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Coverage of the CTA and Chicago-area transportation issues, from Metra to the Chicago L to rush-hour updates.

RTA chairman on agency’s piece of pie from Pritzker’s capital plan: It’s great, but not enough

Umbrella agency for the CTA, Metra and Pace to lobby for more state money before capital plan is finalized.

Harrison Street bridge to close Tuesday for repairs, maintenance

The bridge will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Share the wealth: Group says booming downtown can help the neighborhoods

The Chicago Central Area Committee hopes to focus discussions on ideas it believes will radiate downtown’s dynamism into underserved areas.

Green Line trains stopping at Cicero again after fight on the platform

Green Line trains bypassed the West Side station for about an hour Saturday morning

Pay a little extra to ride Uber in ‘Quiet Mode’

The setting is offered only for premium Uber rides.

EDITORIAL: Set a speed limit on the Lakefront Trail so we can shout ‘Slow down!’

A limit of 20 miles an hour would, at the very least, make speedy cyclists more safety conscious.

Minivan crashes into Evanston McDonald’s

Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash, Evanston police said.

Lightfoot outlines ambitious agenda for her first 100 days at City Hall

City finances top the mayor-elect’s list — and not simply because she must introduce her first city budget just over four months after taking office.

Dearborn Street Bridge to close Thursday for repairs

Crews will work on the bridge ahead of the weekend boat run, IDOT said.

Lightfoot still hopes to alter much-maligned parking meter deal

Lightfoot said it’s time to try again now that private investors have recouped their $1.16 billion investment — with 65 years left on a 75-year lease.

Metra train hits, kills pedestrian in New Lenox

Inbound train No. 506 hit the person about 8:30 a.m. near Church Street in New Lenox, according to Metra spokesman Tom Miller.

Semi rolls over on I-94/80 in NW Indiana, 3 lanes closed

Long delays and closures are expected, and Indiana State Police are encouraging drivers to seek alternate routes.

After troopers killed, Pritzker pushes bills to protect ‘our heroes’ on roadway

A question about Scott's Law would also be included in a written question on the driver's license test, should the legislation pass.

EDITORIAL: Before one more bridge crumbles, Illinois better budget for repairs

Before the Legislature adjourns in the coming weeks, it needs to deliver a bill that starts fixing up Illinois.

The Rahmwalk? Emanuel strengthens case to have Riverwalk named after him

The final revamped section of the Riverwalk will have nine new vendors, 10,000 square feet of recreational spaces and public seating for 500.

The end of Lincoln Towing? Hated Chicago company rebrands during license fight

The name made famous in the song "Lincoln Park Pirates" has been replaced on the company's sign at its headquarters with "Protective Parking Service."

Ramp closures on I-190 at Mannheim Road to start Monday

Milling and resurfacing work will close the ramps intermittently until the middle of June, IDOT said.

Part of New York Street in Aurora to close for sewer work

Starting Monday, New York Street will be closed between Wilder Street and Grand Avenue for a few weeks, city officials said.

Red Line service resumes after person hit by train and killed at Bryn Mawr stop

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman confirmed that a person was hit by a train and said that recovery efforts are underway.

No speed limit for revamped lakefront path, city says

After months of debate, the park district couldn't come up with a speed limit and said it was unenforceable anyway. Pedestrian advocates disagree.

Eisenhower lane closures expected this weekend near Jane Byrne Interchange

Work zone changes in the ongoing reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange will close some lanes and ramps on I-290 overnight this weekend.

Amtrak police union warns of ‘potentially dangerous’ staff cuts

Forty-three Amtrak police officers are assigned to Union Station. That number could fall to 35 by 2022, according to the Amtrak police union.

One Central developers press for transit hub legislation

State lawmakers voiced support Thursday for the proposed One Central project near Soldier Field but made no promises about legislation.

A real man needs a ‘REAL ID’ driver’s license. Doesn’t he?

A more interesting question is: I already have a passport; why bother getting the REAL ID? Part of it is playing the game, part is American pride.

Lightfoot cool to Peotone airport: Midway, O’Hare ‘1st priority’

That’s not a yes but also not a hard no, giving her ally, Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., space to see whether she can resurrect the long dormant project.

Uber, Lyft drivers protest outside City Hall, globally ahead of Uber’s IPO

The drivers demanded an increase in their pay; a cap on the number of drivers allowed in the city; better safety; and more financial accountability.

I-90 ramps at Elmhurst Road could be closed for 10 hours after tanker rollover

The driver had to be extricated from the wreckage, but was not seriously injured, police said.

Companies raked in nearly $266M from parking meters, other city assets last year

City parking meters took in $132.7 million in 2018, bringing the total received by the private company that runs them to $1.2 billion over 10 years.

Ride-hailing drivers to demonstrate at City Hall Wednesday, turn off app

The rally calling for for higher wages is being coordinated by Chicago Rideshare Advocates, a non-profit group of about 400 Chicago ride-hail drivers.

Recent airline crashes raise questions about flying safety

Nearly half of the airline deaths in 2018 and 2019 occurred during the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Retaining wall falls near bridge by Chicago Skyway on the South Side

The wall collapsed onto 87th Street about 2 a.m., officials said. CTA is rerouting buses, which will cause minor delays.

Parts of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge over the Chicago River to close for repairs

Two of the four southbound lanes over the Chicago River will be closed to traffic into summer, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.