Mary Wisniewski

Columnist Chicago TribuneWriter

Mary Wisniewski is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in 2016 after stints as a general news reporter at Reuters and transportation reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has won numerous journalism awards, including a 2010 Lisagor for a story on the city’s cab business. A Chicago-area native, she played with model trains as a kid. Her biography of writer Nelson Algren is scheduled to be published in October by Chicago Review Press.

Recent Articles

  • Aumentos en las tarifas de la CTA a la vista

    Aumentos en las tarifas de la CTA a la vista

    Las tarifas de autobuses y trenes subirían 25 centavos el próximo año según una propuesta de presupuesto publicada el miércoles por la Autoridad de Tránsito de Chicago (CTA), sería el primer aumento desde 2009. El aumento ayudaría a llenar un deficit de más de $33 millones causado, en parte, por...

  • CTA plans $23 million in budget cuts; fare hikes likely

    CTA plans $23 million in budget cuts; fare hikes likely

    The CTA will announce its proposed 2018 budget on Wednesday afternoon, which will include $23 million in budget cuts and new revenues, and will likely also include some kind of fare hike. The CTA has to erase a $33 million-plus deficit caused by a reduction in state funding. Agency officials they...

  • Transit-centric communities sprouting in the suburbs

    Transit-centric communities sprouting in the suburbs

    A strip mall on Main Street in west suburban Bartlett represents a leading 1970s and ’80s suburban style — a broad asphalt parking lot fronting a squat, brown row of single-story storefronts. It’s practical for drivers, but nothing you’d want to walk past. Next door is the future of suburban downtown...

  • Any CTA fare hike could hurt ridership, advocates say

    Any CTA fare hike could hurt ridership, advocates say

    It looks likely that the CTA will include a fare hike in its proposed budget next week to make up for a loss in state funding. It’s unknown what an increase might look like — if it would be for all types of rides, or rail only, or for regular fares but not passes. But any rate hike carries the...

  • CTA should raise fares to balance budget: RTA boss

    CTA should raise fares to balance budget: RTA boss

    In what could be a sign that a CTA fare hike is likely, the head of the Regional Transportation Authority warned the transit agency that it should join Metra and Pace in raising 2018 fares — or risk massive service cuts. Leanne Redden, executive director of the state agency that oversees the three...

  • CTA, Metra rules don't stop tradition of platform politics

    CTA, Metra rules don't stop tradition of platform politics

    It’s autumn in Chicago — time for red leaves, too-early Christmas decorations and activists with clipboards gathering signatures to get on the March primary ballot. Favorite spots for signature-fishing are CTA and Metra platforms, where aspiring candidates can find a captive audience of local voters,...

  • Metra board OKs fare hikes, service cuts for next year — and warns there could be more

    Metra board OKs fare hikes, service cuts for next year — and warns there could be more

    Metra riders will see fare hikes and service cuts next year, part of the transit agency’s 2018 budget that was approved Friday. Officials also warned that more service cuts and fare hikes could be coming next year, unless state funding improves. Adult and reduced-fare one-way tickets will rise...

  • CTA hopes to spend ride-sharing fees on rail, safety fixes

    CTA hopes to spend ride-sharing fees on rail, safety fixes

    The CTA president on Thursday said he hopes to use new fees tacked on to ride-share trips to pay for rail system improvements, as well as for better security cameras and lighting at stations. Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the City Council to OK a 15-cent fee hike on Uber and Lyft rides next year to...

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