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Chicago Transit Authority Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Transport Themselves

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
The Second City Network

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 HealthCare.gov.

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...

New CTA Train Tracker Map Shows Your Route In Real-Time

Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago

While it may come as little consolation to the thousands of Red Line riders on the city's South Side who need to make alternate transportation plans f...

Will CTA Dumping Private Security Guards Make Trains Safer?

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Chris Fusco/Sun-Times | Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the ...

Wells Street Bridge Reopens, CTA Making Big Security Switch

Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

Good news, CTA riders: The Wells Street Bridge is open for business once again. After nine days of construction, the bridge reopened Monday morning...