November 14, 2013
Can be loaded with pre-tax deductions from customers’ paychecks to purchase transit fares. By using pre-tax dollars, riders save as much as 40% off their commuting costs each year.
The $1.38 billion budget includes efficiency reforms and 1,000 new customer-facing jobs. This is the third consecutive budget that preserves capital investment in the transit system without diverting capital funds to balance the operating budget, a past practice that stunted critical infrastructure projects.
October 29, 2013
Will offer several service enhancements including an expanded Interactive Voice Response System scheduled for launch in July 2014, which will provide trip-planning information about riding the CTA, Metra and Pace, 24 hours a day.
Moody’s Investors Service cut the Aa3 rating on $2.9 billion of the agency's sales tax revenue bonds one notch to A1, citing diminished political will to raise revenue amid growing capital needs. The transit agency countered that it has no plans to seek additional funding, and that sales tax, fare and other revenue is increasing.
October 17, 2013
A consultant recommended that a New York City-like transit structure should replace the RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace boards with one board driven by a “regional” focus rather than parochial concerns.
October 4, 2013
Seeking wireless telecommunications companies to upgrade the existing wireless network. The existing infrastructure dates back to 2005 and has limited data-support capabilities.
October 1, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the featured speaker at APTA’s 2013 Annual Meeting Opening General Session on Monday.
September 30, 2013
Video footage shows there was no driver present in an empty commuter train that hit another train at a station on Monday morning. Investigators are trying to determine whether the four-car train started moving by itself or if someone put it in motion, either accidentally or intentionally.
An outbound Blue Line Chicago Transit Authority train collided with an out-of-service train headed in the opposite direction early Monday morning. Police are investigating whether the train was hijacked because it had only four cars, which is atypical for a rush hour commute.
September 24, 2013
Used a company that works for the transit agency for a discounted price and falsified the invoice. An executive inspector general decision found that the 25-year CTA veteran who was promoted after the incident, engaged in five counts of misconduct in violation of CTA ethics rules.
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