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  • 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.

  • Pace, Rosemont propose cutting lunchtime circulator route to entertainment district Aug 16, 2014 7:41 AM
    An infrequently used “lunchtime circulator” Pace bus route that brings people to and from the Rosemont entertainment district on weekdays may be eliminated.

  • Quinn signs Pace shoulder-riding program into law Aug 11, 2014 8:07 PM
    Legislation that allows a suburban Chicago bus agency’s vehicles to ride on the shoulders of a major roadway is now law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a plan on Monday that makes Pace’s “Bus on Shoulders” pilot program permanent.

  • Pace, Tollway deal would ramp up service along I-90 Jul 16, 2014 5:53 PM
    The Illinois tollway and Pace are partnering to build three parking lots along the I-90 corridor that will feed into an expanded express bus service.

  • This time, Ventra launch going smoothly so far Jul 1, 2014 4:38 PM
    The first full-day of Ventra or cash only transactions at Pace and CTA have gone smoothly, according to transit agency officials. Nearly a year since it's ill-fated introduction, the Ventra card fare system allows commuters to switch between the two transit options seamlessly.

  • 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.

  • Pace hitting the streets to explain Ventra May 15, 2014 10:09 PM
    Pace is handing out Ventra cards at a number of events this spring.

  • Downtown Des Plaines getting new bus shelter May 12, 2014 1:31 PM
    Des Plaines will pay a portion of the costs of a new downtown bus shelter after all. The city council last week approved the purchase of a $17,567 shelter from Duo-Gard Industries in Canton, Michigan, with $3,904 of the costs to be covered by Pace. The city will pay its portion using funds from the downtown tax increment financing district.

  • Say goodbye to magnetic CTA cards starting May 1 Apr 22, 2014 11:37 AM
    New deadlines are approaching for Pace and CTA riders as both agencies transition to a new fare system.

  • House gives Pace go-ahead to stay on I-55 shoulder Apr 11, 2014 7:17 PM
    The Illinois House approved a plan this week to permanently allow Pace buses to drive on the shoulder of I-55 in hopes of someday expanding it into more areas of the suburbs.

  • RTA funding Rosemont transit study Apr 8, 2014 7:11 PM
    The Regional Transportation Authority board has approved a $250,000 study to improve access to Rosemont’s CTA Blue Line station and assess the potential for transit-oriented development on adjacent land. The funding is $200,000 in federal dollars and $50,000 from the RTA.

  • Bus stop to return to downtown Des Plaines Mar 18, 2014 1:28 PM
    A bus shelter in downtown Des Plaines removed last year during a city streetscape improvement project will be reinstalled, officials said. Pace will pay for a new shelter at the location of the previous shelter, on the north side of Miner Street about 150 feet east of Lee Street.

  • 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.

  • Snow all over suburban sidewalks puts pedestrians in peril Mar 10, 2014 5:55 AM
    Thousands of pedestrians have experienced a winter not just of discontent but downright peril, thanks to record snowfalls and a laissez faire attitude toward shoveling sidewalks in the suburbs. “It’s very dangerous,” mom Toni Sim said. “Especially with people (driving) and doing their makeup, texting, checking Facebook. No one has time to shovel the snow and the village doesn’t want to get involved.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Quinn announces Barrington Rd. interchange funding Feb 7, 2014 2:28 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and many other elected and appointed officials were in Hoffman Estates Friday morning for the announcement of a $68 million funding plan for a long-awaited full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Its going to happen! village President Bill McLeod pronounced, as if in disbelief.

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