| Aug 29, 2014
| 12:48 PM
CTA riders who still have old farecards tucked away in wallets, purses and junk drawers have until Sept. 2 to mail them to the CTA to transfer remaining balances to registered Ventra cards, transit officials are reminding customers. Farecards must be...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 12:11 PM
For Chicago students going back to elementary or high school, at least math will be easy on their first day. Students will pay nothing to ride the CTA on Tuesday.
The transit agency is once again providing free rides to elementary and high school...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Backpack, check. Books, check. Ventra card, double check.
It's school time, and in Chicago that means an influx of college students navigating new classes and dorms as well as figuring out how to use the CTA.
It’s been more than a year since the...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:09 AM
It's been more than a year since the CTA began its transition to Ventra, and some social service agencies say they've hit bumps in the road in the move to the new fare payment system.
In a new survey, some agencies report buying fewer fare cards because...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 3:59 PM
Riders have only a few days left to transfer the balances on their old CTA fare cards to their Ventra cards.
And they have to do it via snail mail.
Through Monday, riders can mail in their old fare cards to the CTA, accompanied by a mail-in transfer...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The following items were gathered from Oak Park police reports:
A man in his 40s approach a Chicago resident on the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 10:50 p.m. Aug. 19, began an argument that resulted in both spitting at each other. The man in his 40s...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Some CTA riders are reporting problems with Ventra vending machines across the system Monday.
The CTA has received "some reports of intermittent issues at a handful of vending machines," spokeswoman Tammy Chase said in an email. "Some appear to be the...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 7:16 AM
CTA riders have one month left to transfer the balances of their old fare cards to Ventra.
Through Sept. 1, riders can mail in their disposable CTA cards with stored value, 30-day unlimited passes, Chicago Cards and reduced fare permits to the CTA to...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:38 PM
A blogger sued the CTA on Wednesday to obtain copies of the losing bids and other documents related to the transit agency awarding an almost half-billion-dollar contract in 2011 for the new Ventra fare-collection system.
Jason Prechtel filed the lawsuit...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 7:19 AM
The CTA is providing extra weekend service for Lollapalooza and a Bears event, the transit agency announced Thursday.
The CTA on Friday will operate longer trains on the Blue, Brown, Green, Orange and Red lines until at least 10 p.m., and longer...
| Jul 21, 2014
Readers sometimes ask how I get around, and some people even suggest they already know the answer based on perceived tea leaves in my writing.
No, I don't fly to the office in the Tribune helicopter (there isn't one), which is to say that I can be as...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 5:13 PM
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...