Chicago Area Transit Officials Increasingly Anxious As State Budget Impasse ContinuesChicago-area transit officials sound increasingly anxious over the inability to legislative leaders and the governor to reach agreement on a state budget.
Wishful Thinking? RTA Anticipates Funding Increases From Illinois State BudgetOne problem with that: There is no state budget. WBBM's Bob Roberts reports.
Overall, Most Mass Transit Users Satisfied With ServiceThere's some restlessness, but overall, Chicago-area mass transit users remain satisfied with service overall, despite delays, breakdowns, crowding and fare hikes, reports WBBM's Bob Roberts.
CTA Blames Red Line Construction, Fewer School Days For Decline In Ridership CTA bus ridership is down and the transit agency is offering a lot of reasons why.
RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard Scrutinizes Metra Conductor SalariesThe head of the Chicago's areas umbrella transit agency recommends Metra follow up reports that many of its locomotive engineers conductors bring home over $100,000 a year, reports WBBM's John Cody.
Kirk Dillard Elected RTA ChairmanThe Regional Transportation Authority is shifting gears – from a developer as its board chairman to a politician and attorney who actually rides mass transit regularly.
Despite Unclear Future, RTA Signs $5 Million Ad CampaignThe 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.
RTA Chairman Orders Review Of Metra Performance In Wake Of Cold Weather Problems Metra has begun a self-examination of its performance in this month's snow and bitter cold, even as the Regional Transportation Authority orders its own review.
RTA Chief Calls For Ventra AuditThe chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority said Wednesday the problems with the Ventra fare card system amount to "systemic failure," not just "a computer glitch." And he ordered his chief auditor to determine how much it's costing.
After More Quarreling, RTA Board Keeps Historic Funding Levels IntactThe 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.
Task Force Gets To Work To Fix Illinois Public Transit ProblemsGovernor Pat Quinn’s transit task force has morphed from checking up on Metra to designing a transit system that's the envy of the world after a few local issues are settled. John Cody reports on day one.
RTA Audit Says Settlement With Former CEO "Flawed"The Regional Transportation Authority is putting the finishing touches on a sharply critical audit of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s severance agreement – and says the commuter rail agency could have gotten out of the contract for a fraction of the potential $718,000 cost.