Forrest Claypool

The CTA's new Ventra card. (CBS)

CTA Cracking Down On Misuse Of Reduced Fare Transit Cards

CTA president Forrest Claypool says misuse of reduced and free transit cards is both immoral and costly to the agency so he’s cracking down on the $3 million annual scam.

11/12/2014

Artist rendering of what the new 95th Street Station will look like. (Credit: city of Chicago)

CTA Breaks Ground On New 95th Street Red Line, Bus Terminal

CTA and elected officials have officially broken ground on the sprawling new 95th street terminal planned for the Red line, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/22/2014

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Claypool: Whistleblower Off-Base On CTA Budget

A former CTA employee who says he was axed for blowing the whistle on what he called unrealistic budget projections “has no clue what he’s talking about,’’ CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday

05/15/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Still Examining Three Options To Extend Red Line South

The CTA says, contrary to published reports, it has NOT narrowed to two the list of potential routes for a Red Line extension to 130th Street. Nor is it in a position to move ahead with construction.

04/17/2014

Interior view of a new CTA bus manufactured by Nova. The CTA has ordered 300 of the buses for delivery in 2014. (Credit: CBS)

CTA To Get 300 New Buses

The mayor said the city will step up pothole filling efforts to make sure the buses have smooth streets on which to drive.

02/26/2014

(File Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Musician Suing CTA Over Damaged Viola

A judge has set a Feb. 18 trial date in a dispute between a musician and the CTA over a damaged viola.

01/24/2014

Forrest Claypool

Emanuel Has ‘Full Confidence’ In Claypool, Despite Ventra Problems

Bus drivers have said they’re seeing fewer problems with Ventra fare cards, and the mayor said he’s not holding Claypool responsible for the foul-ups with the switchover to Ventra.

12/03/2013

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

CTA Adding New Theft-Prevention Measure To Buses

Burned twice in the past three years by impostors who stole buses, the CTA is going high-tech in its attempt to prevent it from happening again.

11/14/2013

Ventra reader (CBS)

Mayor To Make Sure Ventra’s ‘Feet Are Held To The Fire’ On CTA Switchover Problems

Mayor says Ventra contractor won’t get paid until system is working the way it should.

11/06/2013

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Puts Hammer Down On Ventra Contractor

CTA president Forrest Claypool on Tuesday said the contractor on the new Ventra fare-collection system will not be paid until the problems are resolved.

11/05/2013

Ventra reader (CBS)

Aldermen Demand Answers From CTA Bosses On Ventra Problems

Many CTA riders are still experiencing big problems with their transition to the new Ventra card, and two aldermen want to hold City Council hearings to get answers from CTA officials.

11/05/2013

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Extending 31st Street Bus West To Cicero

After a 13-month test, the CTA’s board Wednesday approved permanent extension of its No. 35 31st/35th bus route along 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero, but that’s not what a roomful of protesters wanted.

10/10/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Claypool: CTA Job Cuts To Save $13 Million A Year

About a third of the jobs are going away because of the transition to the Ventra card system, which takes CTA out of the fare-collection business. Some will get the chance to reapply for 30 new jobs.

09/11/2013

Six weeks into a project to overhaul the entire Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, crews work to replace tracks and upgrade the station at 47th Street. (Credit: CBS)

CTA’s Red Line South Rehab Running Smoothly

Six weeks in, the CTA Red Line South reconstruction project remains on schedule and on budget.

WBBM Newsradio–07/03/2013

CTA RED LINE

Red Line Riders Prepare For Shutdown One Week Away

In one week, on May 19, the CTA will shut down the south end of the Red Line for five months of reconstruction. Some riders are ready, others are not.

05/12/2013

Red Line Train

CTA Defends Replacing Private Security Guards With Customer Service Reps

CTA President Forrest Claypool said the customer service reps will offer a stable presence at CTA stations, and know the community where they work.

WBBM Newsradio–05/06/2013

Michael Russell, a CTA apprentice who is an ex-offender, is in line for a job as a CTA bus driver after three years in the apprentice program. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Expands Apprentice Program For Ex-Offenders

The apprentices start at $9.25 an hour at jobs cleaning buses and trains, and can work themselves into jobs as CTA bus drivers.

WBBM Newsradio–03/07/2013

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA, Transit Union Oppose Concealed Carry On Public Buses, Trains

If gun owners are allowed to ride the CTA armed, its union leaders want to arm transit personnel to the teeth, also, but the union says allowing commuters to carry guns on buses and trains would be “disastrous.”

WBBM Newsradio–02/22/2013

Red Line Train

CTA Offering Free Rides To Commuters Inconvenienced By Red Line Overhaul

The CTA has set May 19 as the date it will shut down the south branch of the Red Line, between Roosevelt and 95th. But it is hoping to keep riders by offering many of them free rides.

02/21/2013

CTA Train Car

New CTA Train Cars Getting Brighter Lights

The transit agency’s board approved a switch from fluorescent to LED interior lighting Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–02/14/2013

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