Chicago Transit Authority

Metra leaders report that without additional COVID-related financial assistance, the commuter rail agency “will need to cut expenses by $70 million next year.”

Metra Board Signs Off on 2021 Budget

Chicago’s Metra commuter rail agency is moving its Board-approved $700 million operating budget and $386.8 million capital program for 2021 to the Regional Transportation Authority for final approval. RTA’s Board will review them as part of a consolidated budget for the area’s public transit systems, including Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Pace Suburban Bus.

CTA 7000 Series Tests Under Way

The Chicago Transit Authority’s first 7000 Series rapid transit cars have begun testing. The prototype married pair in the photo, consisting of car nos. 7005 and 7006, began EMI and brake testing on CTA’s North Side Main Line on Oct. 7.