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A CTA train. (CBS)

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.

12/03/2014

UP West Metra Train

RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard Scrutinizes Metra Conductor Salaries

The 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.

11/12/2014

Kirk Dillard (Credit: Steve Miller)

Kirk Dillard Elected RTA Chairman

The Regional Transportation Authority is shifting gears – from a developer as its board chairman to a politician and attorney who actually rides mass transit regularly.

06/25/2014

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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

Metra Train

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.

01/15/2014

Ventra reader (CBS)

RTA Chief Calls For Ventra Audit

The 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.

11/20/2013

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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

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Task Force Gets To Work To Fix Illinois Public Transit Problems

Governor 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.

09/03/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

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.

08/20/2013

A CTA bus approaches a stop. (CBS)

CTA Chairman Claypool Says Agency Not In Need Of Shake Up

Although the newest appointee to the CTA’s governing board suddenly backed out in the past week, the CTA’s President says any upcoming agency shakeup should leave his agency out.

08/18/2013

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Resignations Have RTA Head Pleading For New Appointees To Metra Board

After, another resignation from the Metra Board, the head of the Regional Transportation Authority is pleading with suburban official to appoint members to fill all the empty seats. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore has the story.

08/15/2013

Governor joins Secy of State Jesse White before he signs three traffic safety laws. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Quinn Says RTA Culpable In Metra Scandals

Governor Quinn says that in the wake of the patronage and executive director payout scandal at Metra, he wants experts to look at an overhaul of the state’s transportation agencies, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/05/2013

Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley arrives for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Daley Wants To Eliminate RTA

Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley said the Regional Transportation Authority – which oversees the finances of CTA, Pace and Metra – has reached the end of the line, and should be eliminated.

07/25/2013

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RTA Wants Answers On Former Metra CEO’s Severance Package

The Regional Transportation Authority board has called Metra’s chairman to appear at a special meeting July 10 to discuss the decision by the commuter rail agency’s board to approval a controversial severance agreement with CEO Alex Clifford.

07/02/2013

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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.

06/25/2013

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

RTA Joins Other Transit Agencies For ‘Dump The Pump Day’

Be a rider, not a driver. That’s the message today from the Regional Transportation Authority on the annual “Dump the Pump Day, reports WBBM’s Terry Keshner.

06/20/2013

UP West Metra Train

RTA Introducing New Signs To Help Riders Find Transfers

If you have ever become lost trying to transfer between Metra, CTA and Pace, the RTA has heard your complaint, and is trying to do something about it.

05/05/2013

RTA May Cut Back On Live Call Center Hours

The RTA’s Travel Information Center gets more than 5.3 million calls a year, but it may trim the center’s hours.

02/24/2013

Pace Bus

Illinois Transit Agencies To Fight Against Guns On Buses, Trains

The state’s mass transit agencies say they are willing to go to the mat with the National Rifle Association over concealed guns aboard trains and buses.

02/20/2013

United Airlines

Suit: United Operates ‘Sham’ Office To Avoid Taxes

The Regional Transportation Authority is taking United Airlines to court.

01/14/2013

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