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CTA ridership down this year

Chicago Transit Authority ridership numbers are down this year and may decline further due to the sweeping Red Line reconstruction project that began last month, according to CTA President Forrest Claypool.

The dip has caused an overall 2.6 percent, or $5.6 million, drop in revenue through April in the CTA 2013 budget. Transit officials blame the ridership decline, and subsequent loss of revenue, on the price increase in the seven-day CTA pass.

Chicago rail program a success, but future funding in doubt, officials say

Metra weighs extending service to Kendall County

Bridge work to shut northbound Tri-State from I-88 to I-90 at midnight Saturday

Mayor proposes “first of its kind” cargo center at O’Hare

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the development of a cargo center at O’Hare International Airport that would store perishable items such as flowers, food, and medicine.

On Wednesday, Emanuel introduced to the City Council the measure establishing an agreement with Chicago Perishable Center, Inc. for the operation of a 27,000 square foot center just east of O’Hare’s Terminal 5. If the measure receives the Council’s approval, the center will open next year.

As vote on parking meter agreement nears, some aldermen still hope for a buyback option

Aldermen from the Committee on Finance spent another day going over the fine print of the city’s renegotiated parking meter lease agreement.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel brokered the changes to the deal between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC for the operation of Chicago’s parking meter system. Those changes affect how the city and the company collect meter data as well as when and where drivers are charged for parking.

Bike-sharing service starts selling memberships today

RTA permit users will switch to Ventra, agency says

United Airlines restarting Boeing 787 flights Monday

Metra cops riding overtime express, with some making more in OT than regular pay

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