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Part of upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday for Navy Pier flyover work

A part of upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday as construction begins on the Navy Pier flyover.

CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck

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Some Lake View residents were in an uproar Thursday over CTA plans to raze up to 19 buildings and create an elevated bypass just north of Belmont to address a major bottleneck involving the Red, Purple and Brown Line trains.

CTA plans Red Line improvements on North, South sides

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North and South Side riders of the CTA’s busiest rail line — the Red Line — should see improvements under plans outlined Wednesday. For North Siders, the CTA could begin work as early as 2017 on a $1.13 billion plan to upgrade track and rehab four stations, from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr. The stations are among the oldest in the system, officials said.

CTA narrows possible routes for proposed Red Line expansion

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Two possible routes emerged Tuesday for a proposed $2 billion extension of the Red Line from 95th Street south to 130th Street. Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), whose ward would be most affected, favors a route running along existing freight tracks.

500-plus drivers sign up for pay-by-phone parking option in West Loop

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More than 500 people have already signed up to test drive Chicago’s pay-by-phone parking meter app. The free app went live on Tuesday, kicking off a pilot program that give motorists the option of paying for public parking spots by phone in the West Loop from Madison to Monroe and Halsted to Racine.

Homeowners upset over O’Hare noise win property tax appeals

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Residents of three choice Northwest Side neighborhoods have won property tax appeals — of up to nearly 12 percent — after arguing that the value of their homes has taken a nose dive because of new flight patterns at O’Hare International Airport.

Work begins this week on Orange Line, Red Line’s Harrison stop

The $10 million rehabilitation of the Harrison Red Line stop, to begin 4 a.m. Monday, will include new flooring and lighting at the 70-year-old station, and see two new main entrance canopies, the CTA said in a statement. A $25 million project to repair the Orange Line’s 18th Street connector starts Friday.

Flight delays climb at both O’Hare, Midway

The percentage of flights arriving and departing on time dropped again in February at both O’Hare International and Midway airports, new federal data indicated Thursday.

Red Line trains temporarily rerouted because of smoke at Grand station

Red Line trains were running normally again early Tuesday after being rerouted to the elevated tracks because of a smoky smell at the Grand Avenue station.

Blue Line crash damage totals $9.1 million: NTSB

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The cost of the damage during last month’s Blue Line CTA crash at the O’Hare station is now estimated at $9.1 million — about one-third more than previous estimates — according to a preliminary report issued Monday by the federal agency investigating the crash.

CTA fires L operator after crash, revamps scheduling rules

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The CTA on Friday fired the train operator who admitted nodding off at the controls when a Blue Line train crashed, the same day it announced new procedures to increase the amount of time required between shifts.

CTA: Red Line Addison stop will be open for Cubs home opener

Cubs fans headed north on the Red Line to the Cubs opener at Wrigley Field will be able to get off at the Addison CTA station on Friday, CTA officials revealed in an about-face Thursday.

450 Metra non-union workers will get raises to slow exodus of bosses

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Some 450 non-union Metra employees received average raises of 8 percent this month in an attempt to stem an exodus of managers and keep salaries competitive, Metra CEO Don Orseno revealed Thursday.

Task force report says Madigan controlled some Metra hires

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A new report by Gov. Pat Quinn’s transit task force came out swinging Monday at House Speaker Michael Madigan, accusing him of “in effect” deciding for years if some job candidates were hired at Metra.

Blue Line station at O’Hare, scene of derailment, reopens

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The O’Hare station of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line reopened about 2 p.m. Sunday, less than a week after a train rolled through the stop and kept going — onto the platform and up an escalator and stairs, transit officials said.

California here he comes: Ex-Metra CEO Clifford in line for transit gig

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Metra could shave more than $200,000 from its potential $871,000 separation deal with ex-CEO Alex Clifford if Clifford is tapped Friday to serve as head of a California bus system, officials here say.