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  • Improving portion of high-speed rail corridor could cost $1.5 billion

    Improving portion of high-speed rail corridor could cost $1.5 billion
    Improving passenger service on the slowest portion of Illinois' emerging 110-mph rail corridor, between Chicago and Joliet, will cost an estimated $1.5 billion, officials said Monday. It's roughly the same amount the state is spending so far to...
  • Another winter storm expected to jam morning rush

    Another winter storm expected to jam morning rush
    Commuters are bracing for yet another snowstorm, one expected to bring heavy snow whipped by high winds during the morning rush. With predictions that snow could fall at a rate of 2 inches per hour, officials are urging commuters to give themselves...
  • Red Line to get North Side overhaul, while South Siders decry wait

    Red Line to get North Side overhaul, while South Siders decry wait
    The CTA said Wednesday it is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar overhaul of the Red Line’s aging north branch tracks and stations, just hours after South Siders aired complaints to the agency’s board that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s...
  • Metra: Normal service resumes after rail repair at Union Station

    Metra: Normal service resumes after rail repair at Union Station
    Metra officials this late this afternoon that service was back to normal after a rail repairsĀ  at Union Station caused slight delays for commuters using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines. Earlier, Amtrak...
  • Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'

    Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'
    Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
  • Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules

    Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules
    Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure Tuesday that would have expanded the Regional Transportation’s Authority to issue no-bid contracts, arguing the agency should not be given more powers until a panel he formed can review operations following the...
  • Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass

    Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass
    If your spring and summer travel plans include visiting a popular city, take a close look at your local transit options. Presumably, inside a big city, you don't need or even want a rented car, and you probably don't want to pay for taxis everywhere you...
  • McHenry County gets new representative on RTA board

    McHenry County gets new representative on RTA board
    A businessman and former member of the McHenry County Board will represent the county on the Regional Transportation Authority starting in January. Blake Hobson, 51, of Lakewood, was named by County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill to replace longtime...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events. First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
  • Vehicle hit by train in Des Plaines

    Vehicle hit by train in Des Plaines
    A vehicle was struck by a Metra train in Des Plaines this afternoon, authorities said. The train, which was headed for Des Plaines from downtown Chicago, hit a vehicle at River Road in Des Plaines about 4 p.m., as it was arriving at its destination,...
  • Rift at RTA causes agency to again miss state deadline

    Rift at RTA causes agency to again miss state deadline
    For the second year in a row, a long-standing city-suburban split among members of the Regional Transportation Authority board has put the agency in apparent violation of state law. The RTA was obligated by statute to meet a Sept. 15 deadline to issue...