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  • Report shows patronage at Metra dating back 30 years

    Report shows patronage at Metra dating back 30 years
    Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was a “prominent participant” in patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years, recommending dozens of people for jobs, a new report has found. Madigan had the power to recommend individuals for...
  • Task force: Create superagency for transit

    Task force: Create superagency for transit
    In what would be the biggest reshaping of the Chicago region’s bus and train system in 30 years, a Public Transit Task Force is recommending abolishing the Regional Transportation Authority and the boards of the CTA, Metra and Pace in favor of a new...
  • Sox are back—and so is the Red Line

    Sox are back—and so is the Red Line
    When the Sox return to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday for Opening Day, it will also be a homecoming of sorts for the Sox Red Line stop. The CTA shut the Sox-35th station, the closest rail stop to the stadium, for five months last year as part of a $425...
  • American Airlines should pay taxes

    Municipalities and other local governments, including Cook County, collect sales taxes to pay for the services they provide to the individuals and companies that live and do business in their communities. That’s the purpose of sales tax collection....
  • Mass transit task force report advocates new board, elimination of RTA

    Mass transit task force report advocates new board, elimination of RTA
    A task force formed by Gov. Pat Quinn in the wake of last year's Metra controversy signed off this morning on a plan to reshape oversight of the Chicago area's transit agencies. The plan calls for consolidating Metra, CTA and Pace under one "single...
  • No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus

    No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus
    Cubs fans will have one fewer option for getting to the ballpark this summer. The CTA is no longer running a weekend and night shuttle from a North Side parking lot to Wrigley Field this year. The Cubs decided not to subsidize the No. 154-Wrigley...
  • Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements

    Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements
    A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements. Launching a...
  • Metra: Normal service resumes after rail repair at Union Station

    Metra: Normal service resumes after rail repair at Union Station
    Metra officials this late this afternoon that service was back to normal after a rail repairs  at Union Station caused slight delays for commuters using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines. Earlier, Amtrak...
  • Another winter storm expected to jam morning rush

    Another winter storm expected to jam morning rush
    Commuters are bracing for yet another snowstorm, one expected to bring heavy snow whipped by high winds during the morning rush. With predictions that snow could fall at a rate of 2 inches per hour, officials are urging commuters to give themselves...
  • Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'

    Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'
    Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
  • Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass

    Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass
    If your spring and summer travel plans include visiting a popular city, take a close look at your local transit options. Presumably, inside a big city, you don't need or even want a rented car, and you probably don't want to pay for taxis everywhere you...
  • Arlington Heights bracing for another round of frigid temperatures

    Arlington Heights bracing for another round of frigid temperatures
    Arlington Heights officials are preparing for a second round of subzero temperatures this month. Wind chill warnings for dangerous weather conditions were expected to last into Wednesday morning, frigid temperatures that come on the heels of the area...