RTA Sues American Airlines For Dodging TaxesThe agency that oversees public transportation in Chicago is suing American Airlines for falsely claiming to buy "vast amounts of jet fuel" from a small office in a rural community to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes in the nation's third-largest city, where the actual work is done.
Metra Seeks More Spare Train Cars, Better E-AlertsMetra soon hopes to give you E-alerts about trains at specific times, not just for specific lines.
CTA Union: Ventra System Allowing Commuters To Ride For FreeA union official on Thursday showed reporters a photograph of a Ventra card that worked –- despite having a negative balance of $272.50.
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.
RTA Board Slams Metra Board's Severance Deal For Former CEORegional Transportation Authority board member William Coulson said former Metra chair Brad O'Halloran and director Larry Huggins sparked a clash with former CEO Alex Clifford over political hires at the agency.
Quinn Taps Fitzgerald, Former CTA Chair For Transit Reform PanelGov. Pat Quinn has appointed former U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and former CTA Board chair Carole Brown to a panel tasked with recommending reforms for the Chicago area's public transit agencies, in the wake of patronage allegations at Metra.
BGA: Overhaul Transit Boards To Change 'Culture Of Corruption'A government watchdog group said Wednesday that the resignations of two Regional Transportation Authority board members this week pointed to larger, troubling issues for the Chicago area’s transit agencies.
Lawmaker Seeks 'Wholesale Change' At Metra After Latest ScandalA state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.
Bill Daley Wants To Eliminate RTADemocratic 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.
Metra Wants Former Federal Prosecutor To Probe Clifford's Patronage ClaimsMetra has asked former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to conduct an independent investigation of former CEO Alex Clifford’s patronage hiring allegations.
Former Metra CEO Calls Madigan's Requests 'Moral Character Flaw'Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford said Wednesday he does not believe House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws by requesting a pay raise for a political supporter, but believes it was “an ethical and moral character flaw.”
Ex-Metra CEO To Testify About Madigan Patronage ClaimEx-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.
Head Of Metra Board Defends Severance Deal For Former CEOMetra 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.
BGA Questions $750K 'Golden Parachute' For Former Metra BossA 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.