January 9, 2013 |
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless plans to ask the CTA board on Friday to create a reduced fare pass for local homeless youth. Julie Dworkin, the coalition's director of policy, said she has been working for years to get the CTA board to approve a $34 30-day unlimited pass for homeless youth to use to go to school or find a job. The 30-day pass currently sells for $86; the price will increase to $100 next week. Dworkin said she was optimistic that the proposal would win approval when Rich Rodriguez was president of the CTA. The issue was put on the back-burner when...
October 23, 2012 |
The CTA said Tuesday it is reviewing applications from artists to create artwork at seven North Side Red Line stations undergoing rehabilitation. The CTA would not say how many applications it received before the Oct. 10 deadline. From these submissions, the CTA in December will pick about 25 artists and pay them $500 to pitch their artwork. Then the CTA will choose seven artists in March to create work for the Jarvis, Berwyn, Lawrence, Argyle, Thorndale, Granville and Morse stopps.
October 1, 2012 |
It's no secret that the CTA is strapped for cash, but it appears the agency's employees are too. About 1,300 CTA employees, who account for 13 percent of the CTA's workforce, owe money to the city, according to data released last month by the city. The tab? About $460,000. It's been a year since Mayor Emanuel cracked down on city employee debt, which typically is made up of unpaid parking tickets and fines. The mayor told city department heads to make their employees pay their debt in full, get onto a payment plan or risk facing disciplinary...
September 13, 2012 |
The CTA is looking for artists to create work for seven North Side Red Line stations currently undergoing overhaul. The CTA said today it issued a request for proposals for local, national and international artists to submit their qualifications to the CTA. Application information is at http://www.transitchicago.com. The CTA said it has has more than 50 art pieces at 41 stations along the Pink, Red and Brown Lines. Submissions must be delivered no later than 3:30 p.m., Oct. 10, to CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St. The CTA has been...
August 27, 2012 |
When John Lyons was looking for a place to set up his optical business two years ago, transit access was a top priority. He chose his location in West Lakeview because the Lincoln Avenue bus stops near his business, which is about three blocks from the Paulina Brown Line stop. "We have a very young patient base; they love public transportation," said Lyons, who runs Lyons Family Eye Care at 3250 N. Lincoln Ave. "I'm shocked that Lincoln Avenue, one of the most vibrant streets in Chicago, would be even considered for a stop of [CTA]
August 22, 2012 |
The CTA on Wednesday unveiled its proposal to cut or change 26 bus routes with low ridership while adding more bus and rail service to ease some of the system's most crowded spots. The proposal, which the CTA said will not cost the agency any money, is the first major service overhaul in 15 years. The CTA board will vote on the plan at its Sept. 12 board meeting, and service changes would go into effect Dec. 16. The changes come on the heels of 16 months of consecutive growth in ridership on the CTA - leading to some cramped buses and trains,...