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Regional Transportation Authority

RTA to launch inquiry into Metra issues during cold snap

The Regional Transit Authority will look into the causes of inefficiencies in its Metra rail system that arose during last week’s cold snap, officials said at the agency’s board meeting on Wednesday.

Commuters who use the rail line were subject to delays, cancellations and cramped cars in recent weeks when temperatures in the area dropped into negative numbers. The extreme weather caused widespread maintenance issues for the Metra system, which operates 241 stations on 11 lines in the Chicagoland region. 

RTA audit finds CTA’s finances won't be significantly damaged by Ventra problems

An audit by the Regional Transportation Authority released Wednesday concluded that the Chicago Transit Authority will not suffer “significant” financial losses from its controversial rollout of the Ventra fare payment system. RTA auditor Michael Zumach told members of the RTA Board Wednesday that money lost as a result of Ventra in CTA’s 2013 or 2014 budgets will be “negligible.”

RTA Board chairman: Search for new leader might take a ‘few months’

The Regional Transportation Authority Board approved on Wednesday the selection of an interim executive director to replace departing head Joseph Costello, but indicated that a state transit task force’s investigation could delay the agency's efforts to find a permanent replacement.

“We will convene a subcommittee of this board to begin a search, as is customary, for a permanent executive director,” Board Chairman John Gates said at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting. “I guess because of all the controversy surrounding transit going on in Springfield, that will take a few months.”

RTA executive involved in state harassment probe steps down

RTA launching probe of Ventra problems

RTA Board approves final Metra settlement audit report, begins to look for ways to recoup settlement money

Regional Transportation Authority Board members on Wednesday signed off on the agency’s final audit of Metra’s settlement with former Metra CEO Alex Clifford. According to testimony at Wednesday’s meeting, the agencies will now focus on how to offset payments to Clifford.

Clifford resigned in June pursuant to a severance agreement worth up to $871,000. Metra approved the agreement to avoid a potential lawsuit that the former CEO had threatened to file against the agency.

RTA Board chairman seeks additional borrowing power after Moody's downgrades CTA

After the Chicago Transit Authority was hit with a lower bond rating from Moody’s Investors Services on Friday, the chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority Board is arguing that the RTA should be given additional authority to borrow on behalf of the three transit agencies it oversees.

RTA spending more than $670,000 on spin control

Rift at RTA causes agency to again miss state deadline

RTA misses budget deadline as CTA, Metra squabble