In the midst of a scandal that has rocked the Metra and RTA, prompting
four Metra board members to resign, Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday he plans
to appoint an independent non-political panel to devise a “fundamental
overhaul” of the public transit systems.
Monday marked the first day for some Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
and Pace riders to use the Ventra card, a regional transit fare-payment
system that allows customers to use one card for both forms of public
Despite a renovated bus stop at the corner of 31st Street and
Spaulding Avenue, activists are saying people with disabilities are
still denied equal access to public transportation and full equality in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side.
is a great win, but there is still a lot of work left to be done,” said
Adam Ballard, an organizer for the disability advocacy group Access Living.
The newly-renovated bus station received fresh cement and sidewalk ramps in June, thanks to Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who dedicated $230,000 from his ward’s menu money, which is a pot of discretionary funds designed for infrastructure projects.
whose mobility is limited to a wheelchair because he was born with
arthrogryposis, joined activists and community residents on Wednesday
morning to celebrate what participants called a “partial victory.”
“This is just the beginning, and now we have to continue to push for the rest of the area to get renovated,” he said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), introduced an ordinance at Wednesday's city council meeting that would increase the penalties for gun offenses near bus stops, "L" stations and on public transit.
Future board members of Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Pace and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will no longer see the perk of state pension and health care benefits under a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed Tuesday.