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Metra looking into changes to proposed Metra Electric schedule

Metra looking into changes to proposed Metra Electric schedule

March 4, 2020

Electric will have to change its train schedule to accommodate the federally-mandated installation of Positive Train Control, or PTC. But Metra has already received complaints from some riders caus...

Ticket booths at Union Station on Feb. 10.

Metra increases fares to fund capital projects

February 13, 2017

Facing ongoing financial constraints, Metra has raised fare prices for the third year in a row. Effective Feb. 1, customers will pay 25 cents more for a one-way ticket, $2.75 more for a 10-Ride ticket and $11....


‘LOVE IS LOVE’: Powerful Graphic novel supports Pulse victims

February 13, 2017

“So their love is different. It has to be, to fight so much hate. It’s super love,” says a small boy depicted outside the Orlando nightclub Pulse, honoring its victims.“Yeah,” his dad replies, in...

Housing Forward to host mysterious fundraising event

Housing Forward to host mysterious fundraising event

By Kendrah Villiesse

October 17, 2016

A '20s-themed dinner event filled with flapper dresses and pinstriped suits will help celebrate Housing Forward's 25th anniversary and raise money for the social service organization."Mystery & Mayhe...

Metra will increase its fares by 2 percent starting in February 2016, which is less than the original 5 percent raise proposed for the 2016 budget.

Metra train fare increase 2 percent

October 26, 2015

Metra announced at an Oct. 15 board meeting that its fares would increase by 2 percent in February—significantly less than the previously proposed 5 percent hike by the company.The agency cut costs else...

The college should look to current students in seeking new ones

By Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2015

As my senior year at Columbia gets underway, it’s hard to believe it has already been four years since I wrote my essay and submitted my application to enroll at the college.Entirely uninterested in attending a state school, I had trouble, as high school came to a close, finding a college that seemed like it might be the right fit for me. What appealed to me most about Columbia—and what I still love today—was the coll...

Sixth Annual Zine Fest gives voice to independent publishers

The Sixth Annual Chicago Zine Fest will celebrate zines from across the country in a two-day event on May 8–9.

By Arts & Culture Reporter

May 4, 2015

Following the recent festivities brought to Chicago by C2E2 and the NFL Draft, the Sixth Annual Chicago Zine Fest will come to the city May 8–9.The annual event celebrates independent zines produced th...

Ventra is launching a smartphone app this summer that will allow Metra, PACE and CTA riders to buy and display tickets and add value to transit cards on their phones. The app is currently in beta testing and feedback is being collected from more than 1,000 people. 

New Ventra app set for release by the beginning of summer

April 27, 2015

Metra, PACE and CTA riders in Chicago will soon be able to purchase tickets and reload Ventra cards through their smartphones.The app, which will debut as early as May or as late as June, includes a mob...

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts of more than $105 million could impact CTA rehabs and fixes at multiple locations throughout the city, according to press release from the Regional Transportation Authority.

Proposed budget cuts will severely affect CTA

April 2, 2015

BUDGET CUTS TO Chicago Transit Authority finances of more than $130 million proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner may further stifle CTA construction, take away CTA station improvements, inconvenience riders even...

Students who participate in the ArtShop program are currently displaying their work at the “Collective Possibilities” exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., until April 19.

Graduate students mentor teen artists

March 16, 2015

Through a partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., graduate students in the Photography Department are serving as mentors for ArtShop, one of the center’s arts education enrichm...

Metra plans to launch an app early this summer to make ticket payment easier, by allowing riders to purchase tickets on smartphones and other devices, as well as add transit value to Ventra accounts, according to a Jan. 23 Metra press release. Metra is test-running the app before its release to catch any technical glitches.

Metra goes mobile with app payment method

March 2, 2015

Metra is scheduled to release a mobile ticket-purchasing system early this summer, allowing riders to pay from their smartphones and other mobile devices. To promote the upcoming app, Metra is increa...

Rena Church, of Aurora, Illinois, started a petition last summer, which proposed a plan to allow small pets on board the Metra, which ended up gaining 4,471 signatures. 

Petition may allow pets on board Metra

February 2, 2015

After a petition uploaded to, Metra is considering allowing train passengers to travel with small animals.Metra will be conducting a three-month trial period on the Rock Island Line between the LaSalle Street...

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