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Metra orders battery-powered trains, gets funding for new bilevel passenger cars

As Metra's board authorized the purchase of eight battery-powered Stadler train sets, the USDOT announced the railroad will get $100M to purchase 50 bi-level rail cars.

February 22, 2024

DeKalb’s bus ridership to Metra’s Elburn station is booming. Could the UP-W Line be expanded to NIU?

The shuttle's success shows lower fares and more frequent service can grow ridership in the post-pandemic era.

February 17, 2024

City seeking input for equitable transit-oriented development plan on 95th Street

The city is working with Far South Side organizations and stakeholders to make sure the project benefits disinvested communities.

February 8, 2024

First day of new Metra fares sees long lines at downtown terminal ticket machines

While Metra's new fare system and ticket machines have some predictable learning curves, hopefully more customers will soon get accustomed to to using them.

February 3, 2024

Streetsblog gets a sneak peek at Pace’s west suburban Pulse Cermak Arterial Bus Rapid Transit corridor

Pace Suburban Bus is working with a group of western suburbs along or near Cermak Road to refine the details, and we got a look at those plans.

January 26, 2024

No dice! Transportation advocates push back against plans for widening Chicago Avenue at future Bally’s Casino site

ATA and other advocates criticized plans to improve bus and bike access as half-measures, while saying a wider Chicago Avenue bridge would induce driving without helping sustainable modes.

January 24, 2024

Pace debuts its first-ever fully electric bus

Pace Suburban Bus' very first fully electric bus debuted on its South Side / Southwest suburban Route 381 last Friday.

January 24, 2024

Metra closed BSNF Line ticket windows today, remaining ticket windows will shut down on February 1

A Metra spokesperson said there were several factors that made them decide to make the ticket counters go the way of the dodo bird.

January 8, 2024

Not so Swift: Yellow Line restoration drags on after crash, as confusion reigns over shuttle bus service

Yellow ‘L’ line service remains suspended three weeks after a November 16 collision with a snowplow, and the shuttle service is unpredictable.

December 7, 2023

At board meeting 2024 operations budget approved, Carter promises service restoration, CTA expands contact for outreach to unhoused riders

Carter said he believes bus and train operator recruitment will be so successful the CTA will restore service “almost” to pre-pandemic levels sometime next year.

November 21, 2023