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The Ventra Era Begins: What You Need To Know

Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

A new payment system era blows into Chicago as Ventra cards are rolled out to the masses Monday. Depending on who you ask, however, some commuters...

Transit 2020: An Immodest Proposal For The CTA

Gapers Block | Ramsin Canon | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

Outside of the persistent problem of slack capital spending, Chicago rapid transit currently suffers from two major physical problems. The El leaves a...

CTA Budget Woes: No Fare Hikes For 2011, More Dunkin Donuts And Ad Space

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

A CTA fare hike will not factor into transit President Forrest Claypool’s strategy to balance the $102.7 million shortfall in state funding this yea...

CTA Cuts 54 Jobs, Saves $15 Million; No Word On Fare Hikes

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool, the newly appointed president of the Chicago Transit Authority, isn't wasting much time in cutting costs at the cash-strapped agency...

CTA Launching Train Tracker In Early January

Chicago Now- Going Public | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Track that train! CTA President Rich Rodriguez announced Thursday that a pilot version of the CTA Train Tracker will be launched in early January ...

NAME THAT TRAIN: Corporate Sponsorships Coming To CTA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the Chicago Transit Authority struggles to deal with shrinking revenues, executives are coming up with creative ways to make money--which is why ou...

CTA Layoffs Expected For Early 2010, Says Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA has notified employees that it plans layoffs at the beginning of 2010, the train operators' union said. The agency issued notices under the fe...

Back to Business as Usual

Michael Moreci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Moreci

A month after the city was rebuffed in its Olympics bid, the financial hand wringing has returned. The smokescreen Daley spread over the city's economic disasters for the IOC has dissipated.

How To Make The CTA Great

The Urbanophile | Aaron M. Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Both the current and former CTA presidents, Richard Rodriguez and Ron Huberman, said that Chicago has a good transit system (I agree) but deserves a g...

CTA Ridership Gain Highest In 34 Years

STNG/CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA on Wednesday announced that 2008 combined bus and rail ridership increased by 26.8 million rides, a gain of 5.4 percent over 2007. The total o...

What Would You Ask The CTA President?

CTA Tattler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CTA Tattler is holding its second "Coffee with Ron" this weekend, and again I'm soliciting your questions to ask him. The first coffee in March featu...

'Standing Room' Cars Begin On Brown Line Today

Chicago Sun-Times | MARY WISNIEWSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Starting with this afternoon's rush hour, the CTA will begin testing reduced-seating rail cars on the Brown Line -- cars that are designed to squeeze ...

CTA Loop Signaling Project Year Behind Schedule

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA is running 377 days behind schedule on its project to modernize train signals in the Loop, Chris Bushell, CTA manager of power and way, told t...

CTA Holding Public Meetings

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA is holding four public meetings starting today to hear from riders about how it can better serve them. From the Tribune: The first meeting w...

Daley: Blame Blagojevich For CTA Problems

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If the CTA is forced to raise fares in 2009 for the first time in three years, blame Gov. Blagojevich. Mayor Daley didn't come right out and say that...

Chicago Testing Electric Hybrid Buses

Chicago Sun-Times | MARY WISNIEWSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The CTA is testing a new hybrid electric bus that can get seven to eight miles per gallon -- double the mpg of current CTA hybrids. The new hybrid en...