| Nov 21, 2013
The Regional Transportation Authority will investigate the repeated problems that have marred the CTA's launch of its Ventra fare card, officials said Wednesday.
RTA Chairman John Gates Jr. called the problems a "systemic failure" and directed the RTA'...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Metra's plans to build a $20 million station on the South Side — the first new commuter rail facility in that part of the city since 2011 — prompted an unusually candid explanation of the political back-scratching behind the project.
| Nov 18, 2013
As the nation's second-largest transit system struggles to debug the unruly Ventra fare-payment system, another apparent Ventra glitch is also testing the patience of some customers.
The culprit this time is the Chicago Transit Authority's Ventra...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:27 PM
Metra monthly pass customers who also buy passes on CTA and Pace will receive new types of cards starting in December that are compatible with the Ventra fare payment system, officials said Thursday.
Unlike CTA and Pace, Metra is not yet participating...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:36 PM
Metra's board members need to be armed with new guidelines after the controversial ouster of former CEO Alex Clifford, including guidance on how to deal with patronage issues, a new report recommends.
One of those policies needs to spell out how Metra...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Stetson Siler of Oak Park went out to his mailbox one day last week, saw an envelope for a new Ventra card and wondered who would be getting one first, him or his wife.
Turns out, neither.
The disabled Air Force veteran, who was eagerly awaiting his...
| Nov 10, 2013
Veterans Day will be observed Monday. The following public services will be affected:
Schools: Many will be closed, but check with local school offices.
Government offices: Most buildings will be closed. Some driver services facilities normally open...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 7:21 AM
Trains were delayed on Metra's Burlington Northern line this morning because of switching problems near west suburban Downers Grove.
Inbound and outbound trains were forced to stop so crew members could manually operate switches near Fairview Avenue,...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:54 PM
The CTA and Metra quickly shot down a proposal Monday to consolidate all borrowing authority for Chicago-area mass transit projects and equipment under their parent agency, the latest salvo in a fight over control of billions of regional transportation...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:06 PM
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...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 7:27 PM
The estate of a Metra employee struck and killed by a train earlier this summer is now suing the commuter rail agency.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that negligence by Metra caused the July 5 death of track laborer Luis...