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  • Surveillance video shows CTA Blue Line crash Mar 26, 2014 10:16 AM
    In case of an emergency, a CTA train operator can push a red button to trigger powerful electromagnetic brakes that could have stopped the lead car of a Blue Line train from catapulting onto an escalator Monday at the O’Hare station.The fact that last resort wasn’t used reinforces concerns the train operator was dozing or points to a major mechanical failure, safety expert John Plante said.

  • Safety systems, operator scrutinized after CTA crash Mar 25, 2014 7:35 AM
    An automatic braking system like one scheduled to be installed by next year on some railroads might have helped stop a CTA train from derailing and flying onto an escalator at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning, investigators say. They’re also looking into why safety measures already in place did not prevent the crash, which injured 32 people. Meanwhile, a transit union official said the train operator “might have dozed off” before the crash.

  • Ventra switch coming July 1 for Pace, CTA riders Mar 14, 2014 6:02 PM
    Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority will officially transfer to Ventra, the new fare system July 1. Kinks that continued through the rollout of Ventra last fall and summer are worked out, officials promised.

  • Editorial: Transit task force on right track about pay Mar 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says preliminary recommendations from a public transit task force ethics committee make sense and could help improve the public's confidence in these agencies.

  • CTA’s Blue Line work means station closings Feb 24, 2014 5:58 PM
    Expect weekend closures on sections of the CTA's Blue Line if you're heading into the city or O'Hare starting in March. It's part of a rehab of the Blue Line.

  • Transit agencies on defensive at state hearing Feb 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    State lawmakers put transit leaders on the spot Monday with questions about Metra's handling of the polar vortex, the transition to Ventra, and an embarrassing report on inappropriate comments by RTA executives.

  • Ventra cost CTA $1.2 million in free rides Dec 30, 2013 4:01 PM
    Chicago transit officials say problems with the new Ventra fare system have cost it $1.2 million in free rides. The Chicago Transit Authority made the announcement on Monday. The CTA says it will pursue reimbursement from Ventra’s vendor, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. CTA spokesman Brian Steele says Cubic has “indicated they will reimburse” the CTA. The estimate covers the period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 19. The CTA says more than 900,000 bus rides and 21,000 rail rides were free “because Ventra fare readers were not functioning correctly.” However CTA officials say Ventra is doing better. They say performance has improved as it continues to monitor the new system.

  • Chicago transit eligible for more federal funds Nov 19, 2013 5:37 PM
    The transit system in Chicago is the first in the nation to benefit from an overhauled federal grant program. That’s allowing the Chicago Transit Authority to move ahead with planning for more rebuilding work on the rail system’s backbone Red Line and the North suburban Purple Line.

  • Ventra card readers malfunction Nov 13, 2013 9:28 PM
    Chicago Transit Authority officials say the agency had to hand out more than 15,000 free rides after 165 fare readers malfunctioned at 60 rail stations during Wednesday evening's rush hour.

  • Can task force solve feud between Metra, Pace, CTA? Oct 3, 2013 7:06 AM
    Members of a state task force got an earful from transit leaders about funding dysfunction and rivalries over a shrinking revenue pie Wednesday. Gov. Pat Quinn's panel is supposed to study how to eliminate waste, fraud and abuses and streamline any administrative redundancies at Metra, Pace, the CTA and Regional Transportation Authority.

  • Transit agencies lay out differences to panel Sep 25, 2013 6:59 PM
    Transit leaders defended their records on ethics and performance in making their first appearance before a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday. The task force is scrutinizing Metra, Pace, the RTA and CTA in an effort to improve efficiency and transparency.

  • Metra, Pace and the CTA waste money, RTA chief says Sep 15, 2013 6:32 AM
    RTA Chairman John S. Gates hopes a state panel will hear his calls for more oversight of Metra, Pace and the CTA. His latest plan calls for consolidating purchasing, arguing it will save money. But Pace officials say Gates is wrong. “We're disappointed and frustrated that once again, Chairman Gates has issued a memo that mischaracterizes events,” Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said.

  • Metra, Pace and the CTA waste money, RTA chief says Sep 14, 2013 5:17 PM
    RTA Chairman John S. Gates hopes a state panel will hear his calls for more oversight of Metra, Pace and the CTA. His latest plan calls for consolidating purchasing, arguing it will save money. But Pace officials counter Gates got his facts wrong.

  • Using Ventra on CTA, Pace will get better, officials say Sep 10, 2013 5:23 AM
    Some glitches have surfaced so far for suburban commuters hoping to switch to Pace and the CTA's new Ventra fare system, but the agencies have three months to get it right. Monday marked the the universal fare program's debut. “It’s still a work in progress,” Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said.

  • New CTA, Pace fare system called Ventra begins Monday Sep 5, 2013 7:12 PM
    What you need to know about Pace and the CTA's new fare system Ventra. It rolls out Monday as the region steps into the world of universal fares -- with the exception of Metra. Ventra “was designed with the possibility of adding Metra in the future ... when or if they ultimately determine to be part of it,” a Pace spokesman said.

  • Fare hike for transit riders getting on at O'Hare Jul 4, 2013 8:15 AM
    Most transit passengers getting on Chicago's Blue Line at O'Hare International Airport will now be paying sharply higher fares of $5. The fare was increased from $2.25 in January along with other price hikes affecting certain types of tickets throughout the rail system. However, the Chicago Transit Authority kept some exemptions in place for people getting on at O'Hare while it worked out a system to ensure employees working at the airport wouldn't be subject to the hike.

  • Ventra arriving late summer for CTA, Pace passengers Jun 25, 2013 5:43 PM
    Pace and the CTA's new fare system, Ventra, starts to gear up in August, with full implementation set for September.

  • Pace hoping to set up Park and Ride at Sears Centre Arena Jun 10, 2013 5:59 PM
    In an effort to expand a bus route that runs from the Rosemont CTA Blue Line stop to Hoffman Estates, Pace is requesting the use of parking spaces at the Sears Centre Arena to serve suburban commuters heading to Chicago.

  • Seniors can expect new transit permits this fall May 29, 2013 5:35 PM
    The RTA is notifying seniors about changes to the reduced fare and ride-free programs. The CTA and Pace are switching over to a contactless card system dubbed Ventra later this year. As a result, new RTA permits for seniors that interact with the new system will be mailed this fall.

  • CTA, Pace face learning curve on joint fare cards Apr 8, 2013 5:23 AM
    What will Pace and the CTA's new Ventra card mean for suburban commuters? The move's drawn fire from some Chicago commuters but officials say it should ease travel for riders switching between the systems. The jury's still out on what it means for Metra riders who transfer to CTA from Union or Ogilvie stations.

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