Today’s Headlines

  • Citizens Vent About Ventra at CTA Budget Hearing (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • A Sarcastic Guide to the Benefits of Ventra (HuffPo)
  • Active Trans Leads Study to Improve the Illinois Prairie Path
  • Man dies in Rollover Crash on Dan Ryan at 87th (Tribune)
  • Charges Filed Against Trucker Who Fell Asleep at Wheel, Killing Trooper (Tribune)
  • Vet Stops Woman’s Suicide Attempt at Argyle Station (CBS)
  • Local Responses to “Is It OK to Kill Cyclists?” (Steven Can Plan, Tiny Fix)
  • Can Handlebar Cams Save the Day in Bike Crash Cases? (Crain’s)
  • Parking Ticket Geek Provides Tips on Fighting Fines (DNA)
  • Former ‘L’ Racing Champ Adham Fisher Wants to Set Record on Boston’s T (Boston)
  • CTA Using Social Media to Track Down Woman Who Left Alligator at O’Hare (Tribune)
  • Yep, Somebody Recorded a (Slightly NSFW) Ventra Rap Song (RedEye)

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You Might Already Be Ready to Use Ventra

Ventra, you may have heard, is the new fare payment system for Chicago Transit Authority and Pace. (Metra will not be joining the Ventra system, and is currently testing other fare payment methods.) CTA is switching to Ventra to save $5 million per year on maintaining outdated fare collection technology, according to spokesperson Lambrini Lukidis. […]

Today’s Headlines for Monday, October 17

$15M Belmont Blue Upgrade Will Include Permanent Prepaid Boarding (Curbed) Metra Proposes 5.8% Fare Hike to Take Effect February 1 (DNA) CTA Gets $400K Grant to Incorporate Divvy Info, Payment Into Ventra App (FTA) Ventra App Has Been Downloaded 1 Million Times (Tribune) Tribune Looks at the Transportation Lockbox Amendment Four ‘L’ Stations Will Receive Artwork […]

Today’s Headlines

Internal CTA Study: Low-Income Ventra Users Less Likely to Register Cards (Tribune) Ousted Metra CEO Agrees to Talk With RTA Board About Memo (Tribune, Sun-Times) CDOT to Install $786K in New Speed Bumps (Sun-Times) Divvy Expansion Starts This Week; Lincoln Square to Get Several Stations (Patch) Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Bedford Park Hit-and-Run […]

Metra Says It Already Welcomes Ventra (No, Not Really)

Even though Metra never plans to accept Ventra transit cards for payment aboard its trains, the commuter railroad now claims that it has accepted Ventra all along – and thus already fulfilled a state mandate to adopt Ventra by 2015. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis told Streetsblog that “we can already accept” Ventra cards, but only in the […]

Today’s Headlines

U.S. DOT Recommends Ashland BRT, Red & Purple Rehab for Federal Funding (Tribune) TOD Ordinance Called “Stupid” at Meeting on Low-Parking Building by Sheridan Stop (DNA) Western Closed This Weekend for Bloomingdale Bridge Transplant (The 606, DNA) Rough Winter for Amtrak (Tribune) No Charges for Driver Who Killed Female Pedestrian in Aurora (Tribune) Rahm: Contractors […]