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08/27/11 Metra's future looks pricier for riders
By Marni Pyke - Metra's Citizens Advisory Board met on Friday to discuss a proposed hike in fares and service reductions.Board member Christian Gutierrez, who represents DuPage County, said passengers could be willing to pay more, "if there is better service." The... FULL STORY
08/26/11 Senior transit card switch hits snag
By Marni Pyke - Mixups in senior transit cards mean the RTA could push forward a Thursday deadline ending the free rides program. FULL STORY
08/26/11 Will tollway expansion create 120,000 jobs?
By Marni Pyke - Tollway directors say 120,000 permanent jobs and 13,000 temporary construction jobs will result from their vote Thursday to nearly double tolls. But predicting job creation numbers isn't an exact science, experts say. FULL STORY
08/25/11 Drivers pay higher tolls starting Jan. 1
By Marni Pyke - Tollway drivers will pay nearly double current rates starting Jan. 1 after Illinois tollway directors approved a massive $12 billion, 15-year capital program on Thursday. FULL STORY
08/25/11 Toll hike likely, but rival plan to be debated, too
By Marni Pyke - All indications are drivers should prepare for a rate hike Jan. 1. But before tollway directors vote on the issue possibly today, a debate is expected on an alternate plan by Director Bill Morris of Grayslake. The key difference between the two is... FULL STORY
08/24/11 Quinn backs toll hike
By Marni Pyke - Gov. Pat Quinn came out strongly in favor of a toll increase to pay for a major public works program. "Clearly there is public support to make sure we do this and do it right," Quinn said. FULL STORY
08/23/11 RTA sues to stop 'tax havens'
By Marni Pyke - The Regional Transportation Authority is suing Channahon and Kankakee, alleging they are acting as tax havens for companies that improperly allow millions of dollars in sales taxes to be diverted from Metra, Pace and the CTA. FULL STORY
08/23/11 Hearings concluded, toll increase vote could come Thursday
By Eric Peterson and Marni Pyke - Illinois tollway leaders signaled they'll vote on proposed toll hikes this week as a series of tempestuous public hearings concluded in the suburbs. "About 85 percent (of people) have expressed support for the plan," tollway Chairman Paula... FULL STORY
08/22/11 Which road trip song will cruise to victory?
By Marni Pyke - A need to speed goes hand-in-hand with a good tune. Vote in our Best Road Trip Song ever contest today. FULL STORY
08/22/11 RTA may announce lawsuit today ?on tax havensTuesday
By Marni Pyke - The Regional Transportation Authority holds a press conference today and is expected to announce it's suing to prevent companies headquartered in the metro region from moving their sales offices downstate to counties with lower taxes. FULL STORY
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