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CTA to Provide Free Train and Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve to encourage people heading out to celebrate the New Year to take transit and avoid driving. CTA will offer free rides on all buses and trains beginning 10 p.m. Sunday, December 31 until 4 a.m. Monday, January 1. MillerCoors’ Miller Lite is […]

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CTA bus detour routes during Sunday’s Chicago Pride Parade

The Chicago Transit Authority offers convenient and affordable service for those attending the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade, which will begin at noon Sunday, June 29. The parade will start at Montrose/Broadway and wind its way south via Broadway, Halsted, Belmont, Broadway, Diversey and end at Diversey/Sheridan –providing spectators with easy access to the festivities from […]

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CTA riders frustrated with new fare system transition

Just two days after the Oct. 7 target date to cease sales of the old magnetic stripe cards, the CTA rolled back that deadline and extended sales and reloads of the cards until November 15. In addition, Chicago Card and Card Plus holders will still be able to add value to their cards. The CTA […]

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CTA Faces Questions About New Fare Card Debit Payment System

Riders and lawmakers are questioning a new debit card the Chicago Transit Authority wants people to start using as early as this summer. The Illinois House Mass Transit Committee called a public hearing on Monday April 1 to question CTA officials about the card’s additional convenience fees. In efforts to update its aging payment system, […]

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Ex-Offenders Will Receive Job Training from CTA

Apprenticeship program will hire up to 263 ex-offenders, provide skill training The Chicago Transit Authority says it will offer apprenticeships for up to 265 ex-offenders. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool said ex-offenders will soon be given an opportunity to work for CTA. They launched the start of a new CTA apprenticeship program […]

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CTA Announces Red Line Reconstruction Plans

The Chicago Transit Authority announced plans for the reconstruction of the Red Line south stations on Thursday, Feb. 21. On May 19, CTA will begin the renovation shutting down the 10 mile Red Line track between Cermak/Chinatown and the 95th Street terminal. “The red line eventually instead of running Howard to 95th will run Howard […]

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CTA Announces Red Line Reconstruction Plans

The Chicago Transit Authority announced plans for the reconstruction of the Red Line south stations on Thursday, Feb. 21. On May 19, CTA will begin the renovation shutting down the 10 mile Red Line track between Cermak/Chinatown and the 95th Street terminal. “The red line eventually instead of running Howard to 95th will run Howard […]

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New Laws, Rate Hikes for Residents in 2013

Photo by Chris Wilson via flickr Over 150 new laws took effect in the New Year, including a law that bans Illinois employers from seeking social media passwords and one that increases penalties for using another person’s disability plate. The laws range from bans, tougher penalties and additional protections. The New Year also increased parking […]

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CTA Red Line To Shut Down for 5 Months in South Side, Residents Raise Concerns in Third Public Meeting

Commuters living near the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station gathered at the National Teachers Academy on Saturday, July 14, as part of a series of meetings organized by the CTA to collect public input on a plan that would shut down the South Red Line track for five months. “Tourism is a big thing for the Chinatown […]

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Ride the CTA Holiday Train

If you’re a regular CTA train commuter, then you’ve probably seen the decked out holiday trains making their way around the city. Traveling on the Red, Purple, Brown, Yellow, Orange and Pink lines, Santa and his elves ride the Holiday Train, adorned with twinkling lights both outside and inside the train cars, passing out candy […]