Regional Transportation Authority

Metra Train

Ex-Metra CEO To Testify About Madigan Patronage Claim

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford will testify to the Regional Transportation Authority about how House Speaker Michael Madigan asked him to raise the pay of a Madigan campaign worker and to hire another friend of the powerful Southwest Side Democrat.


Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Head Of Metra Board Defends Severance Deal For Former CEO

Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran defended an expensive severance settlement with former CEO Alex Clifford, explaining the deal was cheaper than a potential lawsuit if Clifford were fired without a parting deal.


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BGA Questions $750K ‘Golden Parachute’ For Former Metra Boss

A government watchdog group wants the Regional Transportation Authority to look into why former Metra executive director got a severance package worth up to $750,000 when he stepped down, even though he apparently wasn’t legally entitled to any severance pay.


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

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

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