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Chicago Transit Releases 2024 Budget

The agency projects modest ridership growth while aiming to make long-term investments in bus and rail improvements.

October 24, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

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Friday Funny: Chicago Transit Has Imposter Syndrome

The Onion posits that the CTA’s failures stem from a debilitating fear of having riders rely on them.

April 7, 2023 - The Onion


Chicago to Pilot All-Door Bus Boarding

Chicago is late to the game on all-door bus boarding, but that will change this summer.

February 25, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

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Advocating for Reduced Transit Fairs for Low-Income Riders in Chicago

A new report by the Active Transportation Alliance builds the case for reduced transit fares on all three transit systems in the Chicago region.

November 19, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

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What's Hindering Regional Transportation in the U.S.?

Public transportation that serves regional areas makes sense, but the United States has been slow to pursue strategies and policies that foster these types of systems.

September 29, 2019 - the transport politic

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Work Ready to Begin on $2.1 Billion Red and Purple Line Modernization in Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority's largest-ever construction project, also one of its most controversial projects, will begin construction soon.

September 8, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

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Editorial: Cheaper Metra on the South Side Would Ease Chicago's Transit Inequities

The Red Line extension to 130th is still unfunded and a universal Chicago fare card hasn’t materialized, but in the immediate term, the Metra can run more trains and charge lower fares to help get the South Side moving.

August 12, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

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Chicago's Metra Will Build a 95th Street Station

Metra’s Electric line is one of the few places where Chicago’s commuter rail owns the tracks. Transit advocates have lobbied for years for the service to be run more like traditional public transit.

August 9, 2019 - Curbed Chicago

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Trade War With China Impacts Transit Investments in Chicago

A 25 percent tariff on steel imports could eventually be passed to transit riders in the form of higher fares.

July 16, 2019 - The Chicago Tribune

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Op-Ed: Metra Expansion May Encourage Sprawl

The $45 billion transportation bill approved by the Illinois Legislature ended up including more public transit funding than it originally offered, but a Kendall County Metra project raises questions.

June 20, 2019 - Streetsblog Chicago

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The Many Nicknames for Chicago's Elevated Railway

The el/El/L debate has never been resolved, but the CTA says its usage is the correct one.

June 1, 2019 - Chicago Magazine

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Bus/Bike Lanes Find Support in Chicago

A temporary bus/bike lane experiment could lead to permanent additions around the city.

April 11, 2019 - The Chicago Tribune

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Chicago's Pace Wants to Put More Buses on the Highway

In a city where bus ridership has been declining for years, Pace has found success on the expressway.

January 18, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

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$43 Million Renovation Complete on Historic Chicago Transit Station

The CTA hopes the renovated Garfield Green Line station, originally built for the World's Columbian Exposition, will become a gateway for the Washington Park community.

January 11, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Gets Federal Money for TOD Planning Efforts to Accompany Red Line Extension

The long-discussed 130th Street Red Line stop gets federal money for planning transit-oriented development to accompany the proposed new station.

December 26, 2018 - Streetsblog

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Construction Contracts Awarded for Chicago Transit Authority's Largest Project Ever

A flyover to clear a bottleneck of trains serving the Red, Brown, and Purple lines is a key component of the massive modernization project planned by the Chicago Transit Authority.

December 13, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

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Fans of Transit and/or Chicago: We Have a Card Game for You

The card game LOOP was made by people who obviously put in some serious time hanging from straps on the L.

December 8, 2018 - CityLab


No Fare Hikes for Chicago in 2019 Budget

The Chicago Transit Agency 2019 includes a flyover at the Belmont train station, rehabs for two Blue Line stops, and Red and Purple Line modernizations, among other things.

October 27, 2018 - Streetsblog

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Chicago Creates Incentives for Transit Oriented Developments Along Bus Routes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will expand its program to incentivize transit oriented development by including land around the 79th Street and Chicago Avenue bus routes.

October 26, 2018 - Curbed Chicago

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Chicago Could Get More From New Damen El Stop

Steven Vance argues that the city is missing an opportunity to zone for and create housing in and around the new Damen Green Line stop.

August 18, 2018 - Streetsblog Chicago

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