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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?
By Marni Pyke
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
By Marni Pyke
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
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.
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
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
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
By Marni Pyke
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.
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