| Aug 5, 2013
If given the option, would you pay $2.25 or $3 to ride a CTA train?
It's not a silly question. As the CTA moves to the Ventra regional transit fare-payment system — starting Monday among some university students — the agency will temporarily...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:13 PM
A second Metra board member has resigned in the wake of the controversy over the $718,000 severance package awarded to the agency's ousted CEO and the furor over patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Paul Darley, who represented...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Embattled Metra Chairman Brad O'Halloran has resigned his post, becoming the third board member to quit amid allegations of political back-scratching at the commuter rail agency.
O'Halloran, 58, served as the face of the ongoing scandal as he spent much...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:04 PM
Chicago-area transit commuters are poised to take a big step toward a regional fare card next month, when Ventra begins rolling out for CTA and Pace customers, officials announced Monday.
The new transit fare-collection system will be phased in by the...
| Jul 18, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
She said this as her father, House Speaker Michael...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:42 PM
The widow of a man killed in 2004 after being hit by a Metra train is suing the commuter rail agency, saying it acted negligently and is responsible for a crossing gate failing to lower in time.
Gerald S. Sexton, the lawsuit says, was driving his Ford...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Orland Park officials have proposed a set of parking and traffic regulations for the Main Street Triangle, as the massive development continues to expand and attract more people.
Police Chief Tim McCarthy presented a draft of the ordinance last week...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 5:15 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Generous health care and pensions will go by the wayside for future political appointees overseeing the Chicago area's local bus and train service, but the current officeholders will get to keep the benefits until they are...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins will not be conducting an independent probe of the ousted Metra CEO's allegations of patronage attempts and other improprieties at the agency, officials announced this morning.
Late Sunday, Perkins Coie,...
| Jul 17, 2013
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| Jul 16, 2013
| 4:17 PM
In 2011, when Alex Clifford was brought to Chicago from Los Angeles to fix Metra, the commuter rail operation, someone neglected to warn him about the way things are done here.
Or if someone did, Clifford — an experienced transportation...