Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

Chicago, IL 60661


About Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)


567 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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The CTA covers the city of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs.

Products and Press Releases


CTA to construct new Harlem Blue Line station bus bridge

Feb. 15, 2024
The steel and concrete elevated bus bridge spans the entire width of the Kennedy Expressway and serves as a bus boarding area, featuring a five-lane bus bay with a canopy, as ...
Fare Collection Equipment

CTA testing next generation bus farebox system

Feb. 9, 2024
The updated system will report ridership data and revenue and identify farebox defects to help the CTA improve the efficiency of the agency's data collection.
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Safety & Security

Chicago Police Department working to extinguish smoking on CTA

Feb. 8, 2024
To improve the CTA travel environment, the CPD is cracking down on sited smokers found in CTA properties.

CTA aims to double hiring of Rail Flaggers during 2024

Jan. 22, 2024
A Rail Flagger position is a steppingstone to becoming a CTA Rapid Transit/Train Operator; CTA’s first job fair of 2024 will be held Jan. 26.
Safety & Security

CTA customer satisfaction improves throughout 2023

Jan. 12, 2024
Since launching the Meeting the Moment Action Plan in August 2022, all key performance indicators for bus and rail service have shown measurable improvement in customer satisfaction...

CTA resumes operations on Yellow Line after Nov. 16 incident

Jan. 8, 2024
To support the reopening, the CTA outlined several interim safety enhancements on the Yellow Line, including reduced speeds, track cleaning, enhanced operations communications...

CTA highlights ability to work with and create opportunities for Disadvantaged and/or Small Business Enterprises

Dec. 28, 2023
In 2023, CTA was able to connect DBEs and SBEs with $171.6 million in contracting awards to 84 certified firms, an 11 percent increase from 2022.

CTA Board of Directors authorizes plans for ‘Innovation Studio’ to address public transit challenges

Dec. 15, 2023
The Innovation Studio will allow for the creation of an internal review panel consisting of representatives from a variety of CTA departments to evaluate proposals for feasibility...
Intelligent Transportation Systems

CTA to launch customer reference chatbox in partnership with Google Public Sector

Dec. 6, 2023
The Chat with CTA chatbot will give riders quicker access to CTA’s website, providing answer to riders' questions and concerns within minutes.

CTA puts two new Red and Purple elevated track structures between Belmont and Addison Stations into service as part of RPM Phase One Project

Dec. 5, 2023
The work allows CTA to begin the final phase of construction for the project, which includes fully rebuilding the remaining two, century-old Red and Purple elevated tracks.

Articles & News

Safety & Security

NTSB releases preliminary report of CTA Yellow Line accident

Dec. 13, 2023
NTSB says it will continue its investigation into the CTA’s signal system, braking system and the organic material found on top of the running rails.

NTSB preliminary data shows design flaw in braking system of CTA Yellow Line train accident

Nov. 20, 2023
The accident injured 38 people when a Yellow Line train collided with a piece of snow equipment that was on the track for training.
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A rendering of what the rebuilt CTA Lawrence Red Line Station will look like following completion of Stage B of the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project.

Final major stage of CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization Phase One to begin July 28

July 17, 2023
Stage B of the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project will see the construction of four new Red Line stations, as well as the reconstruction of a section of track structure...
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A rendering of the future Argyle Station that will be rebuilt as part of Stage B of the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project that will begin this summer.

CTA ready to start Stage B of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project this summer

June 1, 2023
The work is part of the authority’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project and includes new, accessible stations, as well as improvements to deteriorated structures...
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FTA officials joined GCRTA at an event to mark the awarding of a $130 million grant that will allow the authority to purchase up to rail cars.

FTA awards more than $700 million to six agencies for rail car replacement

The first-time grants were awarded through FTA’s Rail Vehicle Replacement Program, which targets replacement of aging rail cars responsible for service delays and increased maintenance...
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Four transit agencies were recognized on April 21, 2023, Earth Day, for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints by the Federal Transit Administration.

