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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

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Durbin, Business Leaders Frustrated With Transit Funding Deadlock

Road and mass transit construction projects nationwide could begin grinding to a halt next week unless a deadlock over funding is broken in Congress, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is getting impatient.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2012

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Mulls Extension To Oswego, Outside RTA Service Area

Metra doesn’t have enough money to fix what’s breaking, But that’s not stopping the commuter rail agency from studying a possible extension in the far southwest suburbs.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2012

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RTA Already Replacing Thousands Of New Senior Fare Cards

The Regional Transportation Authority’s new senior half-fare cards have only been in use since Labor Day, but it is already replacing hundreds each week.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

RTA Members Worried About Metra Money Problems

Metra ended September with a $7 million shortfall, and it has some members of the Regional Transportation Authority board concerned.

WBBM Newsradio–11/16/2011

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 To Unveil 2012 Budget Plan

Today is the day that CTA riders learn whether they will have to endure fare hikes and service cuts when the transit agency announces its budget plan for next year.

WBBM Newsradio–10/19/2011

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Kankakee Mayor Defends ‘Sham Shops,’ Says Chicago Taxes Are Too High

The mayor of Kankakee is asking the City of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority to drop their lawsuits, which accuse her city and Channahon of allowing businesses to use their cities as havens to dodge Chicago sales taxes.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2011

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Free Public Transit Rides For Seniors End At Midnight

The program that has allowed all Illinois seniors to ride public transit for free will come to an end at midnight Wednesday night.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011

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Time Running Out For Old Seniors’ Transit Passes

Time is running out on the Seniors Ride Free passes that Chicago-area seniors have used on the CTA, Metra and Pace since 2008.

WBBM Newsradio–08/22/2011

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RTA To Spend $435,000 For Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Regional Transportation Authority will spend $435,000 in scarce funds to find out how pleased riders are with the CTA, Metra and Pace.

CBS Chicago–08/19/2011

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RTA: New Reduced Fare Cards Have Been Sent

The Regional Transportation Authority is reminding eligible seniors if they have not received their reduced fare transit cards, they should contact the RTA’s customer service center.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

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New Transit Fare Cards Arriving For Seniors

New fare cards have begun to arrive from the RTA for more than 427,000 Chicago area senior citizens in the next few days.

WBBM Newsradio–08/01/2011

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New Transit Cards Going Out For Low-Income Seniors

New RTA fare cards are going out to 427,000 Chicago-area seniors sooner than expected.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

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State Pays Nearly $100M Owed To Transit Agencies

The state of Illinois is coughing up some of the money it owes to the Chicago area’s transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–07/21/2011

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

RTA: Emergency Fare Hikes, Service Cuts May Be Around The Corner

The Regional Transportation Authority is warning that the CTA, Metra and Pace may have to undertake emergency fare hikes and service cuts as soon as next month.

CBS Chicago–06/24/2011

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Hearings Planned For End Of Free Rides For Seniors

Like it or not, the end is in sight for free rides for more than half of the Chicago area’s senior citizens.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

Pace Bus

RTA Official Doubts Natural Gas-Powered Bus Proposal

A top Regional Transportation Authority official says the agency should think twice about buying a fleet of natural gas-powered buses.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2011

Illinois Senate Chambers

Sales Tax Bill Denounced As Ruinous To Government, Transit

A bill that has passed the Illinois Senate is being called a boon to taxpayers by some, but others denounced it as a potentially ruinous measure for local government and transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–04/22/2011

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Gas Prices Have Commuters Weighing Tough Choices

Rising gas prices have everyone thinking about the best way to get around. Public transportation is highly touted, but is it the smart way to go?

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

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