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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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Massive delays on Metra HC line after freight train breaks down in SW Suburbs

Inbound train 914, which was scheduled to arrive at Union Station at 6:52 a.m., was halted because of a freight train having problems with its brakes between the Willow Springs and Summit stations.

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Lifting Lake Shore Drive Bridge to take longer, delays expected

The bridge over the Chicago River will take more time to raise and lower because of ongoing repair work.

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Navy Pier Flyover to close for striping work next week

The segment of the flyover that opened in December 2018 will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, June 24 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

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Lanes blocked on I-55 after crash involving 2 trucks

A garbage truck and a semitruck were involved in a collision just north of Route 53 about 7 a.m.

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Master keys for O’Hare Airport security access were lost, costing city in ‘five figures’

A set of keys that provides almost total access to O’Hare Airport were lost and never recovered. But there were rare consequences for the employee involved, a Sun-Times investigation found.

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Orange Line service resumes after train hits woman at 35th/Archer

The 29-year-old was looking at the train schedule and walking backward when she fell onto the tracks at 10:24 a.m. at the 35th/Archer station.

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2 dead in fiery I-94 crash in Wisconsin

"In my 20 years of my job, this is the worst accident I’ve ever been part of," the Racine County sheriff said.

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Flying car startups aim to begin test flights as early as next year

Uber is among one of several companies making plans for flying cars in the near future.

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Scooter in a tree? Chronicler of Chicago’s e-scooter absurdity pops up on Twitter

A Lincoln Park IT salesman is posting unflattering e-scooter pictures.

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Boeing CEO says company made mistake in handling warning-system problem

The FAA has faulted Boeing for not telling regulators for more than a year that a safety indicator in the cockpit of the plane didn’t work as intended.

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New lane configuration to take effect Monday at Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction

The reconfiguration will require intermittent lane and ramp closures between 10 p.m. June 16 and 5 a.m. June 17 and last until the end of the year.

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Fact-check: House Republican leader throws facts under the bus with Joliet bridge claim

Despite widespread public concern, however, we could find no evidence that Joliet school buses had been prohibited from traversing the I-80 bridges with students aboard.

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Lake Shore Drive Bridge lifts to cause longer than usual delays

The bridge over the Chicago River will take more time to raise and lower because of ongoing repair work.

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Metra BNSF trains delayed after truck strikes bridge at Western Avenue

Inbound and outbound trains were halted at 3:30 p.m. while authorities inspected damage to the bridge.

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Lakefront Trail partially closed due to flooding, waves up to 7 feet

The trail has been closed between Fullerton and Ohio because of a lakeshore flood advisory

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Red Line trains resume normal service after diversion due to person on tracks

Trains were diverted between the Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown stations about 7:17 p.m., according to an alert from the CTA.

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Biggest factor in scooter crashes? Speed, study says

Nearly 200 riders were injured in a three-month period after Austin, Texas launched a rental program last year, the study found.

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Ready or not, here come 2,500 electric scooters as city chooses 10 vendors

Bird, Bolt, gruv, JUMP, Lime, Lyft, Sherpa, Spin, VeoRide and Wheels will each be granted 250 scooters to operate within a 50-square-mile test area.

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Latest piece of continuous river path coming into focus

As it takes shape, a pedestrian bridge over the Chicago River is grabbing attention on the North Side.

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Ferguson urges Lightfoot to yank residential street resurfacing from $66 million-a-year aldermanic menu program

The city’s inspector general says city transportation department needs "full authority to coordinate construction impacting the public way."

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City accused of ‘towing without telling’

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Chicagoan with multiple sclerosis says her van was snatched off the street and sold for scrap while it was parked legally in front of her home.

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Take cabs while you can or soon there won’t be cabs to take

Uber or American Taxi? That depends on how quickly you want dystopia upon us.

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Here’s how the city should fix its unfair ticketing policies, group says

The task force was spearheaded by City Clerk Anna Valencia and included local officials, academics, advocates, nonprofits and everyday residents.

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CTA Red, Brown, Purple Line service resumes after man jumps from train at Fullerton

Chicago police said the 35-year-old man pulled open an emergency door as the northbound Red Line train was departing and jumped out onto the tracks.

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Overnight Navy Pier Flyover work postponed by ‘mechanical problems’: CDOT

"Due to mechanical problems, this work cannot be completed tonight," CDOT officials wrote in a statement.

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Cyclist hit, killed by Amtrak train in Berwyn

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Train 380 hit the person just before 11 a.m. on the tracks near Ridgeland Avenue.

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CTA employee dies after medical emergency at O’Hare Blue Line station

First responders found Daniel Cruz unresponsive and tried to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator, authorities said.

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Multiple injured in crash on Kennedy Expressway

Inbound lanes were closed about 12:30 a.m. after a semi and five vehicles were involved in a crash near Canfield Avenue.

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Century-old Gately’s People’s building in Roseland destroyed by fire

Former patrons of Gately’s People’s Store fondly recalled the iconic Far South Side department store after flames consumed the structure early Friday.

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A different kind of herd to show up at O’Hare today

Goats, sheep and a donkey — about 30 animals in all — are being brought in to help manage the vegetation.

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CTA bus hits man on Divvy bike in River North

The bus hit the cyclist as it was pulling over toward a bus stop in the 400 block of North Wells Street.

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Full service restored on Green Line after derailment injures 7 on South Side

Chicago Fire Department says 30 people were aboard the train when a car jumped the track. Service was interrupted for several hours and restored by 4:30 p.m.