FTA recognizes four transit agencies with climate challenge awards

April 21, 2023
New York MTA, CTA, Everett Transit and MVTA earned the honors by participating in the FTA’s challenge that developed strategies to reduce emissions.
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CTA holds hiring fair to kick off Second Chance Month

April 10, 2023
The month promotes the importance agencies, individuals and communities play in supporting the safe and successful reentry of people returning from incarceration.
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Before and after: The LaSalle-Van Buren station in Chicago before CTA crews performed work associated with the authority's Refresh & Renew Program and after.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

CTA targets 29 stations for sprucing up in 2023 ‘Refresh & Renew’ Program

April 7, 2023
The program is designed to keep stations in a state of good repair and improve the transit environment for both employees and riders.
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CTA signed an MOU with the U.S. Army to become part of its Partnership for Your Success Program, which is a recruitment initiative that helps Army veterans transition back to civilian life and jobs.

CTA and U.S. Army sign MOU to recruit veterans

The Army’s Partnership for Your Success Program prepares soldiers for careers outside of the military.
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Fare Collection

Fare system developments: NCTD, BMO Financial, Pace and CTA

Feb. 16, 2023
Northern San Diego County, Calif., Coaster customers, Canadian transit riders and Chicago region transit users will be able to take advantage of new discounts, new fare options...

Videos & Resources

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Mass Transit Weekly Update 6/10/2016

June 10, 2016
This week's transit update includes a look at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Community Transit, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Chicago Transit Authority ...
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Mass Transit Weekly Update 6/3/2016

June 3, 2016
This week's update features videos from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), The Rapid, Metropolitan Tranist Authority of Harris County (Metro), Valley Metro and the California...
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Fare Collection

CTA News in Review - March 2014

April 14, 2014
A look back at CTA news for March 2014.
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CTA News In Review - July 2013

Aug. 13, 2013
A look at the July news for CTA, including an update on the Ventra card, reconstruction updates for the Red and Brown lines and reporting that absenteeism rates have dropped since...

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CTA, CDOT launch Chicago's first Better Streets for Buses Plan

Dec. 1, 2023
The plan lays the groundwork for improved bus services citywide through ongoing investments in street, signal and sidewalk infrastructure.

Chicago Transit Board approves CTA’s 2024 operating budget

Nov. 16, 2023
The budget will keep all fares at current levels, maintain the delivery of existing bus and rail services and anticipates adding more service to meet growing ridership demand....
Pace Suburban Bus

Pace celebrates launch of Pulse Dempster Line

Nov. 13, 2023
The Pulse Dempster Line provides premium bus service with limited stops, modern stations and frequent service every 15 to 20 minutes.
Safety & Security

CTA begins installments of new ADA compliant faregates

Nov. 13, 2023
The new faregates are part of ongoing efforts by the CTA to enhance the customer experience and expand accessibility to all its riders.

CTA releases proposed $1.99 billion 2024 operating budget

Oct. 20, 2023
The proposed operating budget by the CTA takes into account the operating costs of maintaining the current fare levels and accessibility to riders, as well as makes room for plans...
Safety & Security

CTA launches awareness campaign on dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks

Oct. 18, 2023
The campaign features a series of messages warning of the dangers of activities and complements CTA’s existing rail safety information at every rail station and in every rail ...
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CTA’s RLE Project to receive another $100 million in federal funding

Oct. 13, 2023
The funding comes from the federal CMAQ/Carbon Reduction Program and moves the project closer to the CTA’s goal of breaking ground in 2025.
Safety & Security

CTA crime continues downward trend in September

Oct. 12, 2023
Overall transit crime is down 12 percent year to date, as well as a 12 percent drop compared to September 2022 and violent crime is down nine percent year to date.
Maulik Vaishnav joins RTA team as senior deputy executive director of planning and capital programming

RTA of Northern Illinois appoints Maulik Vaishnav as senior deputy executive director of planning and capital programming

Vaishnav will coordinate with the CTA, Metra, Pace, other government entities, civic partners and department staff to support regional and local planning and programs.