| Nov 15, 2011
| 6:07 PM
With scarcely any discussion, the CTA board on Tuesday approved a $1.24 billion budget for 2012 that presumes no fare hikes, service cuts or employee layoffs based on management achieving unprecedented work-rule concessions from labor unions.
| Nov 21, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Surveillance cameras are now deployed at all 143 CTA rail stations to fight crime and give transit riders an added sense of security, officials announced Monday.
Almost 1,800 cameras were recently installed at 78 stations that previously did not have...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 1:46 PM
The last 25 CTA rail car cleaners who were laid off last year will return to work this month under an agreement announced Thursday that also extends an apprenticeship program to give a second chance to convicted criminals released from prison.
| Dec 16, 2011
| 4:11 PM
All of the CTA's new rail cars have been pulled from service as a safety precaution pending the outcome of testing after inspections turned up multiple irregularities in the appearance of steel wheel components, transit officials said today.
| Dec 19, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Change was a hot topic of the CTA this year—and not just because a new debit-credit fare system could reduce coin transactions in the next few years.
Other changes announced this year: Longtime politico Forrest Claypool was named CTA president...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 10:35 AM
Woe is the Blue Line.
While other transit lines are seeing upgrades or fancy new rail cars, the Blue Line—which is often the first impression for some travelers to Chicago—is stuck in the Dark Ages.
Stations along the northern section of the...
| Jan 18, 2012
After months of wrangling over data, it wasn't until Dec. 23 that CTA officials dropped a bombshell to finally explain why their figure for overtime paid to employees was millions of dollars lower than the number the Tribune arrived at by analyzing the...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 3:25 PM
Seven of the most shabby, leaky and all-around deplorable rail stations on the CTA Red Line north branch are in store for a “$57.4 million face lift’’ starting this summer and running through early next year, under a contract the CTA...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 5:57 AM
The CTA has ordered 300 additional 5000-series rail cars for $331 million, the car manufacturer Bombardier Transportation announced today.
The CTA has now ordered 706 of these rail cars, which feature aisle-facing seats, electronic signs and smooth...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 11:43 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to hire 50 full-time police officers to patrol rail and bus stations around the city.
The officers will come from the fall class of the Chicago Police Academy and will be detailed to public transportation by the spring of 2012....
| Feb 20, 2012
| 6:09 PM
Once meant for public trains and buses, the untouched heaters, rod ends and spools of copper wire have instead collected dust for years at the Chicago Transit Authority's main warehouse.
But a cleanup is under way.
As part of the initiative to cut costs...