Congestion tax only during ‘peak hours' and ‘downtown'? Not quite.

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I understand that the mayor wants to spin the congestion tax as being on rides only during "peak hours" "downtown," but Crain's doesn't have to parrot that nonsense ("Sometimes the mayor undercuts her own cause—and ours," Nov. 15).

79彩票注册网址6 a.m. to 10 p.m. isn't remotely peak, and downtown usually doesn't extend north of the river. To extend it to the mostly residential zones between Chicago and North avenues is punitive, and despite what progressives would like people to believe, lots of the residents in that area aren't rich. They are young professionals with two and three roommates to help pay the rent or living in a tiny studio apartment. They are also at the final stages of a number of very popular bus routes, and actually getting on a bus at, say, Chicago and LaSalle at 8 a.m. to get to the Loop might mean waiting through three or four buses with no available shelter in pouring rain or punishing cold. Who wouldn't opt for door-to-door service for only a couple dollars more than the bus at that point?

Peak congestion times in the Loop are about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extending the hours to 10 p.m. is a blatant attempt to extract yet more cash from business visitors and tourists who aren't comfortable with public transit and want to take an Uber or Lyft to dinner and then back to their hotel.

There is an argument to be made for a congestion fee, and I can't dispute the truth that Uber and Lyft have increased congestion. But what the mayor proposes goes well beyond congestion management.

DAN PALMER
Evanston

No reason not to try transit plan

Mayor Lightfoot needs to rethink her priorities ("Lightfoot still against Preckwinkle's transit plan," Oct. 24). Improving transit options for South Siders surely is more important than the color of paint on the trains. Further, unless one believes that all of those who might use Metra Electric and Rock Island trains will walk or bike, they will likely be using CTA buses to/from the stations, so effectively CTA is not losing riders, just gaining new rail routes. Given that Cook County has offered to backfill potential losses, there is no excuse for preventing the trial.

DAVID VARTANOFF
Chicago

 

 

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