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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...

A Love Letter

Margaret Hicks | Posted 10.29.2012 | Chicago
Margaret Hicks

Dear CTA card. I've been thinking about you a little bit and I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you. See, I noticed your expiration date is approaching. December 15, 2012. I'm real sad.

Metra Board Approves 25 Percent Fare Hike

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

The Metra board Friday morning approved a fare hike package that will increase the cost of commuting on Metra trains an average of 25 percent starting...

Chicago's New Transportation Head Has Big Plans

Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago

The city's newly appointed Department of Transportation commissioner and bike enthusiast Gabe Klein began unveiling his plans to retool the city's app...

Poll Shows Growing Desire For Public Transportation In The Suburbs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a city where parking costs a bundle, parking tickets seem to come in twos and traffic is jammed around the clock, it isn't surprising that many res...

Bike-Sharing Coming To Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bicycling enthusiast Mayor Daley was quite impressed by the bike-sharing program he saw in Paris in 2007, and since has been wanting to have a similar...

CTA Financial Woes Hinder Construction Projects

chicagocurrent.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority's pitch for its newest big project sounds like a slam dunk. The proposal is still taking shape, but its goal is to recon...

What Should Be On Illinois' Transportation Projects Wish List?

Chicago Tribune | John McCarron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[T]he Illinois congressional delegation is pulling together a wish list of public works projects to be part of the $800 billion stimulus package sough...

Region Could Get Up To $675 Million For Transit From Obama Administration

Chi-Town Daily News | Peter Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Regional Transportation Authority is hoping to get as much as $675 million from the Obama Administration early next year for a variety of capital ...

CTA Ridership Highest Since 1992

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

High gas prices and free rides offered to senior citizens propelled CTA ridership so far in 2008 to its highest level in 16 years, officials said toda...

CTA Rerouting Buses For Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In preparation for Thursday's 75th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Chicago Transit Authority will make temporary changes to some of its bus routes...

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....

CTA Approves 2009 Fare Hike

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

CTA riders will see higher fares with the new year: The transit agency board this afternoon approved fare hikes for 2009 but at a lower level than ori...

Bridge Would Connect Trains To Michigan Avenue

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

You know that old up-in-the-air railroad bridge over the Chicago River by Kinzie -- the one people like to use as a backdrop for funky, urban wedding ...

How To Bike All Year-Long

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

This was the year of bikes in Chicago -- high gas prices and a growing acceptance of bicycling filled the streets with two-wheeled commuters. But now...

No CTA Fare Hike ... For Now

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the face of a nearly $70 million budget shortfall, the Chicago Transit Authority is laying off 80 employees but not raising fares or reducing servi...

Red Line Running After Woman Falls On Tracks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Red Line is running again after being stopped for nearly 30 minutes Friday morning when a woman fell on the tracks at the Cermak Station. The wom...

Why Won't the CTA Brand the Chicago 'L'?

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

So why aren't the most famous elevated trains on the planet--ours here in Chicago-- branded? What is the CTA waiting for? Can the agency not recognize the power of 116 years of brand recognition?

CTA Weekend Closures

CTA Tattler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The O'Hare Blue Line branch will be shut down between Irving Park and Jefferson Park from 9 pm Friday will 3 am Monday. Slow zone work, of course. Shu...

CTA Paying City To Pump Fuel It Owns

Chicago Sun-Times | Thomas Frisbie, Tim Novak, Mark J. Konkol and Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The CTA is facing a financial squeeze bad enough that agency president Ron Huberman has warned that fare hikes might need to be imposed next year. Bu...