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NU Student's Sex Assault Story In Doubt: Police

Chicago Tribune | William Lee and Andrew Wang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago police this afternoon said a report by a female Northwestern University student claiming that she was forced off a Chicago Transit Authority t...

How Metra Lost a New Rider

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

For all the recent crowing from Metra about the transit agency's nifty new homepage, the site's online contact form limits written complaints to 500 characters. Not words. Characters.

CTA Board To Talk Layoffs

chicagocurrent.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Board will vote today on whether or not to lay off more employees next year. ...

CTA Union Chief On Alleged Train Stroller Dragging: 'Something Is Not Adding Up Here'

Chicago Tribune | Stacy St. Clair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A stroller believed to have been involved in an incident on the CTA Red Line on Monday evening could play a key role in determining whether a train op...

CTA Union Prepares For Layoffs

Chicago Public Radio | Tony Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The head of the union representing many Chicago Transit Authority workers says his members are bracing for layoffs....

CTA Union Leader Calls For Return Of Train Conductors: 'We've Dodged A Bullet'

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA should bring back conductors on Red Line trains as a safety measure or remove all trains from service for inspections until the problem of ope...

Man Killed By CTA Bus

STNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A CTA bus fatally struck a 51-year-old man Thursday night on the South Side....

The CTA Is Watching: All 144 Train Stations Getting Security Cameras

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA moved today to equip all 144 rail stations with security cameras....

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...

Jazz Train Coming To The CTA

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jazz is coming to el, though it won't be cheap. Beginning this weekend, the CTA will start running a car featuring live Jazz musicians on a Purple Li...

CTA Votes To Extend L Lines

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

The Chicago Transit Authority board voted today to accept proposals to extend the Red, Yellow and Orange lines on the L system. ...

New CTA Cell Phone Policy: Drivers Can Be Fired For On-Duty Use

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Under a new policy, Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers and train operators can be fired after the first time they're caught using a...

FBI Arrests CTA Radio Hacker Marcel Carter

AP | Rupa Shenoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- A man accused of transmitting on Chicago Transit Authority frequencies more than 300 times could have endangered thousands of lives, f...

CTA Tattler Gives CTA Prez a Pass on Driving to Work

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

The CTA president is leasing a car from the CTA to make sure he doesn't have to ride to work on his own agency's buses and trains. Are you kidding me?

CTA Scrapping 'Cattle Call' Train Cars With Fewer Seats

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last year, after then-CTA President Ron Huberman introduced with great fanfare the cars with 12 or 14 fewer seats and announced plans to expand Maxis ...

Public Transit Agency Employees Lose Free Private Car Perk

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

Looking to cut costs at a time the mass-transit agency is strapped for cash, CTA President Richard Rodriguez says he'll take away employees' free take...

CTA Surveys Customers ... Badly

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

Maybe CTA President Richard Rodriguez should spend less time driving to work and more time attending to the system that 1.5 million riders a day depend on to get around Chicago.

CTA Funding Cut By $35 Million: 'Everything Is On The Table'

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority will have to make do with $35 million less this year after the Regional Transportation Authority board cut the operating...

Traders, Lap Dances, And Pensions: Overlooked Bloomberg Reports

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

We recently came across two criminally overlooked stories from Bloomberg that cover some very impressive ground. In a report from March, Bloomberg t...

Cash-Strapped CTA Deferring Bus And Train Maintenance To Save Money

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA will defer a huge chunk of preventive maintenance work on buses and trains and make other painful cuts to erase a projected $155 million short...

Chicago Transit Ridership Up 9 Percent In Last Five Years: RTA

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

More area residents used public transit, and there was more public transit to use between 2003 and 2007, according to a Regional Transportation Author...

CTA Robberies, Thefts Up 77 Percent

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Robbery has soared 77 percent on CTA trains, buses and platforms in the last three years, the Sun-Times reports. According the the Chicago Police Dep...

CTA Likely To Scrap Accordion-Style Buses

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Transit Authority has permanently parked 225 accordion-style buses after finding cracks and structural defects it says cal...

CTA Budget Shortfall Down To $53.7 Million

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Injections of federal and state funding have helped brighten the Chicago Transit Authority's gloomy budget outlook, transit officials said today. ...

CTA Locked In Gas Prices At High Rate 66% Above Market

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

The CTA took a big bet on fuel prices this year, and so far is losing big. The transit agency, facing a budget shortfall of $242 million, is paying $...