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  • Testers needed to try paying for Metra, Pace with phone app Mar 21, 2015 9:26 AM
    Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority are seeking guinea pigs to try out a new transit app that will debut in a few months. Already, agency employees are testing the smartphone Ventra app, which will let people buy and display Metra mobile fares in lieu of paper tickets.

  • CTA promises quick links for commuters Mar 2, 2015 7:21 PM
    The CTA starts work this spring on a new bus center at Union Station aimed at making it easier for commuters to get around the Loop.

  • Rauner’s transportation budget: Bikers up, transit down Mar 2, 2015 6:39 PM
    Disabled transit riders are losers but motorcycle riders are winners in the proposed budget by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Harley enthusiast. The fiscal plan would chop about $8.5 million for paratransit and increase funding for free motorcycle safety classes by $633,000. The budget also recommends significant cuts to Pace, Metra and the CTA while bumping up revenues for highways and roads.

  • Transit could lose millions under Rauner budget Feb 19, 2015 10:15 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget is posing a lot of questions including whether cuts to public transit could mean fare hikes? The new governor promised reforms and described "waste and inefficiency" in the "complex web that comprises our public transportation structure."

  • Lawmakers question Metra on Wi-Fi, universal fares Jan 7, 2015 6:20 PM
    Lawmakers pushed Metra leaders to explain foot dragging over a universal fare system and contactless credit card readers during a state hearing Wednesday.

  • Chicago man dies in fatal commuter train accident Jan 5, 2015 6:08 AM
    A 31-year-old Chicago man has died after being struck by a commuter train in the Uptown neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Authorities say Quinton Davis was hit by a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train at the Argyle stop early Sunday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro says the death is being investigated. He says it’s unclear how Davis ended up on the tracks. An autopsy is scheduled Monday at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

  • Celebrating tonight? Don’t forget public transit Dec 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    To usher out 2014, the CTA is offering free rides and Metra's cracking down on imbibing aboard trains New Year's Eve night. Meanwhile, truckers will wake up to higher tolls in 2015.

  • Chicago Transit offers free rides New Year’s Eve Dec 30, 2014 5:55 AM
    New Year’s Eve merrymakers in Chicago will be able to ride the bus and train for free. The Chicago Transit Authority announced Monday that free rides will begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday and run through 4 a.m. Thursday. The CTA will increase the frequency of service on some popular routes that night. The free rides are sponsored by MillerCoors. Organizers say it’s a safe travel option for people celebrating. Riders shouldn’t use their fare cards during the free ride period because no refunds will be issued. About 150,000 CTA bus and train rides are taken on the holiday annually. Discounts for New Year’s Eve travel will be available elsewhere. Sauk Valley Media reports there’ll be cab discounts for those wanting to get home in Dixon, Rock Falls and Sterling.

  • Chicago man sentenced for assaulting CTA employee Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for sexually assaulting a Chicago Transit Authority employee at gunpoint as she walked home from work.

  • Pyke: Do tax breaks encourage driving over transit? Dec 8, 2014 5:10 AM
    Why is the tax credit for taking Metra, Pace or the CTA to work just half of a tax credit for parking downtown? It's not right, local lawmakers say. “You don’t want different incentives for driving versus taking mass transit,” said congressman Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat.

  • Transit app to debut in February for Metra, CTA and Pace riders Oct 15, 2014 1:28 PM
    In February, Metra expects to start testing a smartphone app that lets riders purchase tickets on trains and display them to conductors. The feature could also be used to add value to Ventra cards for CTA and Pace commuters.

  • Suspect in subway shooting held on $2 million bail Oct 10, 2014 8:31 PM
    A Cook County judge ordered a man accused of shooting at a Chicago subway train held on $2 million bail. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 25-year-old Lorenzo Jones of Chicago appeared in court Friday on felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault with the discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. The incident happened Thursday on an underground platform in the city’s financial district. Nobody was injured, but passengers on the Blue Line train reported hearing several shots as they pulled into the station. Jones was arrested a short time later on the street. Police say the gun was recovered.

  • Chicago man charged in subway train shooting Oct 10, 2014 8:35 AM
    Authorities have charged a man who they say used an assault rifle to fire at a Chicago subway train as it pulled into a business district station. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 25-year-old Lorenzo Jones was charged Thursday with four felony counts including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

  • Chicago Blue Line train derails during rush hour Sep 10, 2014 9:38 AM
    A CTA train derailed Wednesday on the Blue Line, causing major disruption on a key commuter artery at morning rush hour. Heavy rains slowed the commute by vehicle on Chicago’s expressways, and a downed tree blocked another major commuter rail line in the northern suburb of Kenilworth, disrupting service on Metra’s Union Pacific-North Line.

  • Chicago Transit Authority reports drop in crime Jul 29, 2014 5:35 PM
    Chicago officials are releasing figures that show violent crime and thefts on Chicago Transit Authority trains, buses and platforms has dropped significantly.

  • Chicago upgrading to 4G in subways Jul 11, 2014 1:01 PM
    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground. The existing wireless service in those tunnels dates back to 2005, before the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and cannot support modern wireless data needs.

  • Editorial: Metra should get on board with Ventra Jun 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says Metra should have a greater sense of urgency about integrating the Ventra payment card with Pace and CTA.

  • Ventra deadline approaching for Pace, CTA: 10 things to know Jun 17, 2014 8:24 PM
    Pace is pulling out the stops to get the 35 percent of riders not using Ventra to get with the new fare system before July 1. Cash will still be accepted on buses but there's no more free transfers. Here's what you need to know about Pace and CTA's transition to Ventra.

  • Transit regulators urge look at emergency braking systems Jun 12, 2014 7:41 PM
    Federal regulators are asking transit agencies across the nation to check their emergency braking systems at dead-end stations. This after a CTA Blue O'Hare Line train jumped the platform and crashed onto an escalator in March.

  • CTA Blue Line service resumes after ammonia leak at O’Hare Jun 12, 2014 4:24 PM
    A broken pipe near the O’Hare CTA Blue Line station emitted an ammonia-like odor Thursday morning and led to the temporary shut down of train service to the Rosemont station for some three hours, officials said. A hazmat crew from the Chicago Fire Department responded to the platform of the O’Hare station after 9 a.m., where a nearby pipe was leaking liquid, authorities said.

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