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O’Hare’s June on-time performance dead last among major airports

O’Hare International Airport’s on-time performance came in dead last among 29 major U.S. airports in the month of June, new federal data released Thursday showed. O’Hare dropped in both its rank among other airports and its on-time rate -- and for both departures and arrivals …

Illinois No. 4 in nation for rush-hour highway congestion

Illinois expressways are jammed with the fourth-worst rush-hour congestion in the nation, a new report released Thursday indicates.

Chicago is second city in Bicycling Magazine’s rankings

Bicycling Magazine has named Chicago the No. 2 city in the nation for biking, an improvement from the Windy City’s last ranking of No. 5.

The second-place spot is a feather in the bike helmet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a cycling enthusiast who owns a …

Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange


Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange.

Cars expected to swarm tollway this Labor Day as gas prices drop


This Labor Day weekend may well be the Illinois Tollway’s busiest ever just as Chicago area gas prices travel downward. U.S. motorists Wednesday were paying on average 11 cents a gallon less for regular unleaded gas than a year ago, and the lowest prices in …

Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday.

State Street repaving is first major re-do in Loop since mall was removed

Chicago’s iconic State Street will get a $650,000 face lift starting sometime after Labor Day, with repaving to conclude before the Chicago Marathon on Oct 12. Repaving from Van Buren to Wacker should begin at some point after Labor Day — Sep. 1 — and …

Tollway to test new technology at I-Pass lanes on Tri-State


Starting next year, cars and trucks that exit the Touhy Avenue I-Pass toll booth lanes on the Tri-State Tollway will automatically drive through a tollway testing site 1500 feet later that officials say will be the first of its kind in the nation. Under a $2.7 million project announced Wednesday, the “living laboratory” will allow Tollway officials to try out new tolling options.

When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls

The interchange will be the Tollway’s first interstate-to-interstate connection without toll booths on the main roadway for customers who wish to pay tolls in cash. This first phase of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway Interchange project is scheduled for completion in October.

Ald. Ameya Pawar trying to restart service on No. 11 bus route


He posted an online survey Wednesday as part of a campaign to resurrect part of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus route that was killed off in 2012.

Noted artist to create $200K public artwork for Wilson CTA station

Cecil Balmond, who was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books. He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture.

Pilsen activists worry ‘bomb trains’ are traveling through neighborhood

Activists concerned that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be travelling through densely populated Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are demanding that government officials release the routes of such trains — as well as all evacuation plans in the event of an explosion.

Upgrade to wireless network in CTA subways could be OK’d next week


A one-year project to upgrade erratic wireless communication in the CTA’s 22 miles of underground tunnels could begin as early as November if an $18.9 million contract for the work is approved next week.

The CTA on Thursday announced that Aldridge Electric has been selected …

Speed cameras to be installed in 12 new areas


The city has named 12 new locations it will install speed cameras at through the fall. Currently there are 92 speed cameras installed near 43 schools and parks.

Holiday road trips — and summer gas prices — highest in years


Nearly 35 million U.S. drivers will be taking road trips this 4th of July holiday weekend — the highest number since 2007 — and they will be paying the price for it. Nationally, gas prices were at a six-year high for this time of year, hitting a U.S. average Tuesday of $3.68 a gallon for unleaded regular, according to AAA officials and the travel company’s daily fuel gage report. Average regular gasoline prices were even higher Tuesday in Illinois, at $3.83; in the Chicago metro area, at $3.98; and in Chicago, at $4.23.

Beware: Kennedy Expressway may be anything but this weekend


Chicagoans may have survived — or avoided — “Carmageddon” last weekend, but drivers are again being advised to take other routes, or expect delays this weekend on the Kennedy Expressway.