Posts tagged "CTA"

Ventra system parent company has deep ties to military, national security intelligence

Cubic Corporation, the parent company that runs Cubic Transportation Systems, responsible for the CTA’s much-loathed Ventra fare system, has deep business ties to the military. Cubic provides weapons training for the military; offers technology that transmits surveillance data from unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones; and tracks assets all over the world for both... Read more »

Gripes and guffaws: CTA’s flawed Ventra system hits low-income riders hardest

Gripes and guffaws: CTA’s flawed Ventra system hits low-income riders hardest
The Chicago Transit Authority’s rollout of the new Ventra fare card had a rocky time last week, after a series of technical and customer service problems forced the CTA to backtrack on its plan to stop issuing old passes. The endless thread of comments—mostly complaints–on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Facebook page, as well as responses... Read more »

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal
Everywhere you turn these days, another plan to privatize a city service seems to be in the works. Ventra cards, a new payment system for the CTA and administered by a San Diego-based company, have made headlines all this week. Before that was the plan to privatize Midway Airport, though the deal fell through when... Read more »
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Take a ride on the Green-Line to compare shopping options

Does where you live determine how far you can stretch a dollar on groceries?

Photos by Latricia Polk and Michelle Kanaar.

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers
The Chicago Transit Authority came out with a big announcement one year ago: the flimsy, plastic transit cards Chicago had come to know, love, and find between the couch cushions would soon be no more. Instead, the CTA and Pace would be issuing a new fare system using personal bank-issued debit and credit cards. Chicago,... Read more »

What's Up This Week: School-to-prison pipeline; the fiscal cliff; and CTA fare hikes

What's Up This Week: School-to-prison pipeline; the fiscal cliff; and CTA fare hikes
School-to-Prison Pipeline.There’s been an increase in the number of young people who are in the juvenile delinquency system because of relatively minor school discipline issues. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is to have a hearing Wednesday on what officials are calling the school-to-prison pipeline. Housing History. Each Wednesday in December, the National Public Housing Museum is... Read more »
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Interactive map highlights poverty along CTA, Metra lines

Interactive map highlights poverty along CTA, Metra lines
How many times have you looked at a CTA map? Dozens, maybe hundreds, of times? Neat lines and colors, categorizing our city into eight colors and 144 dots. But what if that map told you more about the people who lived there than just how to get to your destination? That’s what Christopher Whitaker wondered... Read more »

CTA's first public meeting on Red Line closures draws a crowd, and complaints (photos)

More than 60 people attended the first of two public meetings this week on  the planned renovations to the Red Line. Monday's meeting was held at the South Shore Cultural Center. Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday.
The first of two scheduled public meetings this week on the planned five-month closure of parts of the Red Line was held Monday night at the South Shore Cultural Center.  Many Chicago Transit Authority representatives, including President Forrest Claypool and Chairman Terry Peterson, were in attendance, ready to hear the concerns of various CTA riders.... Read more »

Red Line extension would finally reach Chicago's far South Side black communities

Ever been to Altgeld Gardens? It’s a public housing community on Chicago’s far South Side. I’m there every Saturday volunteering with a group of kids. When people ask me where it is, these are my approximate directions: Drive down 94 until you’re absolutely sure you couldn’t be in the city anymore. Then get off the highway... Read more »
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News Roundup: New study shows gap in credit scores between black and white communities

The growing use of credit scores as a screening method for rental apartments, home loans and utilities could create a significant difference in economic opportunity for people with low credit scores due to both the lack of credit history and poor repayment history. This could negatively impact African Americans based on a new study from... Read more »