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  • Cheapest Commute: Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, Ford Focus or a Train?

     
    Have you ever wondered how much it costs to commute in a plug-in car versus a hybrid or a gas-only model? After we published our exclusive comparison test among three different plug-in electric vehicles, many people asked us to test...
  • Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please

    Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please
    An open letter to Dorval Carter Jr., incoming president of the Chicago Transit Authority, offering a few ideas about how to build the CTA into a world-class transit system. May 11, 2015 Dear Dorval, While reporting on transportation for the Tribune,...

    Ventra contract swells by about $65 million because of add-ons

    Ventra contract swells by about $65 million because of add-ons
    The cost of the Ventra transit fare-collection system has climbed to above $500 million, a 14 percent increase since the Chicago Transit Authority signed the original contract in late 2011, according to records obtained by the Tribune. A series of add-...

    Commuting downtown in winter is physically, financially exhausting

    Commuting downtown in winter is physically, financially exhausting
    You see the dangdest things as an occasional rider of the commuter rails. For example, the archaeological dig going on in the parking lot of a Lake County Metra station during this extended cold-weather season. To explain: A man had parked his vehicle...

    Could cheaper gas further fuel dip in mass transit ridership?

    Could cheaper gas further fuel dip in mass transit ridership?
    How can plummeting gas prices be a cause of concern for Chicago-area transit agencies and millions of riders? Start with fuel budgets for commuter trains and buses that were moving targets because they were being put together in the throes of a gas...