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Task force reviews 2 plans for Chicago transit overhaul

One proposal would consolidate the CTA, Metra and Pace into a unified entity. The other plan would place the transit boards under the direction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, which would essentially give the governor control of the transit system.

Chicago transit’s Ventra now available to all riders

The CTA and Pace first introduced Ventra last month to select customers, including Chicago Public School students, U-Pass users and Chicago Card Plus customers. Ventra will replace all CTA and Pace existing fare media by Dec. 15, 2013.

Chicago transit’s Ventra rollout hit with glitches

Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) student Ventra fare cards are displaying $0 balances after money was loaded onto the cards online. The agency is fixing glitches as they hear about them. Ventra is scheduled to replace the current CTA and Pace fare-collection systems by 2014.

MV to service Chicago dial-a-ride

The contractor will operate the Village of Schaumburg’s Dial-A-Ride Transportation service beginning June 1, 2013. Will implement new technologies to improve service, including vehicle monitoring system DriveCam and the Trapeze scheduling system.

MCI delivers to Ill., Pa., Texas

Chicago’s Pace Suburban Bus ordered 13 Commuter Coaches, with an option for 37 more. Meanwhile, York County, Penn.’s rabbittransit took delivery of three new MCI Commuter Coaches, and Beaumont, Texas’ Sun Travel Trailways received its very first MCI J4500.

CTA re-ups with Titan for ads

Extended agreement by an additional five years. Titan will install approximately 100 new digital screens in the Chicago loop, replacing the static urban panels located at subway entrances and exits. This new addition to the agency's digital network will create unprecedented digital media access to the core downtown Chicago area.

Chicago area dial-a-ride service expands

Pace Suburban Bus and Lake County now provide a greater variety of destinations and times in Wauconda and Fremont townships as part of the Northwest Demonstration Project.