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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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Cause of Montana Amtrak derailment still under investigation

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said Tuesday it was "still very early" in the investigation and the agency typically takes one to two years to determine accident causes.

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Black female pilot an aviation trailblazer at Southern Illinois

Vernecelyn Allen and co-pilot Abby Lee finished ninth overall and third among college teams in this summer’s Air Race Classic, the only women’s air race in the nation.

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Jump start for electric vehicle industry? Pritzker touts job training now, business incentives soon 

The Electric Vehicle Energy Storage training program dovetails with the state’s goal of getting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, which was included in energy legislation that passed the General Assembly last month.

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CTA proposes reduced fares in 2022 budget to boost ridership

CTA’s base fares of $2.25 for bus and $2.50 for rail won’t change.

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Lightfoot celebrates something she tried to stop: renaming Lake Shore Drive to honor Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

The mayor and others gathered at Buckingham Fountain to launch the installation of 12 signs with DuSable’s full name. More than 80 smaller signs say simply "DuSable Lake Shore Drive." Cost to produce and install: about $500,000.

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Uber opens new office at Old Post Office

More than 2,000 Uber employees are expected to begin occupying the massive space in the coming weeks.

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Clout-heavy janitorial company sues City Hall to hang onto lucrative O’Hare deal

Rick Simon’s United Maintenance says it’s being pushed out and that city officials plan to bring in ABM Industries, Inc., which has faced accusations of not protecting female janitors.

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Departing inspector general’s final quarterly report chock-full of wrongdoing — again

Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s 12-year run as Chicago’s top watchdog ended Friday. His final quarterly report, released Monday, includes details on a city employee who tried to sneak a firearm through an airport checkpoint.

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City proposes new Metra station on Ashland Avenue to serve Fulton Market, West Loop

The new station would improve connectivity to the Illinois Medical District, Kinzie Industrial Corridor, Fulton Market, the United Center and educational institutions.

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Electric scooters go from pilot to permanent in Chicago — for two years, anyway

The ordinance approved by the City Council allows the city transportation department to issue up to three licenses to scooter-sharing companies. Each could deploy up to 2,000 scooters per day, from 5 a.m. to midnight.

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Hundreds more Southwest Airlines flights canceled Monday after weekend disruptions

The Dallas-based airline blamed air traffic control issues and bad weather for weekend "operational challenges" that resulted in 1,900 canceled flights on Saturday and Sunday.

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Woman dies after car falls off Dan Ryan Expressway, crashes into Armour Square parking lot

Nicole Betts’ car became airborne after hitting the crash barrels separating the local and express lanes near 29th Street, authorities say.

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Person killed in 7-vehicle crash on Kennedy Expressway

The crash happened Sunday night in the outbound lanes near Natoma Avenue, according to Illinois State Police.

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Man, 89, fatally struck by vehicle on Bishop Ford Expressway

The pedestrian was hit early Thursday in on Interstate 94 near 115th Street, state police say.

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Crane collapses in Edgewater Beach, no injuries reported but apartment building partially evacuated

The crane collapsed in the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue where work is being done on the Red Line, knocking down power lines and crushing a car,

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Fed up flight attendants calling for harsher penalties amid a surge of unruly, violent passengers

A recent surge in reports of unruly passengers has created dangerous working conditions for flight attendants. Aviation workers are calling on lawmakers to enact harsher penalties on misbehaving passengers.

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United firing nearly 600 employees over vaccines

The Chicago-based airline set a Sept. 27 deadline for its vaccine mandate; 99% complied, but 593 employees will face termination for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

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City clerk urged to scrap residential permit parking

"There’s almost literally nowhere left for people to park if it’s not a residential area in many communities," Ald. Ray Lopez said at Monday’s budget hearing. Chicago has more than 2,000 residential parking zones. Through Aug. 30, the city had sold 139,004 annual permits at $25 apiece.

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Long-running legal battle over role of aviation security officers resolved in city’s favor

The security force was thrust into the spotlight by an infamous passenger-dragging incident in 2017.

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Joe Miller always wanted to create a mural you could see from the L

The Lincoln Square artist achieved that dream last month with his new mural ‘Uptown Dot King’ just west of the CTA’s Wilson Avenue Red Line stop.

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City looks to add 100 miles of bike lanes by end of 2022

Chicago Department of Transportation will spend $17 million over the next two years to add bike lanes across the city, with a focus on the South and West sides.

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Man, 74, fatally struck by motorcycle in Humboldt Park

The crash happened Saturday on North Avenue at Washtenaw, authorities say.

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Woman fatally struck by Brown Line train at Kedzie

Brown Line service was suspended between Western and Kimball.

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Downtown, Loop road closures expected in response to past week of Mexican Independence Day celebrations

Road closures were set to happen on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Roosevelt Road, Michigan Avenue, Ida B. Wells Drive and Columbus Drive beginning Friday night and through the weekend, a spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications said.

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Illinois now boasts the ‘most equitable’ climate law in America. What will that mean?

Besides setting targets for a switchover to clean energy, it comes with promises of equitable job creation and an emphasis on helping communities hit hardest by fossil-fuel pollution.

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Metra board approves raise for CEO Jim Derwinski

Metra CEO and executive director Jim Derwinski, who hasn’t had a raise since 2018, is receiving a 7% raise, bringing his annual base pay to $305,000.

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New Southwest Side aviation maintenance training facility ready for takeoff in less than two weeks

The 137-000-square-foot Aviation Institute of Maintenance facility will offer Federal Aviation Association certified maintenance training with classes for 40 students set to begin Sept. 27.

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Motorcyclist dies after being struck by 81-year-old driver in West Pullman

The accident happened in the 12900 block of South Halsted Street.

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Man fatally hit by train at Red Line Morse stop

Red Line service was suspended between Wilson and Howard, according to the CTA. Purple and Yellow trains were temporarily halted.

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Lightfoot, Durbin celebrate completion of $6 billion O’Hare runway project

The 16-year undertaking included building four new runways, extending two others and adding two new air traffic control towers. And instead of intersecting, runways now run parallel.

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Belmont Cragin youth victorious after two-year fight brings bike lanes to neighborhood

The Chicago Department of Transportation plans to add more than 12 miles of bike lanes in Belmont Cragin. More lanes are coming to nearby Hermosa, as well.

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3 Chicago-area residents die in wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 near Wolf Road

Both drivers and the front seat passenger in the other vehicle died at the scene, state police said.