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  • Pace adds incentive to Ventra cards Nov 14, 2013 6:20 PM
    Eager to get Ventra cards into riders' hands, Pace will be handing out cards with $2 preloaded next week. Cards are free, but you need to register first. The promotion lasts through Dec. 6 with nine events.

  • Des Plaines railroad bridge among projects to get federal funds Nov 12, 2013 2:12 PM
    An interchange at Route 62 and Randall Road, a grade separation at the Union Pacific tracks and Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, and funding for the West Branch Regional Trail in DuPage County are among the winners as CMAP awards $286 million in federal pollution relief grants.

  • Ventra deadline pushed back Nov 5, 2013 6:22 PM
    Pace and the CTA are pushing back the deadline to convert to a new fare system, Ventra, because of some technical glitches customers are enduring. For now, both the old and new system will operate in parallel.

  • RTA grants will combat reliance on cars Nov 4, 2013 6:29 PM
    Fox Lake, Geneva, Kane County and Pace are richer by a collective $248,000 in Regional Transportation Authority grants. The money is intended to encourage transit use and make it part of the suburban lifestyle.

  • Are suburbs getting short end of transit stick? Oct 28, 2013 7:47 AM
    If you pay $4.50 in tax for a sweater at Oakbrook Center, should some of that money go toward a midmorning Metra train on the BNSF? Or should a portion pay for a faster ride on the Blue Line? That's the essence of an age-old suburban-city turf war over transit funding that recently reignited.“Transit needs are significant here,” DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said Friday at the John Noel Public Transit Conference in Oak Brook. “Tax dollars for transit should directly benefit those who pay them.”

  • Changes coming to Pace with Ventra transition Oct 25, 2013 4:36 PM
    Pace riders will face some changes as the agency shifts over to a new fare system called Ventra. Among the proposed revisions to existing products are the elimination of Pace’s 10-Ride Plus ticket and the end of giving transfers to cash-paying customers.

  • Pace working through Ventra issues Oct 8, 2013 6:13 PM
    Pace will answer your pressing questions about the new fare system with the CTA dubbed Ventra at suburban locations next week. Meanwhile, some customers were frustrated trying to interact with the system online Monday.

  • Decision looms on senior buses in Grafton, Rutland townships Oct 6, 2013 6:51 AM
    Rutland Township leaders never had to shuttle their senior and disabled residents around, because Grafton Township always did it for them — for free. But now Grafton officials they can't afford this, leaving Rutland officials to decide whether to pony up or find another program.

  • 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.

  • RTA fails to reach funding agreement Sep 18, 2013 5:34 AM
    In a repeat of 2012, the RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA are at odds over how to divide up revenues. The dysfunction means missing a state deadline but that happened last year and no one went to "RTA jail," one director pointed out. Adding to the friction, the RTA is demanding the CTA pay back a disputed $56 million loan.

  • 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.

  • How insurance option slipped by Metra board Aug 26, 2013 5:21 AM
    Were Metra board members deceived about the potential of letting their insurance company handle corruption allegations and a possible lawsuit by ex-CEO Alex Clifford? Several of them say so. Director Arlene Mulder, former Arlington Heights mayor, said no one laid out the insurance options for directors. “We were given two options — fight Shakman and the deal we ultimately approved. I’m anxious to find out why we didn’t know,” she said.

  • Learn all about new Ventra fares on Pace Jul 15, 2013 6:03 PM
    Learn more about Pace and the CTA's new fare system in a series of forums across the suburbs. First up is at 11 a.m. today in Arlington Heights at Pace headquarters.

  • 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.

  • Pace to expand shoulder-riding buses Apr 30, 2013 6:04 PM
    Pace is expanding service on its popular I-55 Bus on Shoulder program where buses show their maverick side by riding on the shoulder when traffic is heavy. Similar innovations are expected on the Jane Addams Tollway in the future, officials said.

  • 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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