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03/31/14 Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and Pace
By Marni Pyke - A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. "The RTA has got to go," said civic leader George Ranney, who... FULL STORY
03/29/14 O'Hare service opening Sunday on Blue Line
By Marni Pyke - The CTA's Blue Line O'Hare Station will reopen around 2 p.m. Sunday. Service between O'Hare and Rosemont has been closed since a eight-car train crashed into an escalator early in the morning March 24. FULL STORY
03/28/14 Ex-Metra CEO trades Windy City for West Coast
By Marni Pyke - Metra's former CEO Alex Clifford is headed back to the Sunshine State after a lively introduction to Illinois politics. His sooner than expected departure likely means Metra will save thousands in a separation agreement. FULL STORY
03/27/14 Expert says safety devices might not have given train time enough to brake
By Marni Pyke - What does the CTA's intention of allowing more space for a device that triggers the brakes in trains heading into the O'Hare station say about conditions before a serious crash Monday? FULL STORY
03/26/14 Ex-Metra CEO heads back to California for transit job
By Marni Pyke - A pivotal figure in Metra's patronage scandal last summer may be leaving Chicago soon. Former CEO Alex Clifford could be headed back to California for a transit leadership job pending a vote this week. FULL STORY
03/26/14 TSA officer on train's driver: ‘She should have been fired'
By Marni Pyke - As a Transportation Security Administration officer, Milka Overton's job is to keep people safe. Yet on her way to work Monday, Overton found herself in danger aboard the CTA Blue Line train that crashed at O'Hare -- and she... FULL STORY
03/25/14 Surveillance video shows CTA Blue Line crash
By Marni Pyke - In case of an emergency, a CTA train operator can push a red button to trigger powerful electromagnetic brakes that could have stopped the lead car of a Blue Line train from catapulting onto an escalator Monday at the O'Hare station.The fact... FULL STORY
03/24/14 Acting RTA chief aims for policy over politics
By Marni Pyke - It's not the most optimal time to lead the Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA has drawn a growing number of critics, and a powerful state panel is wondering if the agency even needs to exist. But Leanne Redden, the RTA's new interim... FULL STORY
03/24/14 Safety systems, operator scrutinized after CTA crash
By Marni Pyke - An automatic braking system like one scheduled to be installed by next year on some railroads might have helped stop a CTA train from derailing and flying onto an escalator at O'Hare International Airport Monday morning, investigators say. FULL STORY
03/22/14 Metra considers cameras at gate crossings
By Marni Pyke - Metra could install surveillance cameras at problematic railway crossings to deter drivers for ignoring lowered gates and warning bells. FULL STORY
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