Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday defended the Chicago Transit Authority's plan to close its budget deficit largely through union contract negotiations.The CTA is proposing changes to union work rules that it says would save the agency $160 million to avoid fare increases and service cuts.
The head of the Chicago Transit Authority says no fare increases and service cuts are slated for next year under a proposed budget that would close the agency's more than $250 million deficit.CTA President Forrest Claypool proposed a $1.24 billion budget for 2012 - a five percent reduction from last
The Chicago Transit Authority cut more than 200 jobs, the agency announced on Monday.The move comes as the CTA is preparing to release its 2012 budget. The CTA is also revising its sick and vacation policies, according to a released statement.
The head of the union representing Chicago Transit Authority rail workers says he doesn't believe union members are completely to blame for CTA budget problems.CTA president Forrest Claypool said Tuesday that the agency is short $277 million heading into 2012, due to union contracts he said give wor
The Chicago Transit Authority is planning to install hundreds of electronic bus trackers at high-traffic stops throughout the city.The $3.7 million project will equip 400 bus shelters with LED screens to inform riders when the next bus is scheduled to appear.
All this week, WBEZ is looking at Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor.One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost.
Chicago's adding 50 full-time police officers to patrol Chicago Transit Authority trains and bus stations. City officials say the officers will be drawn from the Chicago Police Academy and should be in place by next spring.