CTA President releases 2013 budget recommendations
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
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.
Expanded CTA surveillance program results greater security on transit system
The Chicago Transit Authority’s expanded camera network, completed late last year, has proven successful in detecting crime patterns and serial offenders in both reported and unreported crimes, and has led to the apprehension of offenders through real-time, remote policing missions, CTA President Forrest Claypool said.
CTA: New offerings part of agency’s strategy to improve customer experience
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.
CTA adds additional door chime feature to newest rail
The Chicago Transit Board approved an important upgrade to its newest 5000 series rail cars that will benefit visually impaired customers. Chimes will be added to let passengers know when doors are opening, in addition to the chimes that now play when doors are closing.
CTA: Lawrence Red Line Station to temporarily close
Lawrence Red Line station will be temporarily closed from today until Friday, November 30, while crews perform renovation work as part of the $86 million Red North Interim Station Improvement project. The Lawrence station is the sixth of seven stations to be rehabilitated under this program.
Mayor Emanuel hails North Red Line station renewal work progress
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.
Mayor Emanuel offers first look at planned Wilson CTA station
Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the design renderings for the planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station, one of the largest CTA ‘L’ station projects in the agency’s history.
CTA introduces Ventra: CTA and Pace’s new way to pay
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Pace unveiled Ventra™, a new fare payment system that will provide CTA and Pace customers with a new and more convenient way to pay for train and bus rides.
CTA announce 16 consecutive months of CTA ridership growth
Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced today that ridership on the Chicago Transit Authority continued its upward trend in the first six months of 2012—with June marking the 16th consecutive month of ridership increases.