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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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Here’s an easy way for CTA president to win over taxpayers: Show up when $26 million is at stake

City Council members griped once again this week about the absence of CTA chief Dorval Carter Jr. at a key committee meeting.

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Boeing’s 787 problems lead to $4 billion loss

The aircraft maker took a charge of $3.5 billion to cover additional delays in delivering copies of its 787 jetliner and compensation for airlines that are still waiting to get their planes.

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Second time’s the charm for $26.1 million transfer to CTA; Council members still angry about being dissed

Despite last week’s tongue-lashing, CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. did not appear when the Budget Committee reconvened Tuesday.Instead, Carter’s chief financial officer made the case that the money is needed to shore up CTA pensions.

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Airport contract workers to get raise — and then another next year

Roughly 6,500 employees serving as everything from caterers, de-icers, and baggage handlers to wheelchair attendants, airfield and cargo workers stand to benefit.

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Semitrailer struck by Metra train in Arlington Heights drives off before authorities arrive

When authorities arrived, the vehicle was gone but a piece of the semi and its license plate were left behind.

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CTA reports labor deal with transit union

The tentative agreement lasts through 2023 and calls for a 9.25% pay hike over the life of the contract, the transit agency says.

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CTA prepares to demolish, rebuild 100-year-old North Side tracks

The work is part of the transit agency’s $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization Project.

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Metra Rock Island train strikes vehicle at 112th Place

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, authorities said.

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State launches next phase of I-80 corridor construction in Joliet: ‘A game changer for this community’

The state investment in the $200 million public-private partnership is $32 million, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. CenterPoint Properties, an inland port, is investing up to $170 million to build a new toll bridge on Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River.

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Reilly settles for watered-down crackdown on pedicabs

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) had proposed banning pedicabs altogether from the River North entertainment district after 6 p.m. and prohibiting pedicabs from using amplified sound. On Wednesday, Reilly settled for a whole lot less.

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CTA ripped after transit agency president a no-show at City Council hearing

A usually routine transfer of funds to the CTA turned into a gripe session, as Council members slammed the agency, then held up approval of a $26.1 million windfall from the CTA’s portion of the real estate transfer tax.

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Frontier Airlines to return to Midway Airport this spring

Frontier Airlines is expanding its footprint in Chicago as it becomes the latest airline to operate out of both city airports.

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Traffic pollution linked to nearly 2 million new cases of childhood asthma a year, study finds

But experts say unfortunately that isn’t anything new. ‘Air pollution continues to be a major cause of asthma among children around the world,’ an author of a new study said.

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New program offers City Colleges of Chicago students free Divvy bike rides

Students at any City Colleges of Chicago location can get a free one-year membership in the city’s "Divvy for Everyone" program.

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Passport books will soon cost more due to increased fees

Travelers 16 and older who are applying for the first time must pay $165 starting next week.

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CTA holiday train spreads cheer through the Loop: ‘It lights up your heart’

The CTA holiday train added an extra day of circling the Loop Monday, giving passengers another chance to catch a festive ride.

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CTA President Dorval Carter receives 33% raise — to $350K

The CTA board said Carter has been a "rockstar" leading the agency during the pandemic and said the raise also reflects the enormity of challenges ahead.

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As violence spikes on CTA buses, drivers plan Michigan Avenue march

"The last few months have been the worst violence I’ve ever seen on operators," said Keith Hill, a veteran driver and head of the union that represents bus drivers.

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Illinois Tollway can’t seem to stay in the good government lane

The scandal-prone agency is making a mess of things again, trying its best to prove it shouldn’t exist as an independent agency.

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Nurses’ union backs Valencia for Illinois secretary of state: ‘She will always fight for us the same way we fight for our patients’

Tori Dameron, the president of the Illinois Nurses Association, said in a statement nurses "need the support of strong union allies in office now more than ever" as the pandemic continues to "strain" frontline workers and others in health care.

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Small plane overshoots runway at Midway Airport after wing clips the ground

The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings in a single-engine plane Tuesday morning when the crash happened. No one was injured.

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192 vehicles towed on first night of winter parking ban

Forty fewer drivers were caught unaware compared with last year, when 232 vehicles were towed.

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Man fatally struck on Dan Ryan Expressway at 50th Street

The accident happened Tuesday in the southbound local lanes of Interstate 94, according to Illinois State Police.

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Overnight winter parking ban begins 3 a.m. Wednesday

The ban is enforced regardless of snow from 3 to 7 a.m. every night from Dec. 1 to April 1.

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We don’t want more warehouses, South Siders say

Critics also say some proposed developments aren’t getting a rigorous environmental review despite a new law designed to reduce pollution.

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9 million cars to hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend — more than 2019

Nearly 1.6 million passengers are expected to travel through Midway and O’Hare — shattering the totals from last year.

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CTA holiday train, bus will welcome passengers this year

The CTA announced Tuesday that riders will be allowed to board the festive transports after rides were barred last year because of the pandemic.

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CTA Brown line to begin using Red-Purple Bypass north of Belmont

The new bypass is expected to limit delays and make travel times faster, the CTA said. It’s part of the $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization project.

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New signs coming to downtown Pedway

New signs in the "main stem" of the city’s pedway will make navigating the maze-like system of tunnels a bit easier this winter.

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Federal infrastructure package could deliver good things for local Amtrak service

It’s great that rail service will get a much-needed, $66 billion shot in the arm. But long-term, predictable funding is a must.

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Travel uptick expected this Thanksgiving, but hotel industry still hurting, reports say

Over 53 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, an increase of 13% from 2020, AAA predicts.

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‘Stay tuned,’ Republicans: GOP on verge of getting candidate for Illinois secretary of state

State Rep. Dan Brady signaled on Wednesday that he plans to make a run for the office, filing updated campaign committee documents with the state’s board of elections that show he’s seeking the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.