December 14, 2009, 1pm PST
In Chicago, plans to make passenger and commuter trains faster are limited by the freight trains that share the tracks. The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) is working to improve that relationship.
November 3, 2009, 7am PST
A recent study of health insurance costs finds that people who live in suburban areas outside of Chicago pay less for health insurance than those who live in the urban core.
October 6, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Chicago Sun-Times look at the transportation future of the Chicago area and sees a return to a time when trains were the main mode of transportation and people walked and bicycled more.
September 1, 2009, 7am PDT
As the new school year starts, Chicago Public Schools yellow buses will be upgrading to new technologies including GPS, mobile data terminals (MDT), and adding hybrid buses.
August 20, 2009, 2pm PDT
Earlier this year, The City of Chicago handed over control of their parking meter enforcement to a private company. A watchdog group is suing, saying the city didn't have a right to lease the public's streets.
August 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Where are all the trains? Chicago suburbs worried about an expected increase in freight trains due to the CN purchase of a rail spur through their backyard, but that worry has not materialized after the acquisition.
June 22, 2009, 10am PDT
Cities produce more CO2 per acre, but much less per person than other types of living, according to a new study by The Center for Neighborhood Technology.
May 1, 2009, 9am PDT
More Chicago area residents are riding transit when compared to figures form 2003, and they're riding more often.
December 10, 2008, 10am PST
The Chicago Transit Authority is cracking down on 'continuous riders', people who sleep or hang out in the subway through the winter nights to keep warm. Advocates worry the crackdown will hurt the homeless.
October 17, 2008, 11am PDT
What do you get when you designate a carpool lane on a toll road for hybrids and carpoolers? A 'green' lane, say Illinois planners. However, they still pay the toll. Now add a "HOT lane overlay" to it - solo drivers can use it for a 'premium'.
June 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Transit officials in Chicago are calling on the city to rebuild its historic streetcar system. Rails still exist on many streets, but city officials are leaning away from streetcars and towards bus rapid transit.</p>
February 8, 2008, 10am PST
<p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is looking to make his city's streets safer for cyclists by raising fines for reckless drivers who endanger bikers.</p>
November 11, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Chicago struggles to overcome its battle with "food deserts" -- areas in the city with little or now access to groceries.</p>
June 6, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Chicago officials are renewing an ordinance to discourage cyclists from riding on some of the city's sidewalks, while bike advocates argue the city isn't doing enough to make the streets safe for both pedestrians and bike riders.</p>
September 11, 2006, 8am PDT
A new exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art highlights several new building plans likely to advance the city's vision to become the "greenest city in America."
June 2, 2006, 10am PDT
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Ralph Martire says that the project warrants careful analysis before the state decides to sell-off a profit-making asset to reduce deficit.
May 17, 2006, 2pm PDT
Proposed 20-story tower could be first new high-rise in three decades for Chicago's South Side area.
April 4, 2006, 11am PDT
According to a recent poll, the vast majority of Americans believe global warming exists, and are prepared to take action.
October 6, 2005, 5am PDT
Can the United States expect a future filled with disasters on the order of Katrinas and Ritas? 'Are we prepared to lose a major city every year?'
August 31, 2005, 9am PDT
A look at some of Chicago's plans for building the future.