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  • Getting Around: Ventra rollout may take some users for a ride

    Getting Around: Ventra rollout may take some users for a ride
    If given the option, would you pay $2.25 or $3 to ride a CTA train? It's not a silly question. As the CTA moves to the Ventra regional transit fare-payment system — starting Monday among some university students — the agency will temporarily...
  • Quinn vague on details of panel to look at RTA oversight of Metra

    Quinn vague on details of panel to look at RTA oversight of Metra
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday accused the Regional Transportation Authority of failing to properly oversee operations at Metra, saying he will appoint a panel to come up with recommendations on how to revamp the agency amid accusations of political patronage...
  • U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defends controversial rail project

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defends controversial rail project
    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defended his role in a controversial South Side rail project Tuesday, saying racially biased reporting unfairly characterized his recommendation that Metra pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
  • Quinn CTA appointee drops out after Daley criticism

    Quinn CTA appointee drops out after Daley criticism
    Gov. Pat Quinn's contentious choice for the CTA board resigned Tuesday, a casualty of party politics on the eve of a Democratic gathering where the governor is expected to be put on the defensive. Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli stepped...
  • CTA reports $10.1 million deficit, vows no service cuts or price hikes

    CTA reports $10.1 million deficit, vows no service cuts or price hikes
    Just months after assuring riders that the CTA had financially steadied the ship for years to come, the transit agency reported Wednesday that it is sailing into a $10.1 million deficit for 2013 that could grow even larger by year's end. The budget...
  • Quinn appoints panel to review Metra oversight

    Quinn appoints panel to review Metra oversight
    Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a 15-member commission to review oversight at the Regional Transportation Authority and recommend ways to prevent fraud and abuse following the recent accusations of political patronage at Metra. Members of the panel...
  • Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules

    Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules
    Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure Tuesday that would have expanded the Regional Transportation’s Authority to issue no-bid contracts, arguing the agency should not be given more powers until a panel he formed can review operations following the...
  • Metra board meets for 1st time since CEO's ouster

    Metra board meets for 1st time since CEO's ouster
    Meeting for the first time since ousting its CEO in June and touching off a controversy that savaged its leadership, Metra’s diminished board sought today to convince customers it was fully engaged in running the nation’s second-largest...
  • Getting Around: Divvy bike-sharing program catching on in Chicago

    Getting Around: Divvy bike-sharing program catching on in Chicago
    Chicago's budding bicycle-sharing program has attracted thousands of tourists, biking enthusiasts and the just-plain curious this summer, city transportation officials say. But preliminary data obtained by the Tribune suggest the new service also is...
  • Light shed on Rush's role in Metra scandal

    Light shed on Rush's role in Metra scandal
    After pressuring a Metra contractor to hire more African-American companies for a crucial South Side rail project, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recommended that the commuter rail agency pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
  • Scathing audit accuses Metra of misleading public over CEO's ouster

    Scathing audit accuses Metra of misleading public over CEO's ouster
    Metra officials repeatedly misled the public when they insisted that an unusually large severance package for former CEO Alex Clifford saved taxpayers millions of dollars in potential litigation costs, a bruising report from the Regional Transportation...
  • RTA board's city-suburb split leads to deadlock on 2014 budget plan

    RTA board's city-suburb split leads to deadlock on 2014 budget plan
    Partisan gridlock prevented the Regional Transportation Authority board Wednesday from carrying out its routine annual responsibility to set estimates of funding levels for the CTA, Metra and Pace to plan their budgets for next year. The move to...