| Apr 2, 2013
| 2:00 AM
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of an impartial party as well as a pitchman for the new Ventra transit card's controversial prepaid debit-account program.
Claypool told state officials at a public...
| Apr 5, 2013
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire Republican businessman who wants to become governor of Illinois, sat down with me for an interview Thursday and dodged questions about same-sex marriage.
It took about four tries to pin him down on where he stands, and...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 4:59 AM
The CTA will receive a cash infusion of at least a half-million dollars a year that won't come from the farebox, and some of it will be paid by customers who are hit by fees from the new Ventra prepaid debit card.
The transit agency's Ventra fare system...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The CTA is proposing creating a second terminal to connect to the 95th Street Red Line stop.
The agency has proposed building a new terminal south of 95th Street that would connect to the current stop by a pedestrian bridge across 95th Street.
| Mar 6, 2013
| 10:17 AM
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday called a proposed cost increase for single-ride rail tickets "a voluntary payment."
The CTA is proposing hiking the cost of single-ride train tickets from $2.25 to $3 when the agency rolls out its Ventra...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Michael Russell, 38, was serving a prison sentence for selling crack-cocaine when he got a break in 2010: He started working at the CTA through a work-release program.
Russell, who lives in Auburn Gresham after being released from prison last year,...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Attention south Red Line riders: CTA officials issued a reminder today that there are just 87 days left of normal service before you will need to make alternate plans for five months.
On May 19, the CTA is planning to cut service to the nine southern-...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 12:23 PM
State lawmakers met for the second time this week to talk about issues surrounding legislation that would allow people to carry guns outside the home, with much of the focus on today’s hearing about whether passengers should be allowed to bring guns...
| May 24, 2013
| 9:50 AM
The CTA will waive a $5 fee for customers who obtain the new Ventra transit card in 2013 and it also will eliminate or reduce some of the controversial service charges related to the optional Ventra debit MasterCard account, officials said Friday.
| May 20, 2013
Marie Drake was already displeased Sunday morning when she boarded a free shuttle bus near the 63rd Street Red Line station. The Chicago Transit Authority, she said, hadn’t done enough to explain the five-month shutdown of the Red Line’s Dan...
| May 20, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Commuting on the South Side changed fundamentally Monday. Yet at the same time, nothing changed.
CTA Red Line trains were absent from the median of the Dan Ryan Expressway for the first weekday since the south branch opened almost 44 years ago, except...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 5:09 PM
If 706 rail cars with center-facing seats are 706 too many for some CTA riders who hate being squeezed from both sides and having their view of the city replaced by the paunch of standing passengers, well, 714 of the same cars doesn’t have any...