Transportation

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

About 14% of those in the apprenticeship program found permanent full-time employment with the transit agency, a Sun-Times investigation found. Others, some strung along for years, remained in low-paying roles with no benefits.
Chicago riders may now find a blue check mark under their name, as part of Uber’s rider verification process.
The apartment where Lynn Sweet’s father once lived was demolished to make way for the expressway. President Joe Biden has launched a new program to reconnect communities split by expressways such as the Eisenhower.
A minor was crossing the street about 3:20 p.m. Monday near Fenger High School, 11220 S. Wallace, when he was hit and left with serious injuries, police said.
The man, 20, was riding a motorcycle in the bicycle lane in the 4000 block of West Diversey Avenue when he hit a car turning into a parking lot around 3:30 p.m., Chicago police said. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
A man and woman were both ejected from the car, and a third passenger was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
A lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County court accuses Officer Tangie O. Brown of driving while intoxicated when she fatally struck Maria Schwab on Dec. 7. Brown’s blood-alcohol level was 0.093% when she was tested two hours after the incident.
The demonstration was part of a global “economic blockade to free Palestine,” according to organizers. Protesters also took to the streets in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the Brooklyn Bridge and Interstate 5 in Eugene, Oregon.
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A 46-year-old motorcyclist was traveling north in the 5500 block of South Pulaski Road when a woman in a Chevy SUV turned left and collided with the man, police said. He died at a hospital, authorities say.
At least seven trains departing from or heading to Chicago were called off — four scheduled to run Friday and three more scheduled to leave Saturday.
Kristian Philpotts, 29, was driving for Lyft in Urbana and accepted a ride request on Jan. 12, 2022. During the ride, Philpotts was shot by the passenger, Tyjohn Williams of Champaign.
A new measure would require the city and state’s transportation agencies to post safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board that have been made within the past 12 months.
It’s one of 80 projects in 37 states, part of a new $830 million program for strengthening transportation systems against extreme weather events intensified by climate change.
Taxi drivers are skeptical about the addition, attributing a decline in taxi services to the ride-hailing company.
Octavio Lara Chavez, 40, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence involving death and great bodily harm in the crash that happened Sunday in Garfield Ridge.
An amended ordinance now headed to the full City Council would allow riders to rent and drive the electric scooters between midnight and 5 a.m., which proponents hope will help late-shift workers.
Nikolas Hutto, a former Marine, had left a Chicago Blackhawks game with friends Sunday and had to stop to change a tire in Garfield Ridge. His family says the outpouring of condolences is helping them cope with their loss.
A few hours after the total eclipse brought thousands of spectators to downstate Illinois, traffic remained heavy on some interstates.