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September 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and For RedEye
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 rehabbing Northern Red Line stations for the past...
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April 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is closing its sales center Friday as it moves closer to transitioning to Ventra, its new fare payment system. CTA riders have long been able to purchase fare cards at the sales center, which is on the second floor of CTA headquarters at 567 W. Lake St. The CTA is encouraging riders to visit the Ventra customer service center for fare card help, around the corner from headquarters at 165 N. Jefferson St. Riders can still purchase disposable...
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October 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
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March 6, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday called a proposed cost increase for single-ride rail tickets "a voluntary payment. " The CTA is proposing hiking the cost of single-ride train tickets from $2.25 to $3 when the agency rolls out its Ventra payment system this summer. "No one has to pay a fee. It's only if they choose not to participate in the Ventra system," Claypool said at a press conference announcing an expanded CTA apprentice program. "It's just [for] someone who insists on getting an expensive [paper card]
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April 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is closing its sales center Friday as it moves closer to transitioning to Ventra, its new fare payment system. CTA riders have long been able to purchase fare cards at the sales center, which is on the second floor of CTA headquarters at 567 W. Lake St. The CTA is encouraging riders to visit the Ventra customer service center for fare card help, around the corner from headquarters at 165 N. Jefferson St. Riders can still purchase disposable...
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October 31, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Typically, the CTA asks for your attention (please), but now you've got theirs. Hearings about the 2012 CTA budget—which calls for management reductions but no service cuts or fare hikes to close a $277 million shortfall—start this week. Riders will be able to voice their concerns about any transit issues to the CTA board on Wednesday at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. Two budget meetings are scheduled for next week. When fare hikes and service cuts are on the table, riders pack these meetings and protesters bang drums...
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March 6, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday called a proposed cost increase for single-ride rail tickets "a voluntary payment. " The CTA is proposing hiking the cost of single-ride train tickets from $2.25 to $3 when the agency rolls out its Ventra payment system this summer. "No one has to pay a fee. It's only if they choose not to participate in the Ventra system," Claypool said at a press conference announcing an expanded CTA apprentice program. "It's just [for] someone who insists on getting an expensive [paper card]
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January 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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...
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April 2, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
There's a Brown Line and a Red Line and now there's a Timeline. The CTA on Friday unveiled its new Facebook timeline, which features photos of the first all-metal rapid transit cars (September 1950) and the last streetcar trip (June 1958), among other transit milestones. In the spirit of the new timeline, Going Public looks forward to the transit-related events that are rapidly approaching. > > Wednesday: Local activists will be gathering at 6 p.m., at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., for Occupy National Day of Action for Public...
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August 22, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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, particularly during rush hour.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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...
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October 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
October 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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...
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and For RedEye
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...
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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]
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August 22, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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,...
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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]
NEWS
April 2, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
There's a Brown Line and a Red Line and now there's a Timeline. The CTA on Friday unveiled its new Facebook timeline, which features photos of the first all-metal rapid transit cars (September 1950) and the last streetcar trip (June 1958), among other transit milestones. In the spirit of the new timeline, Going Public looks forward to the transit-related events that are rapidly approaching. > > Wednesday: Local activists will be gathering at 6 p.m., at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., for Occupy National Day of Action for Public Transportation.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Typically, the CTA asks for your attention (please), but now you've got theirs. Hearings about the 2012 CTA budget - which calls for management reductions but no service cuts or fare hikes to close a $277 million shortfall - start this week. Riders will be able to voice their concerns about any transit issues to the CTA board Wednesday at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. Two budget meetings are scheduled for next week. When fare hikes and service cuts are on the table, riders pack these meetings and protesters bang drums outside CTA headquarters on the Near...
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