Tag: Chicago Transit Authority

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 »

Red Line closure will hit local businesses, employees hard (photos)

The Chicago Transit Authority says its spring 2013 closure of nine Red Line stations – from Cermak/Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan – will create hundreds of jobs for construction workers and bus drivers. But what it’s not talking about is the impact this five-month project will have on the workers who earn their livings near the... Read more »

Combining Wicker Park, Humboldt Park DHS offices may strain already stretched services

This story is the first in a multi-part series on the consolidation of the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park Department of Human Services offices and the impact on the communities they serve. It’s not just a matter of packing up some desks and file cabinets and moving people a couple of miles away. For some... Read more »

Getting around town with bus rapid transit

Getting around town with bus rapid transit
Creating bus rapid transit corridors in Chicago has been on the local transport agenda for several years now. The Chicago Transit Authority and Department of Transportation expect to have a version of bus rapid transit in place on Jeffrey Avenue by the fall of 2012; the agencies are planning for a Western Avenue corridor now.... 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 »