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It's Groundhog Day at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.17.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Five years ago, on September 15, 2010, a group of mothers began a sit-in at Whittier Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The mothers took this action only after trying unsuccessfully for years to get a library for their kids' school.

A Road Trip for Public Transportation

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.18.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Sometimes I need a good road trip to think about public transportation. Last week I took a much needed working vacation by flying to Reno. A friend met me there and we started our adventure, by car, in the rapidly hipsterfying Midtown neighborhood.

Prosecutors: Man Punched Woman On Train After She Didn't Give Him Her Number

Posted 12.03.2014 | Crime

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — When a Bridgeport woman riding the "L" refused to give a man...

Chicago Transit Authority Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Transport Themselves

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new report by the Better Government Association found that the Chicago Transit Authority's retirement plan and health care trust spent almost $60,00...

5 Ways Chicago Transit Authority Shows It Hates Chicagoans

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.15.2014 | Chicago
Olivia Cole

If you live here, you have felt it. Perhaps you've thought, "I have been standing on this platform/bus stop for half of my life. Why? Someone must hate me."

Ventra Glitches Cost CTA $1.2 Million In Free Rides

Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago

Glitches from the Chicago Transit Authority's new fare payment vendor have cost the agency more than a million dollars in free rides in a two-and-a-ha...

9 Benefits of Chicago's New Ventra Card

The Second City | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
The Second City

To complete the rollout and prevent any possible glitches and outages, Ventra has enlisted the skills of the federal government to employ the same cutting-edge back-end technology used to power popular, heavily-trafficked successes like

Transit Union: Put Ventra On Ice Until It's Functional

Posted 11.01.2013 | Chicago

Just stop it. That's the gist of the message the local transit worker's union has for the Chicago Transit Authority regarding its rollout of the n...

Report: CTA Footing The Bill For $245K In Ventra Courtesy Calls

Posted 10.29.2013 | Chicago

Is Ventra passing the buck? After frustrated users clogged Ventra's service center during the rollout of the new fare payment system in September, ...

South Branch Of The Red Line Is Back!

Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago

Updated story After five months of demolition and rebuilding, the south branch of the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line is back in business as o...

The Vent-RAGE Continues

Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago

If Ventra were a train line, it would be called the Hot Mess Express. Monday marked a crucial day in the rollout of the Chicago Transit Authority's...

4G Wireless Service Coming To CTA Subways

Posted 10.31.2013 | Chicago

Good news, smartphone-using CTA commuters! The city is planning on Thursday to announce details of its plan for a major wireless upgrade the underg...

CTA Launches New Safety Campaign After 7 Deaths

Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago

Seven people have died on the El tracks so far this year, prompting the Chicago Transit Authority to step up efforts to keep passengers off rails and ...

Students: Ventra Card Rollout Is A Glitch-Filled Mess

Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

Call it Ventrage. As the mass rollout for the Chicago Transit Authority's new Ventra payment system nears, several early users are complaining the ...

What Metra and Transit Agency Improvements Will We Achieve?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

With news of another group looking at fixing our transit oversight in Illinois, we wonder what will be the legacy of the Metra Memogate? What will we have accomplished?

Double-dip Dem Debate

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley, are fully sparring now over cronyism as this Daley says Quinn's nomination to the Chicago Transit Authority of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli violates the spirit of a law that doesn't allow some board nominees to get multiple government salaries.

Quinn and Daley Toe to Toe; Civil Committee Fahner's Faux Pas

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.10.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Well, just in time for the Illinois State Fair campaigning, the sniping has begun between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley.

Family Biz Hurts Us

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Here's our one-stop shop to the best news and views on reform topics from around the state.

Farewell, Accordion Doors! CTA's Oldest Rail Cars Retiring

Posted 08.08.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority is throwing a retirement party on Thursday for its oldest fleet of rail cars: the 2200 series. According to the CTA, ...

CTA's New 'Customer-Friendly' Rail Car Design Has One Big Change

Posted 08.02.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority on Friday offered the first glimpse at the latest generation of rail cars coming down the pike -- and there's one big ch...

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

State Budget Cuts Could Mean CTA, Metra Fare Hikes

Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

Riders on CTA, Metra and Pace public transit in the Chicago area could be facing a new round of fare hikes after the Illinois General Assembly slashed...

Why the CTA's Stroller Policy Irritates Me as a Mom

Megan Cottrell | Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago
Megan Cottrell

I avoid taking the CTA these days. For one, it's a big hassle with Teddy. How exactly am I supposed to hold down the button for the disabled entrance,...

CTA's Ventra System To Launch In August

Posted 06.26.2013 | Chicago

Love it or loathe it, the Chicago Transit Authority's new Ventra payment system is kicking off soon, with an official launch date set for August. ...

A Red Line South Branch Shutdown Survival Guide

Posted 05.17.2013 | Chicago

The day is almost here. The five-month-long shutdown of the Red Line's southern branch starts Sunday, at which point service between the 95th Stree...