Forrest Claypool

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

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Seats For 300 New CTA Buses To Be Built In Chicago

The Emanuel Administration has awarded an $8 million contract to a local company to supply the seats for at least 300 new CTA buses that will soon replace older vehicles on the streets.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2013

CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Fares Increase Monday For Half Of The CTA’s Riders

The price of a one-day pass will nearly double, from $5.75 to $10. A three-day pass that now costs $14 will cost $20. The seven-day pass will increase in price from $23 to $28 and the 30-day pass will increase in price from $86 to $100.

01/13/2013

CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Boss: No More Doomsdays For Transit Agency

No more doomsdays – that was the promise from Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool on Monday as the agency pushed its new budget.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2012

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Proposes Hikes To Weekly, Monthly Passes

The New Year will mean higher fares for half of the CTA’s ridership.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2012

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

CTA Postpones Unveiling Budget Amid Progress In Union Talks

The CTA was supposed to unveil its 2013 budget Thursday – but canceled the presentation minutes before a scheduled news conference because of overnight progress in talks with its two major unions.

11/15/2012

Forrest Claypool

CTA And Trade Unions Negotiate Contract

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority say they have tentative agreements with several trade unions that could pave the way for settlements with the rest of the CTA labor force.

WBBM Newsradio–11/05/2012

A surveillance camera at a CTA station. (CBS)

CTA Touts Success Of Surveillance Cameras In Fighting Crime

CTA officials say their system of more than 17,000 cameras is dramatically reducing crime on the system.

10/26/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with one of 36 new CTA bus drivers who started work on Oct. 15, 2012. The CTA is hiring 400 new bus drivers in time for the overhaul of the south branch of the Red Line next year. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya, WBBM)

CTA Hiring Hundreds Of New Bus Drivers Ahead Of Red Line Overhaul

Three dozen new bus drivers have graduated from the CTA training program, in preparation for next year’s massive Red Line reconstruction project.

WBBM Newsradio–10/15/2012

File photo of a Blue Line train.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

New CTA, Pace Fare System Begins Next Summer

The new fare payment system starts next summer. You’ll be able to pay with special Ventra cards or even use your own credit or debit cards that are equipped with special chips, so you can tap the cards to pay for a fare.

WBBM Newsradio–09/27/2012

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

CTA Riders Slam CTA Plans To Ease Crowding At Public Hearing

The CTA’s plan to ease crowding at the cost of all or portions of 26 bus routes ran into heavy opposition Tuesday night at the only public hearing on the proposed changes.

WBBM Newsradio–09/04/2012

Some CTA Riders Upset With Plans To Shuffle Bus Routes

The CTA is taking heat for its plan to discontinue a dozen bus lines and redistribute the buses to more heavily-patronized routes as it also steps up ‘L’ service on most of its rapid transit lines.

08/26/2012

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