Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ O’Hare’s June on-time performance dead last among major airports ]]> Lead story image

O’Hare International Airport’s on-time performance came in dead last among 29 major U.S. airports in the month of June, new federal data released Thursday showed. O’Hare dropped in both its rank among other airports and its on-time rate -- and for both departures and arrivals -- based on its performance in June 2014 versus June 2013. Its on-time arrival rate slipped to a mere 57.94 percent in June of 2014. Its on-time departure rate was 64.99 percent. The new data comes despite the debut last October of the first phase of the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program. The move switched … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:22:17 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29112707-418/ohares-june-on-time-performance-dead-last-among-major-airports.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29112707-418/ohares-june-on-time-performance-dead-last-among-major-airports.html <![CDATA[ O’Hare plans to test new app to help international travelers ]]> Lead story image

O’Hare International Airport hopes to test a new app that should allow international travelers to maneuver through customs on their cell phones from their airplane seats — while taxiing to arrival gates, a top aviation official said Friday. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:50:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29988123-418/ohare-plans-to-test-new-app-to-help-international-travelers.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29988123-418/ohare-plans-to-test-new-app-to-help-international-travelers.html <![CDATA[ Illinois No. 4 in nation for rush-hour highway congestion ]]>

Illinois expressways are jammed with the fourth-worst rush-hour congestion in the nation, a new report released Thursday indicates. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:20:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29946965-418/illinois-no-4-in-nation-for-rush-hour-highway-congestion.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29946965-418/illinois-no-4-in-nation-for-rush-hour-highway-congestion.html <![CDATA[ Chicago is second city in Bicycling Magazine’s rankings ]]>

Bicycling Magazine has named Chicago the No. 2 city in the nation for biking, an improvement from the Windy City’s last ranking of No. 5. The second-place spot is a feather in the bike helmet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a cycling enthusiast who owns a custom-built Parlee road bike and has said he wants to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the United States. The magazine cited Emanuel’s plan to add 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015; the city’s $60 million Navy Pier flyover, which features an elevated bicycle-pedestrian path along the Lakefront Trail; and a “bike-share … ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:18:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29682524-418/chicago-is-second-city-in-bicycling-magazines-rankings.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29682524-418/chicago-is-second-city-in-bicycling-magazines-rankings.html <![CDATA[ Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange ]]> Lead story image

Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:13:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29539005-418/temporary-cut-in-i-pass-fees-marks-opening-of-new-tri-state-interchange.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29539005-418/temporary-cut-in-i-pass-fees-marks-opening-of-new-tri-state-interchange.html <![CDATA[ Cars expected to swarm tollway this Labor Day as gas prices drop ]]> Lead story image

This Labor Day weekend may well be the Illinois Tollway’s busiest ever just as Chicago area gas prices travel downward. U.S. motorists Wednesday were paying on average 11 cents a gallon less for regular unleaded gas than a year ago, and the lowest prices in four years were expected to continue through the holiday weekend, according to AAA travel experts. The cost of gas was down across Illinois from last year, with Chicago seeing an average price of $3.823 a gallon Wednesday; the Chicago area hitting $3.615; Champaign-Urbana at $3.405 and Springfield at $3.339, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:26:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29503759-418/cars-expected-to-swarm-tollway-this-labor-day-as-gas-prices-drop.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29503759-418/cars-expected-to-swarm-tollway-this-labor-day-as-gas-prices-drop.html <![CDATA[ Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students ]]>

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:28:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29499412-418/reduced-cta-fares-available-for-elementary-high-school-students.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29499412-418/reduced-cta-fares-available-for-elementary-high-school-students.html <![CDATA[ State Street repaving is first major re-do in Loop since mall was removed ]]>

Chicago’s iconic State Street will get a $650,000 face lift starting sometime after Labor Day, with repaving to conclude before the Chicago Marathon on Oct 12. Repaving from Van Buren to Wacker should begin at some point after Labor Day — Sep. 1 — and conclude by Oct. 10, said a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation. Final thermoplastic markings must be installed by no later than Oct. 15, which is three days after the marathon. If necessary, temporary markings will be used. The work represents the first time this stretch of State Street has been resurfaced since the … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:46:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29383568-418/state-street-repaving-is-first-major-re-do-in-loop-since-mall-was-removed.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/29383568-418/state-street-repaving-is-first-major-re-do-in-loop-since-mall-was-removed.html <![CDATA[ Tollway to test new technology at I-Pass lanes on Tri-State ]]> Lead story image

