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  • RTA extends deadlines 3 months to renew free-rides permits

    RTA extends deadlines 3 months to renew free-rides permits
    The Regional Transportation Authority has temporarily extended the expiration dates on about 100,000 free-ride permits in response to delays by the state in processing a surge of new applications and renewal requests for financial assistance to disabled...
  • Rail efficiency making big strides, administrator says

    Rail efficiency making big strides, administrator says
    A massive program to improve the efficiency of the Chicago area’s rail network has made significant progress, said the head of the federal agency that overseas the nation’s railroads.   But Joseph Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration...
  • Will 'carmageddon' grip Kennedy? Near-shutdown starts tonight

    Will 'carmageddon' grip Kennedy? Near-shutdown starts tonight
    This weekend’s near-shutdown along the inbound Kennedy Expressway begins Friday night, when drivers, downtown business owners and summer event organizers will start to see whether a feared “carmageddon’’ takes hold. At 10 p.m.,...
  • New Mundelein village hall to open soon

    New Mundelein village hall to open soon
    An etching reading "Mundelein Village Hall" recently was engraved in the window of a new 32,000 square-foot brick building on 10 acres of land near the Metra station by Hawley Street east of Seymour Avenue. It's not quite ready for occupation, but staff...
  • BNSF delays caused by freight train accident, grade crossing collision

    BNSF delays caused by freight train accident, grade crossing collision
    An already difficult morning commute on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line got worse when a train and a vehicle collided near west suburban Hinsdale, slowing down trains on a line that had been closed earlier because of a freight train accident....
  • Metra back on schedule after accident with Hinsdale bridge

    Metra back on schedule after accident with Hinsdale bridge
    Metra trains on the BNSF line were running normally again through Hinsdale about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon after an accident involving a freight train fouled up commutes for some riders earlier in the day. A freight train Saturday morning struck a...
  • 5 survival tips for Kennedy construction weekend

    5 survival tips for Kennedy construction weekend
    There are probably a million better ways to pass time than to be driving on the Kennedy Expressway anywhere near downtown Chicago from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, when the inbound Kennedy (I-90/94) will be constricted to make room for the...
  • Robbins residents dig in against proposed quarry

    Robbins residents dig in against proposed quarry
    It was a grand plan for tiny Robbins: a massive quarry and mining operation, a therapeutic horse farm and parks, development along the channel, maybe even a chain drugstore and new housing. The project, as laid out in three phases, would consume about a...
  • Freight train strikes pedestrian in Lake Forest

    Freight train strikes pedestrian in Lake Forest
    A pedestrian was struck by a freight train in Lake Forest this evening, authorities said. The pedestrian was hit about 7:50 p.m. near Metra's Lake Forest Station, said Michael Gillis, a spokesman for Metra. The incident snarled traffic on the commuter...
  • Kennedy construction begins

    Kennedy construction begins
    "Carmageddon" has begun. As 11 p.m. approached (on Friday the 13th, no less), steady traffic still flowed along the Kennedy Expressway even as workers prepared to close a downtown section of the road to begin a massive bridge replacement project. As...
  • Seniors on the Go: Visiting a U.S. city? Go transit

    Seniors on the Go: Visiting a U.S. city? Go transit
    If your spring and summer travel plans include a big city, presumably you don't need or even want a rented car, and you probably don't want to pay for taxis everywhere you go. So check the transit options. Fortunately, transit systems in many big cities...
  • Major project to clog Kennedy Expressway on June weekends

    Major project to clog Kennedy Expressway on June weekends
    Chicago-area drivers are being urged to steer clear of the downtown stretch of the Kennedy Expressway during the last three weekends in June, officials said Thursday. That’s when bridge demolition on the Kennedy interchange at Ohio and Ontario...