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  • 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-...
  • Bikes put homeless on road to opportunity

    Bikes put homeless on road to opportunity
    Kevin Harmon lives in Aurora and works in West Chicago. Which doesn't sound like a bad commute, until you consider it starts off with a four-block walk at night to catch that last bus of the day to the Metra station in Geneva. From there, Harmon catches...
  • Delays by Metra rose in February, but March numbers improving

    Delays by Metra rose in February, but March numbers improving
    Delays continued to plague Metra's popular BNSF line during a snowy February, but the on-time performance has improved so far in March. The BNSF line was on time 90.1 percent of the time, 87.6 percent during rush hour, in February. "We didn't meet our...
  • Oswego to end Park-n-Ride service for commuters

    Oswego to end Park-n-Ride service for commuters
    With a small number of riders in recent years, the village of Oswego has decided to end its Park-n-Ride transportation service for Metra riders this summer. The Oswego Park-n-Ride has operated weekday rush hour bus service between two locations and...
  • How the Ventra app could affect CTA rides

    How the Ventra app could affect CTA rides
    If only it could save you a seat on the train. A forthcoming Ventra app, which would let public transit riders use their smartphones to buy fares for the CTA, Metra and the Pace suburban bus system, may not seem revolutionary to CTA riders—at...
  • Transit officials: Rauner budget cuts could mean fare hikes

    Regional Transportation Authority officials are warning that Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reduce state funding for public transit could lead to fare hikes and service cuts. In a statement, the agency that oversees public transportation in the...
  • Ventra app presented at show-and-tell, expected to be rolled out soon

    Ventra app presented at show-and-tell, expected to be rolled out soon
    Transit officials on Friday demonstrated a test version of a new Ventra smartphone app that will enable mobile ticketing on the CTA, Metra and Pace. The app modernizes the antiquated paper ticket fare-collection system on Metra. Customers will be able...
  • Oswego locks in land for potential Metra commuter lot

    Oswego locks in land for potential Metra commuter lot
    The village of Oswego has locked in a purchase of a 15-acre parcel for a future Metra commuter parking lot at the northwest corner of Orchard Road and Mill Street. Village trustees approved a planned unit development agreement for 98.3 acres of land...
  • South Shore express trains intended to lure new NWI residents

    South Shore express trains intended to lure new NWI residents
    PORTAGE — The success of the newly launched "Sunrise Express" South Shore commuter train from South Bend to Chicago could lead to landmark change for the railroad, pitting it in tighter competition for commuters with Metra, its Illinois rival. The...
  • Transit riders are warned to brace for possible service cuts, fare hikes

    Transit riders are warned to brace for possible service cuts, fare hikes
    Transit officials Wednesday laid out a grim scenario of service cuts on buses and trains, fare increases, layoffs and commuters returning to their cars in droves as early as summer if lawmakers approve Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to cut nearly $170 million...
  • Transit employee contributions in spotlight Wednesday

    Transit employee contributions in spotlight Wednesday
    Public transportation workers will be lauded Wednesday for their efforts during Transit Employee Appreciation Day. Riders on the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace are encouraged to say thank you to the people who keep the lines running every day....