Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Provides a Performance Update on Ventra (Sun-Times, RedEye, NBC)
  • Cubic Claims Ventra Will Be Running Smoothly by End of Year (Tribune)
  • 47th Ward Doing “Block Audit” Survey As Part of Participatory Budget Process (DNA)
  • Motorist Killed in Metra Crash after Driving Around Crossing Gates (Tribune, NBC)
  • Driver Finally Charged in 2012 Death of Cicero Pedestrian (Tribune)
  • Girl Maces CTA Driver Over Fare Dispute (NBC)
  • Urban Flooding Increases Transportation Costs (CNT)
  • Transit Union Member Poll Shows 93 Percent Disapproval of Emanuel (NBC)
  • How Will It Impact a Bike Crash Claim if the Driver Isn’t Ticketed? (Kevenides)

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