Mary Wisniewski

Columnist Chicago TribuneWriter

Mary Wisniewski is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in 2016 after stints as a general news reporter at Reuters and transportation reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has won numerous journalism awards, including a 2010 Lisagor for a story on the city’s cab business. A Chicago-area native, she played with model trains as a kid. Her biography of writer Nelson Algren is scheduled to be published in October by Chicago Review Press.

Recent Articles

  • Cyclists face barriers in car-centric Chicago suburbs: study

    Cyclists face barriers in car-centric Chicago suburbs: study

    Jane Healy, a high school science teacher, said motorists sometimes shout insults or give her the "hairy eyeball" when she bikes in the southern suburbs. "People shout nasty things and I just smile and wave," said Healy, 53, a Blue Island resident who bike-commutes to her job at Dwight D. Eisenhower...

  • Roadwork getting the green light after Illinois budget vote

    Roadwork getting the green light after Illinois budget vote

    Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan. Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...

  • First section of separate lakefront bike and pedestrian trails now open

    First section of separate lakefront bike and pedestrian trails now open

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly will be on the South Side on Friday morning to mark the completion of the first section of the Lakefront Trail separation project from 31st Street to 41st Street, which puts pedestrians and cyclists onto separate paths. The...

  • As Uber fights PR woes, Lyft gains in Chicago market

    As Uber fights PR woes, Lyft gains in Chicago market

    Will Caskey, a ride-sharing driver, said he often hears from passengers who say they dropped Uber because of concerns over the company's culture. Caskey has dropped Uber, too. A political consultant who drives for extra income, Caskey used to work for both Uber and and its smaller rival Lyft, both...

  • E-bikes set to make inroads in the Midwest

    E-bikes set to make inroads in the Midwest

    I'm not a technophobe, but electric bikes used to make me nervous. I tried one last year and it accelerated so fast that I felt like Wile E. Coyote, about to be dumped in the dust by an Acme rocket blaster. I wondered why you would want an electric bike. Don't you want the exercise? And why would...

  • Metra OKs $2.7M in lobbying contracts with clouted firms; new seats en route

    Metra OKs $2.7M in lobbying contracts with clouted firms; new seats en route

    Metra's board of directors on Wednesday renewed contracts with six politically connected lobbying firms for new, five-year periods for almost $2.7 million. Four of the six contracts were set to expire at the end of the year, but will now be renewed through 2022. Metra negotiated with the firms,...

  • Martin Oberman, ex-Chicago alderman, stepping down from Metra board

    Martin Oberman, ex-Chicago alderman, stepping down from Metra board

    Attorney and former Chicago alderman Martin Oberman is retiring from the Metra board after four years, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "other things in mind" for him. "The mayor has indicated he has some other things in mind he'd like me to direct my attention to," Oberman said in an interview Monday....

  • Roadwork already slowing down over state budget impasse

    Roadwork already slowing down over state budget impasse

    From Bensenville to Carterville, from Lake Shore Drive to the Mississippi River, Illinois pavers and bridge builders are preparing for the worst — a June 30 shutdown if Illinois can't resolve its budget impasse and pay its contractors. Already, contractors have been told to hold off on needed "destructive"...

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