New taxes on ride-sharing trips

A new proposal to combat traffic congestion in the city by increasing taxes on certain ride-hailing rides was passed by city council recently. The plan, that of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, increases the city’s taxes on single-passenger trips and will lower the tax on shared rides. It will also have new surcharges placed on weekday rides downtown to help raise $40 million for the new year. Some city officials and ride-sharing providers accused each other unfairly targeting low income customers.

The city of Chicago’s fatalities from car crashes have dipped lower this year. A few years ago, the city announced a new plan called “vision zero,” which had the goal of reducing car crashes and eventually eliminating serious injuries and fatalities completely by 2026. Traffic fatalities have gone down by almost a third from 108 deaths to 77 deaths. Although, it’s difficult to tell if its due to the new initiative, better cars or coincidence.

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Chicago approves traffic tax on ride-hailing services

A proposal to combat traffic congestion in Chicago by increasing taxes on certain ride-hailing trips won city council approval on Tuesday as the city and ride providers accused each other of penalizing low-income passengers.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan increases the city’s tax on single-passenger trips and lowers the tax on shared rides, while imposing new surcharges on weekday rides in the downtown area to raise $40 million for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1. Learn more

Summary: A new proposal to combat traffic congestion in the city by increasing taxes on certain ride-hailing rides was passed by city council recently. Some city officials and ride-sharing providers accused each other unfairly targeting low income customers.

Chicago traffic fatalities are down this year

More than two years ago, the city announced its ambitious “Vision Zero” plan with the goal of reducing roadway crashes and ultimately eliminating serious injuries and traffic deaths by 2026.

The good news is that traffic fatalities in the city dropped in the first 10 months of 2019 by almost a third to 77 deaths, compared with 108 in the same period of 2017. Read more

Summary: The city of Chicago’s fatalities from car crashes have dipped lower this year. A few years ago, the city announced a new plan called “vision zero.”

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