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Residents in southwest suburban Burbank wade through a heavily flooded street. According to the National Weather Service, more than 4.5 inches of rain fell in the area from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Southwest Suburbs Hit Hardest By Flooding; Burbank Schools Closed

Heavy rains have caused major flooding across much of the Chicago area overnight, especially in the southwest suburbs, where at least two school districts were forced to cancel classes at all its schools.

08/22/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Delays Plans For Expanded Service

Pace has decided to “go slow” with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.

07/09/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Expected To Expand Service Of Buses Riding On Shoulders Of I-55

More buses could be riding the shoulders of I-55 next month.

07/08/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Final Transition To Ventra Goes Smoothly For CTA, Pace

The CTA and Pace say they’re not aware of any problems with the final changeover to Ventra cards. WBBM’s Bob Roberts spoke with both agencies.

07/01/2014

UP West Metra Train

Despite Unclear Future, RTA Signs $5 Million Ad Campaign

The Regional Transportation Authority may not even be around in a few months, yet it has just signed a 38-month, $5 million advertising contract targeting markets that have eluded the area’s transit agencies.

05/21/2014

Pace Bus

Pace To Offer New Express Service To Brookfield Zoo

Pace wants to make it easier this summer for CTA riders to get to the Brookfield Zoo.

05/15/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Holdouts Finally Making The Switch To Ventra

More than 200 people lined up at the Jefferson Park branch library to make the switch Thursday. A few elderly customers said they merely waited until CTA came to them, because the trip to CTA headquarters in the West Loop was too much.

05/09/2014

Ventra reader (CBS)

CTA, Pace Begin Phasing Out Old Fare Cards Ahead Of Full Switch To Ventra

CTA officials said 86 percent of its fares are now paid with a Ventra card, and the agency is pushing the last of its riders to make the switch to Ventra. Pace riders have been slower to make the change, with about 60 percent of the suburban bus agency’s fares paid with Ventra cards.

05/01/2014

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

Commuters wait on a snow-covered platform for an L train in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harsh Winter Takes A Toll On CTA, Pace Budgets

The polar vortex has blown a hole in the CTA and Pace budgets, but neither agency is pushing the panic button yet.

03/17/2014

Ventra reader (CBS)

Ventra Cards Become Only Way To Pay For CTA, Pace On July 1

When Ventra was first unveiled in September, there were massive teething problems.

03/14/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA’s Full Transition To Ventra At Least Two Months Away

CTA is a lot happier now with the Ventra farecard than it was even a month ago. But CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday that the final phase-out of old fare cards is at least two months off.

02/05/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Transit Union: Delay Final Ventra Switchover Until It’s Fixed

Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly said the employees he represents are getting verbal abuse daily.

11/01/2013

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After More Quarreling, RTA Board Keeps Historic Funding Levels Intact

The agreement kept intact the historic division of the supposedly discretionary funds: 98 percent to the CTA, 2 percent to Pace, while essentially forgiving a $56 million loan to the CTA that CTA has characterized as a grant and offering Metra $2 million for capital projects.

10/17/2013

Pace Bus

Pace Budget Plan Calls For New Vehicles, End To Cash Transfers

Pace is the first of the area’s transit systems to unveil a proposed 2014 budget, and it holds the line on most fares while promising additional service.

10/10/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

Pace Ramps Up Efforts To Educate Commuters About Ventra

Pace employees will be staged at 14 transit stations in the city during the next two weeks in an effort to inform customers about fare policy changes.

10/08/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

CTA, Pace Roll Out Ventra Fare System For All Riders

On Monday, Ventra cards will begin replacing the familiar plastic and paper fare cards with magnetic stripes, which CTA and Pace customers have been using for years.

09/09/2013

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald discusses his decision to resign from his position by the end of June 2012, after more than 10 years in his job. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Taps Fitzgerald, Former CTA Chair For Transit Reform Panel

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed former U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and former CTA Board chair Carole Brown to a panel tasked with recommending reforms for the Chicago area’s public transit agencies, in the wake of patronage allegations at Metra.

08/15/2013

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BGA: Overhaul Transit Boards To Change ‘Culture Of Corruption’

A government watchdog group said Wednesday that the resignations of two Regional Transportation Authority board members this week pointed to larger, troubling issues for the Chicago area’s transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–08/07/2013

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Pace Wants To Expand Call-Ride Program

Pace is looking to expand its popular Call-n-Ride program.

08/05/2013

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