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  • South-leg Red Line commuters in for smooth ride Monday after five-month rebuild

    South-leg Red Line commuters in for smooth ride Monday after five-month rebuild
    Thousands of commuters will board the CTA Red Line along the Dan Ryan branch Monday for the first time in five months after a massive rebuild that will also deliver something its riders haven’t experienced in decades: zero slow zones. Trains...
  • CTA, Metra, Pace: No fare hikes, service cuts next year

    CTA, Metra, Pace: No fare hikes, service cuts next year
    No fare hikes or doomsday scenarios are in store next year for riders on the CTA, Metra and Pace. The three transit agencies released proposed 2014 budgets this week that freeze fares and promise the same service levels in effect this year. The CTA...
  • Ventra makes for 1 in 3 CTA rides, but jolts await the unconverted

    Ventra makes for 1 in 3 CTA rides, but jolts await the unconverted
    The new Ventra fare-payment system, which one month into a four-month transition continues to be a source of angst for many Chicago-area transit commuters, accounts for 1 in 3 CTA rides, officials said Thursday. But transit officials are set to give the...
  • Another former CTA official named to Metra board

    Another former CTA official named to Metra board
    A second former CTA executive with decades of transit experience will soon be overseeing policy at Metra. Cook County commissioners representing the north and west suburbs unanimously appointed retired CTA safety and security official John Plante on...
  • CTA: 90 percent of southern Red Line riders still use CTA

    CTA: 90 percent of southern Red Line riders still use CTA
    The CTA has retained about 90 percent of its South Side Red Line riders during the shutdown of the southern section of the Red Line, which began in mid May. These riders have opted to use free shuttle service, Red Line trains rerouted to Green Line...
  • Standoff in South Loop rail yard ends peacefully

    Standoff in South Loop rail yard ends peacefully
    A standoff involving a man with a rifle and a large knife that started late this morning at a South Loop rail yard ended peacefully a little after 1 p.m. Police were called to the scene of the standoff south of Roosevelt Road at Lumber Street, west of...
  • South Shore Line looks into allowing bicycles on trains

    South Shore Line looks into allowing bicycles on trains
    The South Shore Line, which is the only major transit operation serving the Chicago area that prohibits bicycles onboard, is working to announce a bike program by next spring, railroad officials said. A date has not been set, and any launch likely won't...
  • 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...
  • Getting around: 40% of pedestrians, cyclists would cross train tracks despite warnings

    Getting around: 40% of pedestrians, cyclists would cross train tracks despite warnings
    As many as 4 out of 10 Chicago-area pedestrians and bicyclists say they are at times willing to ignore flashing lights, ringing bells and gates at railroad crossings, a UIC study has found. The University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, who...
  • Metra gets 2 new board members, including first Hispanic

    Metra gets 2 new board members, including first Hispanic
    Metra's board of directors got its first-ever Hispanic member along with a new member from DuPage County when it convened today. Former federal Judge Manuel Barbosa of Elgin took his place on the commuter rail agency's board, representing Kane County,...
  • Rail deaths spur CTA safety bid

    Rail deaths spur CTA safety bid
    Almost every day somebody climbs or falls onto the CTA tracks, which has led to seven deaths so far in 2013 and more than 50 fatalities in recent years, according to an analysis the transit agency is set to release Monday as part of a redoubled rail-...
  • Rift at RTA causes agency to again miss state deadline

    Rift at RTA causes agency to again miss state deadline
    For the second year in a row, a long-standing city-suburban split among members of the Regional Transportation Authority board has put the agency in apparent violation of state law. The RTA was obligated by statute to meet a Sept. 15 deadline to issue...