Starting next year, cars and trucks that exit the Touhy Avenue I-Pass toll booth lanes on the Tri-State Tollway will automatically drive through a tollway testing site 1500 feet later that officials say will be the first of its kind in the nation. Under a $2.7 million project announced Wednesday, the “living laboratory” will allow Tollway officials to try out new tolling options. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:38:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28703032-418/tollway-to-test-new-technology-at-i-pass-lanes-on-tri-state.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28703032-418/tollway-to-test-new-technology-at-i-pass-lanes-on-tri-state.html <![CDATA[ When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls ]]> Lead story image

The interchange will be the Tollway’s first interstate-to-interstate connection without toll booths on the main roadway for customers who wish to pay tolls in cash. This first phase of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway Interchange project is scheduled for completion in October. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:08:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28717135-418/when-i-294i-57-link-opens-drivers-to-get-30-days-to-pay-missed-tolls.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28717135-418/when-i-294i-57-link-opens-drivers-to-get-30-days-to-pay-missed-tolls.html <![CDATA[ Ald. Ameya Pawar trying to restart service on No. 11 bus route ]]> Lead story image

He posted an online survey Wednesday as part of a campaign to resurrect part of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus route that was killed off in 2012. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:32 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28703595-418/ald-ameya-pawar-trying-to-restart-service-on-no-11-bus-route.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28703595-418/ald-ameya-pawar-trying-to-restart-service-on-no-11-bus-route.html <![CDATA[ Noted artist to create $200K public artwork for Wilson CTA station ]]>

Cecil Balmond, who was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books. He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:04:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28702128-418/noted-artist-to-create-200k-public-artwork-for-wilson-cta-station.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28702128-418/noted-artist-to-create-200k-public-artwork-for-wilson-cta-station.html <![CDATA[ Pilsen activists worry ‘bomb trains’ are traveling through neighborhood ]]>

Activists concerned that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be travelling through densely populated Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are demanding that government officials release the routes of such trains — as well as all evacuation plans in the event of an explosion. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:23:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28587099-418/pilsen-activists-worry-bomb-trains-are-traveling-through-neighborhood.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28587099-418/pilsen-activists-worry-bomb-trains-are-traveling-through-neighborhood.html <![CDATA[ Upgrade to wireless network in CTA subways could be OK’d next week ]]> Lead story image

A one-year project to upgrade erratic wireless communication in the CTA’s 22 miles of underground tunnels could begin as early as November if an $18.9 million contract for the work is approved next week. The CTA on Thursday announced that Aldridge Electric has been selected to perform the underground cellular conversion from a 2G to a 4G network after a two-part bidding process that began last year. The 4G upgrade should prevent spotty reception in the CTA’s 22 miles of Red and Blue Line tunnels and provide more robust support of today’s wireless data needs. The current cellular infrastructure dates … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28584602-418/upgrade-to-wireless-network-in-cta-subways-could-be-okd-next-week.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28584602-418/upgrade-to-wireless-network-in-cta-subways-could-be-okd-next-week.html <![CDATA[ Speed cameras to be installed in 12 new areas ]]> Lead story image

The city has named 12 new locations it will install speed cameras at through the fall. Currently there are 92 speed cameras installed near 43 schools and parks. ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:48:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28537375-418/speed-cameras-to-be-installed-in-12-new-areas.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28537375-418/speed-cameras-to-be-installed-in-12-new-areas.html <![CDATA[ Holiday road trips — and summer gas prices — highest in years ]]> Lead story image

Nearly 35 million U.S. drivers will be taking road trips this 4th of July holiday weekend — the highest number since 2007 — and they will be paying the price for it. Nationally, gas prices were at a six-year high for this time of year, hitting a U.S. average Tuesday of $3.68 a gallon for unleaded regular, according to AAA officials and the travel company’s daily fuel gage report. Average regular gasoline prices were even higher Tuesday in Illinois, at $3.83; in the Chicago metro area, at $3.98; and in Chicago, at $4.23. ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:36:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28424827-418/holiday-road-trips-and-summer-gas-prices-highest-in-years.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/28424827-418/holiday-road-trips-and-summer-gas-prices-highest-in-years.html