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  • Metra smartphone app should be ready for riders in May Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    Metra inked a contract with Cubicy, the CTA and Pace's Ventra fare system developer, to create a smartphone app. It would allow passengers to buy and display tickets on their phones and could let Metra recoup some lost dollars from unpunched tickets. “We want to be sure we roll it out right,” senior planner Lynnette Ciavarella said.

  • Enhanced links to transit will be the focus of planning in downtown Libertyville Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Libertyville has received an $80,000 grant from the Regional Transportation Authority to create a plan for transit-oriented development in the area surrounding the Metra commuter rail station downtown. The plan will determine the appropriate number of dwelling units and land uses and how to improve transit connections for existing and potential businesses.

  • Michael Madigan son-in-law Jordan Matyas to exit RTA chief of staff post Oct 17, 2014 5:45 PM
    Controversial RTA executive Jordan Matyas will leave his post at the end of the month. The son-in-law of House Speaker Michael Madigan was the subject of questions about whether his hiring was political. Matyas' resignation comes with new leadership at the agency.

  • Ebola screening starts at O’Hare Oct 16, 2014 4:59 PM
    Screening for the Ebola virus has begun at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Customs and health officials at O’Hare started taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries Thursday. Up to 25 passengers arrive daily from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • Ebola outbreak sparks finger-pointing in Senate race Oct 16, 2014 6:44 PM
    The Centers for Disease Control officials are learning on the job as the agency confronts cases of the deadly ebola virus in the U.S., U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday. O'Hare started screening passengers but Durbin said banning flights from west Africa could be counter-productive. His election opponent Sen. Jim Oberweis countered that Durbin and the feds were "asleep at the switch."

  • Feds find Metra ‘generally compliant’ but cite safety issues Oct 16, 2014 6:25 PM
    Metra could do better when it comes to safety, a federal report finds. Although generally compliant with regulations, the feds concluded that conductors were torn between safety-related tasks and collecting fares, that more warnings are needed for engineers when crossing tracks and a confidential phone line for "close calls" would help.

  • Higher tolls for trucks coming in 2015 Oct 15, 2014 8:43 PM
    Toll increases on trucks will boost the Illinois tollway's revenues in 2015. The agency's draft budget includes seven more engineers, $6 million to plan the proposed Route 53 extension, and lots more construction. The truck toll dates back to an ill-fated Blagojevich era road program.

  • Could your I-PASS be welcomed in more states? Oct 15, 2014 9:19 PM
    Want to take your I-PASS out west? The Illinois tollway is exploring ways to cooperate with like agencies so driving to other states won't involve paying tolls in cash or getting billed later.

  • Screenings for Ebola to start at O'Hare today Oct 16, 2014 9:07 AM
    Fever screenings are set to begin at O'Hare International Airport today, ABC 7 reported. Dr. Julie Morita, chief medical officer of Chicago's Department of Public Health, emphasized that there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Chicago area. Morita said O'Hare will implement procedures Thursday to screen all arriving passengers originating from West Africa for fever.

  • RTA picks suburban planner as new chief Oct 15, 2014 5:15 PM
    RTA leaders appointed acting chief Leanne Redden as the agency's executive director Wednesday. That leaves leadership of the agency stable after major transitions earlier this year. 6"

  • Transit app to debut in February for Metra, CTA and Pace riders 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.

  • Doesn’t want longer runway at CEA Oct 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Phillip Zbaraz of Prospect Heights does not want more jet noise out of Chicago Executive Airport, and he says that's exactly what a longer runway will bring.

  • FAA Aurora air traffic center fully operational Oct 13, 2014 10:44 AM
    The Aurora air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

  • Travelers tell tales as air traffic control facility reopens Oct 13, 2014 5:48 AM
    Lori Palmer missed saying goodbye to her dying sister-in-law. Jerry Koncel's vacation of a lifetime to Incan ruins was ruined. Another man fled the frying pan of flight cancellations to the fire of an Amtrak marathon. And one family welcomed a respite from the cacaphony of jet noise. Readers tell their stories after sabotage at Chicago Center.

  • Residents say pilot's actions spared lives on the ground Oct 14, 2014 1:04 PM
    Residents in a Palos Hills neighborhood were out Monday looking at scattered pieces of a small plane that crashed hours before, wondering if the last act of a pilot before his death was to find a vacant lot on a street crowded with houses to spare lives. “It looks like he aimed for the one vacant spot,” said Barbara Janusz, who lives with her daughter's family in a house in Palos Hills where she said the plane's wings came to rest. “I'm sure he sacrificed his own life for everybody else's, bless his soul.”

  • Editorial: Metra still has much selling to do on fare-hike plan Oct 12, 2014 5:13 PM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the idea of updating Metra's rolling stock has merit, but the idea of huge fare increases to support it require a lot of specifics and a lot of study and new board members must take their oversight roles seriously.

  • Mt. Prospect paying much more for road salt Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM
    Mount Prospect will have to pay more than 40 percent more for road salt this year, which could prove costly if this winter is like the last with its near record snowfall. The village board has agreed to a contract with Morton Salt to provide salt at the state’s joint purchasing unit price of $75.79 per ton, at a cost not to exceed $409,266 unless approved by the village board.

  • Villa Park seeks road money to ‘start investing in our town’ Oct 12, 2014 7:00 AM
    Villa Park voters are being asked to approve a tax increase to allow the village to borrow $23 million over 20 years to reconstruct and/or resurface 20 miles of streets.

  • Lawmakers aren’t embracing Metra fare increases Oct 10, 2014 6:34 PM
    State lawmakers' reaction to 10 years of Metra fare hikes averaging a total of 68 percent ranged from dubious to cautious support. “Before there is a decision to raise fares, the first thing is to let us know where you are willing to cut, and they have not articulated that,” said state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat who has been critical of Metra in the past.

  • Does the gov’t have the power to order airport Ebola screenings? Oct 10, 2014 10:24 AM
    The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say. Though airline passengers may find it intrusive to have their temperature taken or directed against their wishes to seek medical care, the government has wide power when it comes to public health and border control, experts say, including quarantine and isolation.

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