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New chief marketing officer for Choose Chicago

New chief marketing officer for Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago president Don Welsh has announced the appointment of Shana Lee as the organisation’s chief marketing officer. Lee will be in charge of defining a sales and marketing strategy to further elevate the Chicago’s brand globally, with a mandate to capitalise on record leisure travel to Chicago and to infuse business travel strategies.

CTA President releases 2013 budget recommendations

CTA President releases 2013 budget recommendations

28 November 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool today proposed a $1.39 billion budget for 2013 that maintains current service levels, freezes base fares, and calls for modest reductions in discounts for CTA passes to bring them in line with other major U.S. cities.

Oh, what fun it is to ride and sing on the CTA holiday train

Oh, what fun it is to ride and sing on the CTA holiday train

28 November 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

Dashing through the snow and over the rail lines they go, Santa and his reindeer began their annual visit to Chicago November 23, on the CTA Holiday Train—now in its 21st year. The CTA Holiday Train is a festive and one-of-a-kind tradition that’s unique to Chicago and is a fun way to enjoy the city during the holiday season.

CTA: New offerings part of agency’s strategy to improve customer experience

CTA: New offerings part of agency’s strategy to improve customer experience

1 November 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

The Chicago Transit Board today approved a plan to add 57 new automated teller machines to all eight CTA rail lines, increasing the number of ATMs for customers by 72 percent. In addition, the Board today approved five new leases that include a new produce shop, a new pastry shop and three newsstand locations at CTA rail stations, all of which will provide additional customer conveniences for CTA’s growing ridership and assist the agency in its ongoing efforts to increase non-farebox revenue.

Mayor Emanuel hails North Red Line station renewal work progress

Mayor Emanuel hails North Red Line station renewal work progress

11 October 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool officially welcomed community members to the newly rehabilitated Argyle Red Line station, which recently reopened following a six-week closure to allow crews to perform approximately $10.1 million in much-needed maintenance and capital improvement work to the 91-year-old facility.

Chicago hotel prices spike ahead of the Ryder Cup

Chicago hotel prices spike ahead of the Ryder Cup

28 September 2012 Travel Events News Tourism News

Hotel prices around the Medinah Country Club in the suburbs of Chicago have spiked significantly ahead of the Ryder Cup this weekend. The annual golf competition – which sees the finest American players take on those of Europe – has made affordable hotel rooms difficult to come by, according to a new survey by ChicagoHotels.org.

CTA awards contract for Red Line South reconstruction

CTA awards contract for Red Line South reconstruction

25 September 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

Chicago Transit Board approved the award of a contract for the Red Line South reconstruction, one of the largest reconstruction projects in the CTA’s history and a multimillion-dollar investment in both Chicago’s South Side and the backbone of the CTA rail system.