Today’s Headlines

  • Gates Announces He Will Step Down as Head of RTA (Tribune)
  • Riders Provide Feedback on Wilson Station Rehab Plans (RedEye)
  • Harsher Penalty Leads to Drop in Red Light Violations by CTA Bus Drivers (NBC)
  • Warrant Issued for Limo Driver Accused of Driving Kids to Prom While Drunk (Tribune)
  • Driver Doored Divvy Rider in Clinton Bike Lane (Keating)
  • Johnny Sprockets Moving From Edgewater Beach to A-Ville (DNA)
  • A Graveyard for Old Fare Cards at the 95th Red Line Stop (RedEye)
  • Snow-Covered Cars Are More Likely to Get Ticketed (Expired Meter)

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  • In RTA’s press release about Board Chairman John Gates it says his efforts to reform the RTA resulted in “A first-ever, exhaustive assessment of the condition of all transit assets and equipment. With this database, the RTA can now deliver capital improvement funds in a more efficient and effective manner.”

    If the press release is talking about Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics, or RTAMS, I couldn’t be more thankful of Gates. RTAMS is the tool I frequently use to understand ridership, service quality, parking capacity at Metra stations, even the last time a station has been renovated. It’s the media relations staffer’s best friend because it drastically reduces the number of questions they’ll get asked.

    RTAMS is available without a user account: http://www.rtams.org/rtams/home.jsp