Mass Transit

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Law To Make Mass Transit Operations More Transparent

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a mass transit reform law intended to make the operations of transit agencies more transparent and accountable.

08/23/2014

Regional Transportation Authority Logo

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

CTA Train (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Study Urges $2B In Annual Spending To Improve Local Mass Transit

A new study by DePaul University advises at least $2 billion a year in spending is needed for the Chicago area’s mass transit system, to avoid a meltdown of the aging network.

WBBM Newsradio–12/10/2012

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Free Rides On Mass Transit May End For Everyone

The free ride on mass transit in Illinois may soon be over for everyone.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2012

Dan Ryan Expressway

Durbin Pushing For 2-Year Road, Transit Funding Plan

A House-Senate conference committee begins meetings next week on Capitol Hill to try to craft a new federal highway and mass transit program. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin came to Union Station in Chicago to collect ammunition for the Senate package.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2012

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, Rep. Robert Dold

Reps Lipinski, Dold: Don’t End Gas Tax Funding For Mass Transit

A pair of Illinois congressmen reached across the aisle to fight against ending gas tax funding for public transit.

WBBM Newsradio–02/13/2012

A CTA bus approaches a stop. (CBS)

CTA Fighting Cuts To Federal Transit Security Funds

Officials believe the death of Osama Bin Laden increases the risk of retaliation from his supporters. And the greatest threat is to the nation’s buses and trains

CBS Chicago–05/04/2011

Pace Bus

Mass Transit Planned For Elgin-O’Hare Extension

Planning continues to extend the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway to the western edge of the expanded O’Hare International Airport, and mass transit is a component.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2011

An elevated Chicago Transit Authority train (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Seniors’ Free Rides Now In Quinn’s Hands

Legislation that would restrict free mass transit rides to low-income Illinois senior citizens is awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn., who previously has defended free rides for all seniors.

WBBM Newsradio–01/18/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

State Inspector General May Oversee Mass Transit

The top watchdog in the state of Illinois could soon be charged with the additional task of overseeing all four Chicago mass transit associations.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2010