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CTA Service Disruptions Continue In Phase 2 Of Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction

Posted 04.29.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Work continues this week on the Wells Street Bridge for the second -- and final -- phase of the 90-year-old bridge's reconstruction. ...

CTA Board Concerned With New Ventra Fees, OKs Them Anyway

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

Despite some board members having lingering questions about how exactly it will work, the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday unanimously approved ...

Google Rolls Out 'L' Of A Map With CTA Rail Colors

Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Transit Authority passengers know the system has plenty of colorful characters, but now a petition to Google has resulted in transit maps to m...

CTA Ventra Critics Say Price Plan Will Hurt The Poor

Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

As the start date for the Chicago Transit Authority's new Ventra payment system nears, critics are questioning whether several of the plan's strategie...

PHOTOS: Wells Street Bridge Re-Opens To CTA Trains

Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

Downtown commuters rejoice: The Wells Street bridge is re-open to trains as of Monday morning. Following nine days of commute-crushing construction...

Midway Flying High After Airport Moves Record Traffic

Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

O'Hare International may be Chicago's largest airport (and the nation's second-busiest overall) but the city's smaller sister airport Midway Internati...

First Designs For Ashland, Western Rapid Bus Lanes Revealed

Posted 10.17.2012 | Chicago

The CTA intents to add bus rapid transit (BRT) service along Ashland and Western, and revealed initial designs of the nascent plan in a public meeting...

CTA Groupon Deal Goes Live, Offers Discounted 3-Day Passes

Posted 06.25.2012 | Chicago

Groupon on Monday unveiled a long-awaited daily deal that's sure to sell out not long after its debut: Vastly-discounted Chicago Transit Authority thr...

Uber To Partner With Taxis In Low-Cost Chicago Pilot Program

Posted 04.19.2012 | Chicago

Smart phone app-based car service Uber is launching an experimental program in Chicago that adds taxis to the lineup, in an effort to make the on-dema...

Memoirs Of A CTA Warrior

Red Eye Chicago | Tracy Swartz, RedEye | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago

No, seriously, it doesn't get more real than this. Since April 2009, I've been riding one CTA bus a week, end to end, in an attempt to travel every CT...

Consumer Protection Commissioner Proposes Hikes In Taxicab Fares, Lease Prices

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

The commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection has begun the first overhaul to taxicab regulation in Chicago in nearly...

FasPark: They Can Find Parking in Chicago Better Than You

Kathryn Born | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago
Kathryn Born

Parking in Chicago is so hard, it required a software architect and artificial intelligence professor to make sense of it.

Texting While Biking Could Now Get You A Ticket

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance barring bicyclists from using their cell phones to text message or talk on the phone witho...

CTA Chief Discloses Agency Deficit, Hints At 'Hard Decisions' Ahead

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

According to comments made Tuesday by its chief Forrest Claypool, the Chicago Transit Authority is on the brink of a $277 million projected budget def...

WATCH: CTA-Riding Air Guitar Star's Epic Solo

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

A video uploaded to YouTube Saturday caught a Chicago rider jamming to his own beat on a CTA bus. The impromptu performance, which features invisib...

Metra Proposes Nearly 30 Percent Fare Hike

Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

Facing a daunting budget deficit, Metra's board on Friday heard a proposal to increase fares for their passengers by approximately 28 percent on avera...

CTA Service Cuts: Commuters Tell Their Stories

Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The city is abuzz with gripes Monday about the CTA's new service cuts. Nine express buses were eliminated, and 41 other routes had their hours trunca...

Fixing Aging Rail Transit Systems In Major Cities To Cost $50B: Study

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than one-third of the trains, equipment and facilities of the nation's seven largest rail transit agencies are near the end o...

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 Facing Massive Deficit, Big Service Cuts Possible

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

The CTA says it's facing another possible doomsday. Officials said today they are looking at a likely $87 million budget shortfall this year and $155...

2009 Transit Forecast: Fare Hikes, Parking Increases, Construction Delays And (Maybe) Federal Money

Chicago Sun-Times | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Ride" is all about moving forward, not looking back. So this column is about what we can expect in transportation news in 2009. The economy may be...

CTA To Heat Bus Shelters With Ad Revenue

CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Advertisements in bus shelters are usually only a visual experience, but now, CTA commuters will have the ads to thank for free heat too. Stove Top S...

Metra Not Raising Fares In 2009

Chicago Public Radio | Tasha Flournoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The board of Metra commuter rail has approved its 2009 budget without any fare hikes. The agency already raised fares earlier this year by 10 percent....

Aldermen Grill CTA Over Public Say

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen today blasted the lack of public involvement in how transit projects are selected, calling on the region's transit leaders to speed u...

State Senate Restores Transit Funds, Gov. Must Approve

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than $37 million to help pay for free rides on Chicago area mass transit is hanging in political limbo. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich cut the...