| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Old transit fare cards won’t buy rides on the CTA and Pace starting today with the completion of a sometimes grueling 10-month transition to the new Ventra fare-collection system.
Starting Tuesday, bus customers will be required to pay fares...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:30 PM
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:40 PM
As the new chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, Kirk Dillard said Wednesday he plans to use his experience as a longtime state legislator to build consensus at the often-divided agency.
But perhaps just as important as his political...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:48 PM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, says he has enough support to be elected chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority at its meeting Wednesday.
Dillard, who was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for governor,...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In the story about the Kennedy work this past weekend, it was reported that Metra conductors did not check for tickets because of the crowded cars, nor apparently did they collect fares.
It is difficult to comprehend that Metra does not have an...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:37 PM
The first of more than 800 new rail cars will begin showing up on CTA train lines in 2019, according to an announcement Wednesday that pushes back the agency’s already-delayed next-generation train.
The revised plan to spend more than $1 billion...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:21 AM
CTA and Pace riders who haven’t yet switched to the new Ventra fare-payment system are approaching the end of the line, as the transit agencies will no longer accept either version of the Chicago Card or offer customers the option to reload any...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 5:58 PM
As lawmakers held their first hearing today on recommendations from the special mass transit task force created in the aftermath of the controversy at Metra, the state's top watchdog urged them to move swiftly on reforms.
Ricardo Meza, the state's...
| Apr 28, 2014
Almost 9 out of 10 CTA trips are now paid for using the Ventra fare system, but with the first of three deadlines looming this week for riders who haven't yet made the switch, breaking up with the old fare cards can be hard to do.
On Pace, which is also...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:19 PM
DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin told a business lunch crowd in Chicago on Tuesday that the CTA’s labor and employee pension costs are creating a huge drag on the entire region’s public transit system, although he offered no specific...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:56 AM
The CTA is making progress cracking down on strollers that take up space in priority seating on buses, CTA president Forrest Claypool said today.
Stroller complaints were down 60 percent in the six months after the CTA introduced an information campaign...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:38 AM
Pace is launching weekend bus routes that will carry riders from CTA train stations to Brookfield Zoo, the agency announced Wednesday.
Starting Memorial Day, one route will connect passengers to the zoo from the Harlem/Lake Station on CTA's Green Line...