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  • Indiana reminds travelers of county travel advisory map Jan 6, 2015 6:22 AM
    Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — With a winter storm arriving in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding motorists they can check road conditions with the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map. The map is updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the local travel condition and whether they warrant a warning, watch, advisory and caution. The map is available online or on mobile devices by downloading the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone in the App Store, and Android in the Google Play Store. The National Weather Service predicted as much as 7 inches of snow would fall on parts of northern Indiana by midday Tuesday.

     
  • Metra hopes to avoid missteps of 2014 polar vortex Jan 6, 2015 9:07 AM
    Is Metra ready for Polar Vortex II? Even if it's a lesser version of the big chill of 2014, riders are concerned about a meltdown following delays Monday with snow forecast for today. CEO Don Orseno said the agency is as ready as it can be.

     
  • Pyke: More airline charges, gas tax hike top 2015 transit predictions Jan 5, 2015 5:22 AM
    Momentum for a western terminal at O'Hare. A new train line in the Loop. Airlines charging for aisle seats. And expansion of sales or gas taxes in Illinois to pay for transportation. Three experts predict what to expect on the transportation front in 2015.

     
  • ‘Operation Click’ getting results among teens Jan 5, 2015 1:52 PM
    Operation Click, the incentive-based program to encourage high schoolers to buckle up while driving, reports that nearly every Northwest suburban school reporting has 93 percent seat belt usage, or higher, by students.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Speed-camera backlash has towns scraping for cash Jan 3, 2015 7:19 AM
    Municipalities that installed traffic cameras to boost revenue are scraping for cash to fill budget gaps after complaints by irate drivers forced them to cancel their use.

     
  • Illinois girl, 7, survives plane crash, hikes for help Jan 3, 2015 7:41 PM
    The girl had a broken wrist, but was coherent and calm when interviewed by authorities, Kentucky State Police Sgt. Brent White said. White and Larry Wilkins both described the terrain she walked through as heavily wooded with thick brush. White said the girl traversed two embankments, a hill and a creek bed. Wilkins said the temperatures were below 40 degrees when the girl showed up at his door.

     
  • Lake in the Hills offers incentives to fill airport vacancies Jan 2, 2015 5:08 AM
    Lake in the Hills is offering incentives to attract new airport tenants in 2015. The T-Hangar Incentive Program rewards current airport tenants with a finder’s fee equivalent to one month’s rent — $302 — for referring new tenants entering into a one-year lease.

     
  • Pyke: How to make the most of suburban transit Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Just because you live in the suburbs doesn't mean you have to rely on your car to get around. There are plenty of transit options out there on the roads and at the train tracks.

     
  • Uber prices to surge again this New Year’s Eve Dec 31, 2014 7:35 AM
    New Year’s Eve: It’s the day to overpay for everything from that glass of flat Champagne to the impossibly high heels you’ll wear just once, to — once again — that ride from Uber. The ride-hailing app expects this New Year’s Eve to be its busiest night ever.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Illinois driving allowed without sticker under law Dec 30, 2014 5:57 AM
    Motorists may drive without an up-to-date vehicle registration sticker under a law that takes effect Thursday. Secretary of State Jesse White proposed the plan to allow driving with a receipt showing a sticker purchase— even if it hasn’t been applied to the license plate yet. White says thousands of motorists have to visit driver’s services facilities to buy updated stickers because they do it in the last few days before old stickers expire. This law allows more online purchases. In the closing days of October, 104,000 customers bought stickers at facilities. There were 5,000 online purchases. A motorist must carry an online-purchase receipt in his or her car. It’s valid for only a month after the previous sticker’s expiration.

     
  • Transit meetings will stream online Dec 30, 2014 7:08 PM
    Chicago area transit boards will have to stream their meetings live online by at least next summer under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday. The proposal, which takes effect in June, also requires recordings of the meeting be posted online.

     
  • Georgia woman files suit in Indiana Megabus crash Dec 30, 2014 1:06 PM
    A Georgia woman injured when a double-decker bus crashed in southern Indiana is suing Megabus and other defendants. Dyrell Lee of Hamilton, Georgia, filed the lawsuit last week in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois against Coach Leasing Inc., Coach U.S.A. Inc., Megabus Southeast LLC and Megabus U.S.A. LLC. Lee’s Chicago attorney, Tom Zimmerman, says she’s suing over medical bills and lost wages stemming from the injured shoulder, concussion, bruising and cuts she sustained in the Dec. 20 crash. Megabus spokesman Sean Hughes tells The (Seymour) Tribune the company hasn’t seen the lawsuit and has no comment. The bus operated by Megabus was carrying 68 passengers and traveling from Chicago to Atlanta when it slid off Interstate 65 in Seymour and rolled onto its side, injuring 24 people.

     
  • In 2015, Illinois to confront daunting issues, divisions Dec 30, 2014 12:47 PM
    Keeping schools and social services funded. Making higher education more affordable. Addressing crowded prisons. Possibly redoing pension reform. As it enters 2015, Illinois faces a list of daunting issues that always seems to grow longer. The Jan. 12 inauguration of a new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, will bring a new approach and momentary festivity to Springfield, but whether he then can find common ground with Democrats who control the General Assembly is yet another issue to be worked out.

     
  • Schaumburg awarded for saving Pace bus route Dec 28, 2014 4:24 PM
    The village of Schaumburg has been given the American City & County Crown Communities Award for its role in preserving Pace Bus Route 554, which it considered a vital transportation link serving a variety of Schaumburg destinations.

     
  • Gas under $2 a gallon at some suburban pumps Dec 27, 2014 9:33 PM
    Drivers, fill ‘er up. As average prices slide across the country, some suburban gas stations are offering under $2 a gallon. In Bensenville, drivers were paying $1.99 at the pump Saturday afternoon.

     
  • Christie, Cuomo veto Port Authority oversight legislation Dec 27, 2014 7:34 PM
    The bill was designed to clean up an agency long known for dysfunction and scandals, including most recently the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that ensnarled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. It had the unanimous support of the New York and New Jersey legislatures.The bill would have overhauled the troubled agency by requiring an independent annual audit, creating an inspector general’s office, restricting lobbying and creating a whistleblower protection program. It also would have required Port Authority board members to swear they’ll act in good faith.

     
  • Small planes collide in Maryland Dec 27, 2014 7:26 PM
    The Carroll County Times reportsthat at about 4 p.m. Saturday the wings of two planes clipped each other in the air above the at Carroll County Regional Airport. The Maryland State Police says there were no injuries reported, but the pilot of one of the planes was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

     
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