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Regional Transportation Authority

GOP's shoving match over RTA ends with Dillard poised to win

RTA extends deadline to renew free ride permits

Dillard seeks RTA chairman’s job, but Rauner may knock effort off track

RTA marketing plan aims at seniors, 'reverse commuters'

The Regional Transportation Authority Board unanimously approved a marketing plan Wednesday that seeks to bring “non-traditional” riders to the region’s transit systems during non-peak hours.

Targeted customers will include seniors, “occasional riders” like tourists and summer festival-goers, and the 400,000 “reverse commuters” who commute to jobs outside of Chicago’s central business district.

Transit Task Force co-chair: RTA is out of chances

The Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force issued its final recommendations Monday, including a plan to scotch the Regional Transportation Authority and consolidate the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus Service into one “superagency.”

The recommendations will now go for consideration to Gov. Pat Quinn, who convened the panel, and the General Assembly. Task force members said that they were optimistic that the state Legislature, which created the RTA in the early 1970s, would adopt at least some of their recommendations.

RTA sues three more towns in sales tax war

RTA chairman: Transit Task Force not ‘interested in facts’

Regional Transportation Authority Board Chairman John Gates responded Wednesday to recommendations made by Gov. Pat Quinn’s Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force to eliminate the agency, as well as the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and PACE, and then consolidate their functions under a single entity.

Under the current model of governance, each of the four agencies has its own board and executive staff. The task force called for the creation of one consolidated agency, where the CTA, Metra and Pace would be “operating divisions” without autonomous leadership.

Gates stepping down as RTA chair

John Gates Jr. only has a handful of meetings left as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority Board. Gates, who has served in the elected post for four years, will not seek reelection to the seat when his term expires this summer.

“For the last eight years, I have spent the majority of my time in government service,” said Gates, who was previously chairman of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, at Wednesday’s board meeting. “I don’t feel like I can commit the kind of time I am committing to this over the next five years.”

Ridership on CTA, Metra, Pace rose 1.9 percent from 2008-2012

Quinn’s transit task force bemoans ‘fragmented’ status quo

A governor’s task force gave initial recommendations Monday on how to improve the performance of the Chicago region’s beleaguered transit systems.