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  • Reinventing mass transit in metro Chicago

    Reinventing mass transit in metro Chicago
    In a more temperate moment, Mayor Rahm Emanuel might have used the term "blue ribbon panel" to describe the task force assigned to rethink metropolitan Chicago's mass transit system. But the mayor's pension bill was having a bad day in Springfield,...
  • Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements

    Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements
    A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements. Launching a...
  • No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus

    No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus
    Cubs fans will have one fewer option for getting to the ballpark this summer. The CTA is no longer running a weekend and night shuttle from a North Side parking lot to Wrigley Field this year. The Cubs decided not to subsidize the No. 154-Wrigley...
  • Voice of the People, Apr. 04

    Ukraine's future U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that the Ukraine must decide its own future. This is a rather naive statement to make, as currently about 40,000 Russian troops are at its borders. So with a Russian gun barrel pointed at it,...
  • How to fix mass transit in metropolitan Chicago

    How to fix mass transit in metropolitan Chicago
    Among the records examined by the task force assembled in the wake of last summer's patronage scandal at Metra: "three boxes of index cards, holding more than 800 three-by-five inch cards relating to persons who were referred for jobs, promotions or...
  • Sox are back—and so is the Red Line

    Sox are back—and so is the Red Line
    When the Sox return to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday for Opening Day, it will also be a homecoming of sorts for the Sox Red Line stop. The CTA shut the Sox-35th station, the closest rail stop to the stadium, for five months last year as part of a $425...
  • Mass transit task force report advocates new board, elimination of RTA

    Mass transit task force report advocates new board, elimination of RTA
    A task force formed by Gov. Pat Quinn in the wake of last year's Metra controversy signed off this morning on a plan to reshape oversight of the Chicago area's transit agencies. The plan calls for consolidating Metra, CTA and Pace under one "single...
  • Emanuel says transit report written by 'propeller heads'

    Emanuel says transit report written by 'propeller heads'
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today dismissed a state task force report that called for one mega mass transit agency combining the CTA, Metra and PACE as written by "propeller heads." The characterization came today when the mayor was asked if the single transit...
  • Transit superagency faces hurdles

    Transit superagency faces hurdles
    The authors of a sweeping report calling for the reshaping of the Chicago-area mass transit system into a single superagency acknowledged Monday that their recommendations must overcome significant political obstacles to become reality. George Ranney...
  • 1-mile cab ride costs passenger $787

    1-mile cab ride costs passenger $787
    When she got off the Metra train at the Ogilvie Transportation Center on Dec. 17, Becky Siegel was already running late. The 20-year-old college student from Winnetka was meeting friends at Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, and she grabbed the first cab she...
  • American Airlines should pay taxes

    Municipalities and other local governments, including Cook County, collect sales taxes to pay for the services they provide to the individuals and companies that live and do business in their communities. That’s the purpose of sales tax collection....