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

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Fact-check: Challenger Newman railroads the truth with jab at Lipinski over train crossings

Congressman Dan Lipinski played no part in the law’s undoing, which Marie Newman’s campaign acknowledged in response to our inquiry.

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Advocates for disabled call Amtrak policy hiking costs 25-fold — to $25,000 —  ‘grossly unfair to wheelchair users’

Amtrak usually accommodates members from Access Living for around $1,000, removing seats to make room for people with wheelchairs. But the group was hit with a much bigger estimate this year: more than $25,000.

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Ground stop issued at O’Hare, hundreds of flights canceled as snowstorm hits Chicago area

Up to 4 inches of snow will hit the Chicago area Friday evening before temperatures plummet to below-zero wind chills over the weekend, forecasters say.

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Metra stepping up enforcement to make sure passengers have valid tickets

For the first time, Metra police will be helping with those efforts.

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Would One Central project help transform the South Side? It might if details can be worked out.

The multibillion-dollar development proposed just west of Soldier Field is touted as a bold plan to turn an ugly railyard into a lakefront jewel and boost public transit.

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Metra North Central trains running with delays after vehicle gets stuck on tracks near Mundelein

Movement was stopped in both directions about 5:51 p.m., Metra said in a tweet.

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Metra North Central trains delayed after body found near tracks in Buffalo Grove

A Metra spokesman said a crew on inbound Train 104 saw a body close to the tracks somewhere near Buffalo Grove.

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Metra may go cashless on trains

The primary reason for considering the policy change is to speed up the ticketing process. Cash fares paid on board now include a $5 surcharge.

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CTA Yellow Line service resumes after hourslong delay for debris on tracks

Yellow Line trains were halted about 6:30 a.m. due to debris near the Howard station, according to the CTA. Service resumed just before 10 a.m.

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Red Line riders to dress down for ‘No Pants Subway Ride’

Chicago’s No Pants Subway Ride will start this year at the Loyola station on the Red Line.

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Lyft driver charged with sexually assaulting, biting passenger in Humboldt Park

Mohayeddine Lamsahel, 33, of Palatine, is accused of driving the woman to an alley behind her home and sexually assaulting her.

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Dan Ryan local lanes reopen after truck overturns, spills trash near Skyway

The fuel leak was contained, and southbound lanes were reopened at 47th Street by 8:45 a.m.

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Metra UP-W service resumes after train hits empty car in Lombard

Train movement was stopped in both directions, but outbound trains were moving again by about 7:45 a.m., Metra officials said.

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Police outline crackdown on motorcycle clubs ‘wreaking havoc’ on Chicago streets

Helicopters, license plate recognition cameras, noise monitors and task forces that ‘swarm’ rally points are tools Chicago police vowed use against motorcycle clubs that try to ‘goad’ police into chasing them.

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As city mulls fate of e-scooters, one company touts use by Blue Line riders

Electric scooters help get people to public transit, thereby reducing motorists on Chicago’s roadways, the company, Lime, asserts.

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Red Line service resumes with delays after bomb squad investigation

Normal service resumed about 7:20 p.m. after authorities investigated an unattended suitcase at Grand, the CTA said.

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Red-light camera network should stay, Chicago’s new transportation chief says

Suburban red-light cameras are caught up in a federal corruption scandal. Still, Gia Biagi told aldermen Chicago’s 300 red-light cameras need to remain in place as a "deterrent" to drivers who speed and run red lights.

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Uber, Lyft and Via riders, drivers cope with Lightfoot’s congestion fee

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first city budget included a plan to reduce congestion downtown and raise $40 million with higher ride-hailing fees. The plan, which kicked in this week, raises the total fee of solo trips in the downtown zone from 72 cents to $3.

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Murder charge filed in strangling of woman found near dumpster in Des Plaines

Gerard Merced Delgado Calderon, 31, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicide in the death of Myra Rivera.

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Woman hit, killed by Yellow Line train near Evanston: police

She was hit about 7 p.m. in the 2400 block of Howard Street, police said.

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Tow truck driver fatally struck by vehicle on I-290 in Maywood

He was struck by a vehicle near 9th Avenue while towing cars from an earlier crash, state police said.

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Full CTA Brown Line service resumed after suspension between Kimball and Southport

Kimball-bound trains were not running between Kimball and Southport for an obstruction on the tracks, the CTA said.

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Blue Line trains resume service at Monroe, Jackson after authorities determine suspicious powder to be cleaning solution

Calls for a white powder found at the station came in about 7:20 a.m., authorities said.

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Streets reopen after water main break near North and Halsted

The water main burst about 5:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Halsted Street. Repairs were completed by 6:30 p.m.

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I-80 lanes near New Lenox reopen after semi rollover, HazMat response

A truck carrying phosphoric acid crashed and lanes were closed for hours as crews worked to clear the spill, Illinois State Police said.

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CTA to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve during select hours

Rides will be free from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. If you pay — by accident or on purpose — no refunds will be issued.

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Flights resume at O’Hare, Midway after dense fog grounds aircraft on Christmas Eve

Kayla Williams, of Racine, Wisconsin, didn’t expect to wait hours for her sister to arrive from Memphis.

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Brown Line service resumes at Paulina after gas leak

Authorities responded about 3:45 p.m. to the 3400 block of North Paulina Street for reports of a gas leak, officials said.

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With Muilenburg gone, attention turns to Boeing’s culture and engineering

The Chicago-based company replaces its CEO as its 737 Max crisis deepens.

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West Loop street parking will cost you starting in 2020

Starting in early January, it’ll cost $4.50 per hour to leave your car on a West Loop street in the fast-developing area.

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5 million travelers expected to pass through Chicago airports over the holidays

Friday was expected to be the busiest travel day at O’Hare and Midway airports. Thursday is projected to be the worst for driving.

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Travelers caught with weed in Chicago airports won’t be busted, police say

The TSA says it will refer any marijuana found on domestic flyers to Chicago police, who say they won’t confiscate it if the amount is within new legal limits.