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KickingTiresHave you ever wondered how much it costs to commute in a plug-in car versus a hybrid or a gas-only model? After we published our exclusive comparison test among three different plug-in electric vehicles, many people asked us to test......
Chicago's first two-way protected bike lanes have been in place for six months through the center of downtown on Dearborn Street, and the experience so far has led city officials to conclude that all cyclists really need to obey traffic laws are signals...
Divvy, the new rental bicycle that Chicago's transportation chief predicts will become a popular "bike taxi" option for short trips, made its debut for test rides at Bike the Drive on Sunday. The Divvy show-and-tell during the once-a-year morning...
Good theater can make the strange familiar. Great theater usually makes the familiar strange. And for someone like me who has worked on Michigan Avenue for years, what is more familiar than the city of Chicago? A city one thinks one knows, having lived...
A little more than two years ago, the curtain lifted on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-led Citizen Musician initiative, and CSO Association President Deborah Rutter told an overflow crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center: “All of you are citizen...
It's safe to say that nobody knows what to expect from this year's Taste of Chicago. Stripped down to five days from its usual 10, the number of food vendors trimmed to 40 (compared with 59 in 2011) and separated from its traditional Fourth of July...
Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said. Based on intelligence that al-Qaida might attempt to strike again in the U.S.,...
Spring is in the air, and starting Monday so are service changes affecting some CTA bus routes and the Blue Line. There is some good and some bad, from the viewpoint of riders who will either gain or lose service. From the perspective of CTA service...
Savings have been kicked up another notch for participants in the commuter benefits program, which can put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket each year in connection with the costs to ride the CTA, Metra, Pace and the South Shore Line to work, or...
If you are a CTA or Metra rider who is miffed about paying more to ride buses and trains next year, those higher fares represent only one relatively minor worry for Chicago-area transit customers, according to a new study by DePaul University. It...
A new commuter challenge might be just the ticket if you are driving to work nearly every day and see the pros increasingly outweighed by the cons. Perhaps you, family and friends would break free from the routine that wastes time, gas and money in...
Major events are circled on the Getting Around transportation calendar as 2012 crosses over into 2013, and the first big one is scheduled to take effect by Friday, when drivers flock back to Lower Wacker Drive. The reopening of the complete stretch of...
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