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Igor Studenkov

How can we avoid fiscal derailment? Transit agencies, chambers of commerce take opposite sides on the consolidation debate

RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace chiefs said they need more funding but are opposed to unification. The chamber leaders said the agencies shouldn't get one without the other.

July 10, 2024

The CTA has a four-pronged plan for rebuilding ridership

Chief Innovation Officer Molly Poppe said the agency intends to grow off-peak ridership; expand existing service; improve customer service; and increase advertising.

July 5, 2024

At Transport Chicago, experts discussed creative ideas to save the region’s transit system from looming fiscal cliff

One particularly intriguing idea is congestion pricing. While that strategy is on hold in NYC, one of the panelists thinks it would work here.

June 19, 2024

At Metra meeting, riders call for through services, better service coordination

Attendees were asked about their interest in taking Metra to O’Hare International Airport, Midway Airport and the Fulton Market District.

June 4, 2024

CTA let public weigh in on RPM under the ‘L’ plans for Edgewater and Uptown

The transit agency held public meetings in Uptown and Edgewater, showcasing plans for natural areas, workout spots, plazas, and a skate park.

As Metra seeks input on long-term service improvements, the long-awaited Peterson/Ridge station opens

The railroad recently launched a survey to get a better sense of how riders use the system post-pandemic.

May 22, 2024

Northern delights: Amtrak’s new Borealis Chicago – Twin Cities service launches May 21

The Borealis will offer earlier arrival to Minneapolis-St. Paul, later departure.

May 14, 2024

Since COVID, Pace ridership has fared better on major corridors and in north, northwest suburbs than in south, west ‘burbs

The suburban bus system's top five busiest routes largely maintained their ridership rankings.

May 7, 2024

Johnson appoints one West Side pastor to CTA board, then nominates another West Side pastor for RTA board

Supporters argue that, despite his lack of transit expertise, Ira Acree’s social justice experience and political connections could be an asset for the RTA board.

April 26, 2024