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

  • Pace board approves 25-cent fare hike for 2018

    Pace board approves 25-cent fare hike for 2018

    The Pace board of directors approved a budget on Wednesday that will raise fares next year by a quarter a ride. Pace, the bus service primarily serving the suburbs, has not had an overall fare hike since 2009. The increase approved Wednesday will apply to both regular and paratransit fares. Fares...

  • Construction begins on battered stretch of Milwaukee

    Construction begins on battered stretch of Milwaukee

    It took almost 10 years, but road reconstruction has begun on a battered and bumpy stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The delay on this and other projects citywide can be traced to state and federal budget issues, one city official said this week. The...

  • Extra-alarm fire tears through River West building, no one hurt

    Extra-alarm fire tears through River West building, no one hurt

    Firefighters Monday returned to the scene of a late night extra-alarm fire that gutted a building in the River West neighborhood. The blaze started around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at 695 N. Milwaukee Ave. and was elevated to a 2-11 alarm, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. No one was...

  • As buses slow and ridership sinks, advocates look for ways to lure commuters back

    As buses slow and ridership sinks, advocates look for ways to lure commuters back

    Bus ridership in Chicago and throughout the country has been sinking. How do you get more people to ditch road-clogging cars and get back on the bus? How about more bus-only lanes, so buses don’t get stuck in traffic and crawl along like snails on a road paved with peanut butter? Or boarding at...

  • Trump's roads and bridges plan paved with funding questions, Rep. Lipinski says

    Trump's roads and bridges plan paved with funding questions, Rep. Lipinski says

    A meeting this week between lawmakers and President Donald Trump’s special assistant for infrastructure policy raised questions about how to pay for road and bridge projects, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, an Illinois Democrat. “I’m not sure how this is going to work,” Lipinski, who is the...

  • Ex-Metra officer charged with battery, perjury

    Ex-Metra officer charged with battery, perjury

    A former Metra police officer has been charged with aggravated battery and perjury after video showed he had used what appeared to be excessive force during an arrest, according to Metra. David Robertson, 50, appeared in Cook County bond court Monday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance,...

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