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  • A public look at patronage

    A public look at patronage
    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...
  • Questions mount for Lisa Madigan and her father

     Questions mount for Lisa Madigan and her father
    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...
  • Getting Around: Ventra rollout may take some users for a ride

    Getting Around: Ventra rollout may take some users for a ride
    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...
  • Getting Around: Divvy bike-sharing program catching on in Chicago

    Getting Around: Divvy bike-sharing program catching on in Chicago
    Chicago's budding bicycle-sharing program has attracted thousands of tourists, biking enthusiasts and the just-plain curious this summer, city transportation officials say. But preliminary data obtained by the Tribune suggest the new service also is...
  • Ventra's transit benefits program also a problem

    Ventra's transit benefits program also a problem
    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...
  • We'll stop you, Rena -- and your little dog too

     We'll stop you, Rena -- and your little dog too
    Rena Church, the public art director for the city of Aurora, is a nice, pleasant person. And she has a cute, tiny dog, a Chihuahua mix named Rula. Their dream? To do what is now forbidden: ride together on Metra. Rena can almost envision the...
  • Chapman: The wrong lesson of the Metro-North accident

    Chapman: The wrong lesson of the Metro-North accident
    In the aftermath of the deadly Metro-North train wreck in New York, there was ample fuel for outrage. The anger was directed at the driver for apparently taking a turn way too fast — and at the federal government for not making that impossible....
  • Kass: Taxpayers: The heat is on us

    Kass: Taxpayers: The heat is on us
    There's nothing quite like inserting a can of beer into a chicken while you're contemplating how politicians treat us taxpayers. A week before the big Labor Day barbecue weekend, our politicos are positively grill-tastic, preparing for the fall...
  • All aboard: CTA, Pace start big Ventra card rollout Monday

    All aboard: CTA, Pace start big Ventra card rollout Monday
    The CTA and Pace on Monday will make their big rollout of a next-generation fare-payment system while beginning to phase out transit cards that have provided many years of dependable service but are showing signs of age. Through early next year, the...
  • Rail deaths spur CTA safety bid

    Rail deaths spur CTA safety bid
    Almost every day somebody climbs or falls onto the CTA tracks, which has led to seven deaths so far in 2013 and more than 50 fatalities in recent years, according to an analysis the transit agency is set to release Monday as part of a redoubled rail-...
  • Getting around: 40% of pedestrians, cyclists would cross train tracks despite warnings

    Getting around: 40% of pedestrians, cyclists would cross train tracks despite warnings
    As many as 4 out of 10 Chicago-area pedestrians and bicyclists say they are at times willing to ignore flashing lights, ringing bells and gates at railroad crossings, a UIC study has found. The University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, who...