President Joe Biden has officially sent to the U.S. Senate his nomination of Nuria I. Fernandez for Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the move would elevate her from Acting Administrator.
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Illinois’ major transportation revenue streams—motor fuel taxes and transit system fees—saw steep declines during the pandemic, according to an Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) report released March 25.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has unveiled plans to rebuild four stations as part of its $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project.
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.
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.
Union Pacific has resumed ticket sales along the Metra lines it operates under contract (UP North, Northwest and West) and is requiring riders to show valid tickets as they board outbound trains or arrive at the Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) in Chicago.
Amtrak and Metra have begun work on a combined $29 million construction project to upgrade the Homewood, Ill., passenger rail station. It is slated for completion in spring 2022.
Media and tech company Intersection was awarded a five-year contract with an option for a five-year extension to sell static and digital advertising for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded $16.6 million to 20 agencies nationwide to support planning projects that aim to enhance access to public transportation.
Work has begun on a project to modernize Chicago’s nearly 50-year-old Jefferson Park Blue Line Transit Center Terminal.