| May 2, 2012
| 4:21 PM
Setting a timeline for the CTA’s No. 1 improvement project – the multibillion-dollar replacement of the Red Line – hinges on negotiations that will begin next week in Congress over a new transportation funding bill, CTA president Forrest...
| May 6, 2012
City officials are describing a lengthy list of roadway closings, parking bans and mass transit reroutes during the upcoming NATO summit weekend as "minor inconveniences," but independent transportation experts cautioned that the scope of the security-...
| May 9, 2012
| 11:09 AM
Calling it too good of a deal to pass up, the CTA board today approved the purchase of 100 new accordion-style buses that were left over from a contract initiated by the Seattle transit system.
The CTA will pay New Flyer of America Inc. $80.1 million for...
| May 14, 2012
| 11:53 AM
With the NATO summit downtown Sunday through Monday afternoon, don't let the political discourse get you off course.
Some road shutdowns have been announced, but some roads will close intermittently for motorcades, so it's best to take the train...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 11:13 AM
No fare increases or service cuts are in store for CTA riders next year if the CTA can convince its unions to agree to millions of dollars in work rule changes and other concessions, the transit agency said today in presenting its 2012 proposed budget....
| Nov 3, 2011
| 2:50 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel found common ground Thursday, talking up an additional $646 million in state funding for work on the CTA Red Line, the system’s busiest train route.
The money will be spent largely on rebuilding the tracks on...
| May 30, 2012
| 4:34 PM
After months warning of fare hikes and service cuts unless labor unions came up with $80 million worth of concessions by July 1, CTA President Forrest Claypool today called off the threats, saying the agency has suddenly come up with the money,...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 10:49 AM
The CTA is starting a major makeover of its fleet of buses.
The agency plans to buy 425 buses and rebuild more than 1,000 older buses within the next two years. The entire project will cost nearly one-half billion dollars.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 7:25 PM
In deciding to close the south leg of the Red Line for five months starting next May, CTA officials bet that short, intense pain will be easier to suffer through than several years of track construction migraines.
South Side aldermen – previously...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 8:05 AM
The cash-strapped CTA has found a new way to make some money, and cash-strapped commuters can benefit from it.
On Wednesday, the CTA announced a partnership with Groupon that will offer discounted three-day passes for $9 instead of the current price of...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 2:01 PM
Two century-old train viaducts in Evanston will be replaced this weekend in a move that officials say will increase safety and speed travel times along the CTA Purple Line.
The 400,000-pound steel replacement bridges were assembled off-site and loaded...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 10:31 AM
The Chicago Transit Board meets once a month to decide various CTA issues relating to the budget and infrastructure—yet some of the board members don't even ride the CTA that often.
Longtime board member Alejandro Silva rode the CTA zero times last...