'A State Of Disrepair', Metra To Get More Used Trains To Fix Current ProblemsMetra said it plans to add 42 more locomotives that are used to its fleet early next year. There could be a few new engines in the mix but the prospects and the pricing are still under review.
Mass Transit Officials Seeking Billions More In Public FundingOne day after the worst locomotive fire in years on a Metra train, the commuter rail agency’s boss went before the City Club of Chicago to push for more public investment in mass transit to help replace equipment that is often decades old.
RTA Pushes CTA To Raise FaresWhile Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not ruling out a possible fare increase, he says he is not willing to support that move just yet.
RTA Worrying About State's Backlog In Public Transportation FundingThe Regional Transportation Authority is beginning to worry about its ballooning backlog in funding from the state's Public Transportation Fund -- and what it could mean for CTA, Metra and Pace riders.
RTA Head Says Chicago Area Needs To Invest More In Public TransitThe head of the Regional Transportation Authority believes the public will understand the need for more public transit money when they hear what the money is buying, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
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RTA Discussing End To Free Rides, Most Reduced FaresThe Regional Transportation Authority is discussing an end to most reduced and free rides, should Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to mass transit funding come true.
Transit Agencies Expect No Changes In Fares Or ServiceThe Chicago Board of Education is borrowing $1 billion. City Hall is contemplating a property tax hike. Cook County may raise the sales tax by one percent -- again. But at Chicago's mass transit agencies there is no panic and it is business as usual.
RTA Chief Warns Of Higher Fares, Reduced Service Under Rauner BudgetThe region’s top transit official warned Thursday that CTA, Metra, and Pace fare hikes and service cuts would be “difficult to avoid” if the legislature enacts budget cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget.
CTA: Rauner's Proposed Cuts Deeper Than We ThoughtThe draconian cut in state aid to the CTA proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget might be even bigger than first thought.
RTA: Chicago Mass Transit Needs $36B In Infrastructure Upgrades Through 2025A Regional Transportation Authority analysis released Thursday has determined that the CTA, Metra and Pace face $36.4 billion in capital needs over the next 10 years.
Metra Seeking Annual Fare Hikes Over Next Decade, Including Nearly 11 Percent Next YearChicago-area commuters have never seen anything like it. Metra has proposed fare increases averaging 10.8 percent, starting in February, with the guarantee of additional increases every year through 2024.
CTA: Effort To Speed Up Buses Delayed By Slow RTA FundingThe CTA hopes to attract more riders by speeding up its buses, and giving buses green light priority over other vehicles is a key part of that strategy, but it says it is encountering problems obtaining federal grant money that's been in the hands of the Regional Transportation Authority since 2012.
Dillard Steps Down From Illinois Senate To Chair RTARepublican state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who made two attempts at Illinois governor, officially resigned from the Legislature after more than two decades in office to become chairman of the Chicago-area's Regional Transportation Authority, Senate Republican officials announced Monday.
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.