CBS 2 Chicago wbbm7801059 670 The Score

Pace

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

(Credit: CBS)

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

(Credit: CBS)

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

(Credit: Pace)

Pace Wants To Expand Call-Ride Program

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

08/05/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

CTA To Roll Out Ventra Transit Card Over Next Two Months

The Ventra card allows riders to use a single card for CTA and Pace transportation, according to a CTA release.

07/29/2013

Pace Bus

Pace Expanding Shoulder-Riding Buses

More shoulder-riding Pace buses begin to roam I-55 beginning Monday. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says an even bigger expansion may be in the works.

05/04/2013

Pace Bus

Pace To Test New Flexible Routes In Lake County

One of the hassles of riding the bus is the dash to get to the corner, several blocks away, to catch it.

04/06/2013

Nine people were hospitalized after a van crashed into a tree in the Morgan Park neighborhood on March 18, 2013. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Nine Injured In Far South Side Crash

The crash involved a van or minibus that crashed into a tree.

03/18/2013

Pace Bus

Woman Killed In Pace Bus Accident On South Side

A Pace bus traveling south swerved to avoid a pedestrian and crashed into a light pole in the 4600 block of South Halsted Street.

03/08/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

Company Behind New CTA Transit-Debit Card Has Lowest Consumer Rating

Money Network, one of the company’s behind the new Ventra transit and debit card, currently has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.

02/14/2013

Pace Bus

Pace To Increase Use Of Stevenson Expressway Shoulder

More Pace buses will be riding the shoulders of I-55 by next summer — and could possibly be taking riders between the Loop and southwest suburbs middays, and on specials to White Sox and Bears games.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2012

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

more