In yet the latest potential Metra leadership upheaval, the suburban rail agency’s No. 2 chief — Alex Wiggins — apparently has been put on “administrative leave,” according to one Metra source.
The union that represents CTA employees is warning commuters to expect dirtier train cars in the near future.
Robert Kelly, president of Local 308 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, claims that the CTA cut the funding for morning and mid-afternoon train car servicer positions, leaving …
Metra officials Friday fessed up to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il.) that the suburban rail agency won’t be able to meet a $234.7 million mandate to install special safety mechanisms on all its trains by 2015.
However, the agency is joining other transportation groups in …
A cycling advocacy group Friday tapped Chicago’s Dearborn Street protected bike lane as tops in the country for 2013 -- something city officials called an endorsement of the route’s unique traffic signals for bicyclists.
As a result, the city hopes to install more traffic signals …
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA on Thursday officials announced a four-year, $492 million plan to overhaul the Blue Line between Grand and Cumberland. Unlike recent $425 million track and station improvements to the Red Line, which was shut down for five months, CTA officials said Blue Line will remain open during the project.
Annoying turnstyle delays and “double-tapping” involving the CTA’s much-criticized Ventra card system are becoming a thing of the past, the transit agency said Tuesday.
Illinois on Tuesday becomes the largest state in the nation to test undocumented immigrants seeking temporary drivers’ licenses, but don’t expect a stampede right away at Secretary of State facilities. Officials are limiting the number of by-appointment-only applicants to six a day at the two facilities offering the first tests for undocumented Illinois residents. By mid-December, daily applicant loads should increase to 39 at the Chicago West facility, 5301 W. Lexington Ave., and in Springfield, at 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy. Two more facilities will join as test sites later this month, and by mid-December, appointments will be available at 36
Joseph Meier isn’t a magician, but he says he managed to squeeze $40 in CTA fare credit out of a single $10 bill at a Ventra vending machine this month. Meier says the same $10 bill was rejected three times before the Ventra machine accepted the bill. But when he checked the card’s balance, it was $40.
Chicagoans heading to Indiana, or flying to the East Coast, might have some trouble getting to that Thanksgiving dinner table on time. Although snow flurries are expected to hit the Chicago area by Tuesday night, the brunt of holiday snow that could impact travel will hit northwest Indiana, especially LaPorte and Berrien counties, Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling that sales taxes must be paid by companies in communities where the bulk of their business activities occur, targeting big firms that set up shop in far flung towns to allegedly avoid sales taxes. The Regional Transportation Authority called it a “tremendous victory for transit riders and taxpayers in Northeastern Illinois.”
For the first time in months, everyone could cross the Wells Street bridge Thursday morning: L riders, drivers, pedestrians — everyone.
The chairman of the RTA on Wednesday ordered the agency’s auditor to investigate what he called the “systemic failure” of the CTA’s new Ventra fare payment system. RTA Chairman John Gates Jr. said he wanted a “rapid and independent” analysis of “what’s working and what’s not” with Ventra, which has been riddled with problems since its September rollout. “Obviously we’ve had unacceptable and systemic failure there,’’ Gates said at a monthly Regional Transportation Authority board meeting.
Federal officials expect to find “no significant impacts” from running special dedicated bus lanes down the center of Ashland Avenue for 16 miles, an environmental assessment released Tuesday indicated. Chicago Transit Authority officials posted the massive study with 22 appendixes alone on its website Tuesday and announced it would accept public comment on it over the next 30 days. The move immediately triggered complaints from critics who called the plan for installing Ashland Bus Rapid Transit from Irving Park to 95th Street a “done deal.’’
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel on Tuesday unveiled new renderings of the upcoming $240 million 95th Street Red Line station that officials said will look “nothing like” today’s station.
An Amtrak train on its way from Chicago to Detroit was delayed for more than six hours because of a flat wheel Sunday night.
From new CTA and Metra stations to a new Loop transportation hub for commuters to hop on a train, bike, bus or in a cab, there are big plans for Chicago to modernize the way people move about the city, and those projects are part …