Topic : Chicago Transit Authority

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FTA launches voluntary examination of Chicago rail, bus operations

Bus| November 26, 2014

The purpose of the examination is to help CTA assess the strengths and weaknesses of the safety of operations and identify areas where the agency can further reduce risks and make other safety improvements.

Chicago targeting abuse of free, reduced fare cards

Bus| November 18, 2014
Regulations for free and reduced-fare programs — which include seniors, persons with disabilities, U-Pass, student fares and other categories — stipulate that those cards can only be used by the individual identified on the card and can’t be transferred.
Accessibility| November 14, 2014

Chicago rider creates wheelchair user app

The “Roll with Me” app, at rollwithmeapp.com, allows users to enter their current location, destination and the time they would like to leave. The app shows wheelchair-friendly routes and a list of CTA alerts such as rail station elevators that are out of service for repairs.
Bus| October 30, 2014

Chicago unveils 2 New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses

While CTA’s electric buses are the first New Flyer XE40 heavy-duty transit buses to enter into regular transit service, an earlier prototype bus has undergone all-weather service testing in Winnipeg, Canada and has been operating in shuttle service since March 2014.
Management & Operations| October 28, 2014

Chicago transit, police unveil counterterrorism program

Through the new federally-funded initiative, teams of officers will be deployed to high-traffic CTA rail stations several times a week to conduct quick, randomized tests of bags to detect possible explosive materials — similar to efforts undertaken during large events in the city.

Management & Operations| August 14, 2014

Chicago Transit adds more rail station concessions

In the past three years, the CTA has added 52 new retail concession spaces. The agreements are part of CTA’s continued effort to improve customer convenience and amenities while generating long-term revenue for the transit agency.

Rail| August 13, 2014

Chicago Transit to renovate 3 Blue Line stations

The $33 million station improvement plan for California, Western and Damen will provide customers a safer, more comfortable transit experience, and are part of the ongoing modernization of CTA train and bus service across the city.
Rail| August 5, 2014

Chicago Transit: Crime down 34% compared to 2013

Since May 2011, the CTA has taken a number of steps to improve efforts in tackling crime on the bus and rail systems, including expanding police patrols and rail saturation missions on the CTA system and increasing undercover operations targeting pick-pocket theft rings and other crimes.
Government Issues| July 30, 2014

Chicago to restart railcar procurement with job-creating approach

Chicago Transit Authority's new solicitation for bids will ask manufacturing companies to disclose plans to create American jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged American workers, and evaluates the quality of their responses with a system of price credits.
Bus| June 24, 2014

Downtown Chicago BRT pushed back until 2015

According to transportation officials, it's taking "longer than expected to complete the design" of the project and consult with building owners and stakeholders.

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