Coverage of the CTA and Chicago-area transportation issues, from Metra to the Chicago L to rush-hour updates.

If passed, the Chicago Rideshare Living Wage and Safety Ordinance would raise drivers’ wages, improve driver safety and create a transparent system to handle driver deactivation.
Brushing aside criticism that he has remained silent since the crash, CTA President Dorval Carter said National Transportation Safety Board rules prohibit him from commenting on the investigation. But he tried to allay speculation about a potential design flaw.
No injuries were reported and one person was inside the vehicle when it was struck, according to Metra.
The National Transportation Safety Board is focusing on CTA rail signals, railcar brakes and track conditions as it tries to determine why the train couldn’t avoid hitting the snowplow near the Howard Street station.
By 5 a.m. Tuesday, the southbound lanes will be fully reopened, IDOT says. A six-month first phase repaired surfaces, rehabbed bridges and updated paint and lights between Ohio Street and the Edens junction.
Lawmakers must consider new taxes, combining four regional transit agencies under one board and changing fee structures. The report recommends the state prop up public transit with $1.5 billion.
The suburb’s City Council approved parking bans on several streets near the airport. Violators face fines of up to $250.
The federal grant allotted is less than the $873 million the railroad sought and won’t address Amtrak’s wish list of track improvements outside the station.
Days after announcing his departure from the job growth agency known as World Business Chicago, Michael Fassnacht urged City Hall and the two major carriers to work out their differences on a massive project that started at $8.7 billion but has ballooned to $12.1 billion.
GoJet Flight 4423 and SkyWest Flight 5433 were waiting for gate space when the wingtip of one aircraft struck the other on the runway about 7 p.m. No one was hurt.
A new report finds the state needs to boost highway safety with motorcycle helmet requirements, child passenger safety rules and teen driving regulations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says BMW is recalling 486 SUVs after the driver was seriously on Oct. 23. BMW blamed a welding defect and said it is limited to a small lot of inflators.
United and American Airlines want to scale back or slow down the massive project to replace Terminal 2. Both Illinois senators and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who forged the plan with the airlines, say a deal’s a deal.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation last month that all new vehicles come with speed reduction technologies installed. Some drivers support the idea, but others have privacy concerns.
The yearly ban, in effect between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. each day from Dec. 1 to April 1, is enforced regardless of snow.
A Chicago man sued when his insurance company refused to pay for injuries his son suffered when he was hit by a driver while riding a bicycle.
The transit agencies say the plan aims to improve bus service with shorter travel times and more consistency, but some transit advocates say it lacks specifics.
The Central Market’s opening marked completion of the eight-year, $400 million Midway Modernization Program, which expanded security checkpoints and upgraded parking garages and concessions.
United and American airlines are slated to share a new “global terminal” handling both domestic and international flights — a project funded in part by airlines. But now both carriers want Mayor Brandon Johnson to alter those plans.
The ban will affect main roads from 3 a.m. through 7 a.m. each day until April 1.
About 6:25 a.m., trains in both directions began to be delayed because of frozen switches near Cicero Avenue and Congress Parkway.
The fire was reported about 7:15 a.m. Train service resumed in both directions about a half-hour after the fire, but were not stopping at the 107th Street station.
Tickets to the holiday train will cost $5 and go on sale at 7 a.m. Thursday.