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Federal funding speeds up transit line project

Federal funding speeds up transit line project

By Jacqueline Murray

January 23, 2017

Plans for renovating the Red and Purple Line stations north of the Belmont stop have been in the works since April 2015, but a proposed $1 billion to come from federal funding will now help to put the...

Residents, commuters talk Red Line extension

Residents, commuters talk Red Line extension

November 7, 2016

South Side residents have expressed concerns about how the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line expansion will affect their homes and businesses, as the multi-billion-dollar project extends the line ...

Popular Viners move beyond 6 seconds

DirecTV says it wants Taylor Swift 'NOW'

By Zoë Eitel

September 26, 2016

Known for their six-second videos of varying hilarity, Viners Brandon Calvillo and Jason Nash have teamed up to make a straight-to-iTunes movie about, you guessed it, Vine.The movie, titled "FML," will ...

Students protested Illinois’ unfulfilled promise of distributing Monetary Award Program grants outside the Thompson Center Feb. 16.

Higher-ups should reconsider decision not to fund MAP grants

April 4, 2016

Columbia has now joined many other colleges statewide in facing increased struggles—or a complete inability—to provide students with the state-funded grant aid they rely on to attend college, such as...

Transit Future plans to expand Rail Lines

By METRO REPORTER

November 30, 2015

The drive to gain support for a host of transportation projects that include a CTA Lime Line linking the Blue Line’s O’Hare Airport station to the Orange Line’s Midway Airport stop has attracted at least 2,500 signatures on a petition, but still has significant financial and political hurdles to overcome, according to the two advocacy groups that are its primary sponsors.In April 2014, the Center for Neighborhood Tec...

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 Chicago Transit Authority has plans to restructure the Red and Purple lines in the near future in response to an increased number of riders during rush hour. 

CTA Red and Purple lines may start reconstruction by 2017

May 11, 2015

The northern section of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red and Purple lines may see major reconstruction in the near future. The CTA has proposed a plan to make improvements to the old Red and Purple line...

City expands pilot domestic violence prevention program

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS

By Sarah Martinson

March 16, 2015

The mayor’s office announced Feb. 26 Chicago would expand its domestic violence prevention pilot program beyond the 14th Police District to the 3rd Police District. The program was created to provide...

Major wireless providers T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will soon provide 4G wireless coverage to Red and Blue Line stations as part of a $32.5 million deal.

Wireless companies front bill for 4G upgrade

February 9, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a Jan. 30 press release an unprecedented deal between four major wireless competitors—T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint—and the City of Chicago to fund a $32.5...

The Wilson Red Line stop in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood will be under construction this year, a $203 million project set to be completed this spring, said CTA spokeswoman Ibis Antongiorgi. She said the platform will be renovated to serve as a new transfer point between the Red and Purple lines.

Track, tech CTA upgrades in 2015

January 26, 2015

To improve daily commutes for Chi- cago residents, the Chicago Transit Authority is continuing a multiyear project geared toward addressing the problems many Chicagoans and commuting students often f...

Red Line getting new comical advertisements

By Mick Swasko MCT Newswire

September 15, 2014

Riders on the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line are one step closer to seeing advertisements that feature pictures of goats and facts about squirrels. The Chicago Transit Project—the brainchild of Chicago comedian Ben Larrison—received full funding on his Kickstarter campaign that began on Sept. 5 and closed at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. The project aims to place roughly 100 quirky advertisements on Red Line trains with such z...

Transit Transitioning: City Envisions Future Public Transit System

By Metro Editor

May 12, 2014

For some far South Side residents, a trip downtown is a rare event that must be planned well in advance. Their plight highlights one of Chicago’s most prevalent social concerns: the accessibility of public transportation.Most South Side residents must take several buses before they can reach the nearest El station. Because access to public transportation is so limited, most people do not venture far from their neighborhoods,...

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