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RTA Boss Doubts Plan For Transit Superagency

RTA Chairman John Gates said he wants the agency to concentrate on what he considers doable — and said his priority remains finding new money for capital repairs and rehabilitation.

03/20/2014

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RTA Chairman Orders Review Of Metra Performance In Wake Of Cold Weather Problems

Metra has begun a self-examination of its performance in this month’s snow and bitter cold, even as the Regional Transportation Authority orders its own review.

01/15/2014

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CTA Union: Ventra System Allowing Commuters To Ride For Free

A union official on Thursday showed reporters a photograph of a Ventra card that worked –- despite having a negative balance of $272.50.

11/21/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

RTA Board Slams Metra Board’s Severance Deal For Former CEO

Regional Transportation Authority board member William Coulson said former Metra chair Brad O’Halloran and director Larry Huggins sparked a clash with former CEO Alex Clifford over political hires at the agency.

08/21/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

RTA Audit Says Settlement With Former CEO “Flawed”

The Regional Transportation Authority is putting the finishing touches on a sharply critical audit of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s severance agreement – and says the commuter rail agency could have gotten out of the contract for a fraction of the potential $718,000 cost.

08/20/2013

UP West Metra Train

Resignations Have RTA Head Pleading For New Appointees To Metra Board

After, another resignation from the Metra Board, the head of the Regional Transportation Authority is pleading with suburban official to appoint members to fill all the empty seats. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore has the story.

08/15/2013

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RTA Boss Apologizes For Calling Paratransit ‘Limousine Service’

The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority has made a public apology for using the term “limousine service” to describe the agency’s paratransit service for the disabled.

10/24/2012

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RTA To Apologize For Calling Paratransit Vans A ‘Limousine’ Service

The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority is expected to issue an apology Wednesday for calling its paratransit vans a “limousine” service.

WBBM Newsradio–10/23/2012

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CTA, Metra, Pace Gang Up On RTA Over Consolidations

When Regional Transportation Authority Chairman John Gates wrote last week urging the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace to work more closely together, he wasn’t anticipating the collaboration that resulted.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2012

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RTA To Weigh Money-Saving Consolidations Of CTA, Metra, Pace Operations

The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority is floating a proposal he says could save taxpayers as much as $150 million a year.

CBS Chicago–05/29/2012

CTA 'L' Train (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

RTA Boss Backs CTA Plan To Change Work Rules

The head of the Regional Transportation Authority said Thursday that he backs the CTA’s decision to demand major changes to work rules — and impose fare hikes and service cuts if talks fail.

WBBM Newsradio–10/20/2011

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CTA, Pace, Metra All Might Soon Have Transit Trackers

Chicago-area transit riders are nearing the day when they’ll be able to find out easily how far away the next train or bus is on any bus, ‘L’ or train line.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011