Southwest Suburbs Hit Hardest By Flooding; Burbank Schools ClosedHeavy rains have caused major flooding across much of the Chicago area overnight, especially in the southwest suburbs, where at least two school districts were forced to cancel classes at all its schools.
Pace Delays Plans For Expanded Service Pace has decided to "go slow" with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.
Pace Expected To Expand Service Of Buses Riding On Shoulders Of I-55 More buses could be riding the shoulders of I-55 next month.
Final Transition To Ventra Goes Smoothly For CTA, PaceThe CTA and Pace say they're not aware of any problems with the final changeover to Ventra cards. WBBM's Bob Roberts spoke with both agencies.
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.
Pace To Offer New Express Service To Brookfield ZooPace wants to make it easier this summer for CTA riders to get to the Brookfield Zoo.
Holdouts Finally Making The Switch To VentraMore than 200 people lined up at the Jefferson Park branch library to make the switch Thursday. A few elderly customers said they merely waited until CTA came to them, because the trip to CTA headquarters in the West Loop was too much.
CTA, Pace Begin Phasing Out Old Fare Cards Ahead Of Full Switch To VentraCTA officials said 86 percent of its fares are now paid with a Ventra card, and the agency is pushing the last of its riders to make the switch to Ventra. Pace riders have been slower to make the change, with about 60 percent of the suburban bus agency’s fares paid with Ventra cards.
RTA Boss Doubts Plan For Transit SuperagencyRTA 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.
Harsh Winter Takes A Toll On CTA, Pace BudgetsThe polar vortex has blown a hole in the CTA and Pace budgets, but neither agency is pushing the panic button yet.
Ventra Cards Become Only Way To Pay For CTA, Pace On July 1When Ventra was first unveiled in September, there were massive teething problems.
CTA's Full Transition To Ventra At Least Two Months AwayCTA 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.
Transit Union: Delay Final Ventra Switchover Until It's FixedAmalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly said the employees he represents are getting verbal abuse daily.
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.
Pace Budget Plan Calls For New Vehicles, End To Cash TransfersPace 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.