessing the future of transportation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cta train_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Monday &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; looks at some of the issues facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor with the series Mayor Monday. This Monday's topic is transportation. Talk about planes, trains and automobiles is on the docket. But in a city whose El is as much icon as mode of transport, getting around goes much deeper.<br /><br />The panel of experts is <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/sps/about/ourfacultystaff/FullTimeFaculty/schwieterman.asp" target="_blank">Joe Schwieterman</a> is a Professor at DePaul University&rsquo;s School of Public Service. Aaron Renn blogs about urban planning and transportation as <a href="http://www.urbanophile.com/" target="_blank">The Urbanophile</a>. And, Mike Brockway is the Parking Ticket Geek from <a href="http://theexpiredmeter.com/" target="_blank">The Expired Meter.com</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Empresarios, &quot;Pensamiento&quot;, from the CD Sabor Tropical, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago Travelers 'Opt Out' of invasive full-body screens http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/travelers-opt-out-invasive-full-body-screens <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//TSA screen_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The day before Thanksgiving is generally one of the heaviest air travel days in the year and the new full-body screening methods will probably make the security lines slower. The Transportation Security Administration says such measures are necessary. But their alleged overly enthusiastic searches have led to &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; parodies.</p><p>Organizations like <a target="_blank" href="http://wewontfly.com/">wewontfly.com</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://flywithdignity.org/">flywithdignity.org</a> aren&rsquo;t having it &ndash; they&rsquo;re calling for a &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://wewontfly.com/opt-out-day/">National Opt-Out Day</a>.&quot;</p><p>Eight Forty-Eight took calls, emails and tweets from listeners.</p><p>To help weigh in on privacy and security, <a target="_blank" href="http://il.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=IL_Content_2009MemberConfConnell">Colleen Connell</a>, Executive Director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://il.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=IL_homepage">Illinois ACLU</a> joined the conversation.&nbsp; Also part of the discussion is transportation expert <a target="_blank" href="http://las.depaul.edu/sps/about/ourfacultystaff/FullTimeFaculty/schwieterman.asp">Professor Joe Schwieterman</a>,&nbsp; a transportation expert and a Professor at DePaul University&rsquo;s School of Public Service.</p><p>If you didn&rsquo;t make it on the air, don&rsquo;t forget you can continue sharing your stories and comments online.</p><p><em>Music Button: My Morning Jacket, &quot;Touch Me I'm Going To Scream&quot;, from the CD Evil Urges, (Ato/Red records)</em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/travelers-opt-out-invasive-full-body-screens