In an attempt to "restore trust in Northeastern Illinois public transit", Gov. Pat Quinn signed an Executive Order today to create an independent task force to analyze and revamp the mass transit system in Northeastern Illinois.
A month-long test of Chicago's new speed camera program shows the city could collect some hundreds of millions of dollars from fines in its first year, far more than the $40 million to $60 million originally projected by city transportation officials.
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.