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Bucky's Express gas station in Hoffman Estates is selling premium gasoline for $4.71 a gallon. (Mary Rakoczy/TribLocal)

Gas prices: Can you top that?

Shelling out wads of cash to fill up the car can make any jaw-dropped driver gulp. Next time you top off at the pump, see … Read more ›

Tollway plugs in electric car charging stations

Gov. Pat Quinn today joined officials with the Illinois Tollway to highlight a network of electric car charging stations that are being installed across the … Read more ›

(Tribune illustration / March 13, 2012)

Metra reports improved on-time performance

Metra said today that trains on its 11 lines were on-time 97.4 percent of the time last month. That overall on-time percentage would rank February … Read more ›

From the community

Yuk, what is that smell? Odors are clues to what ails your car

To properly maintain your vehicle, it helps to arm yourself with some basic knowledge about your car’s proper operation and maintenance so that you’ll recognize … Read more ›

Chicago transportation costs low — depending on where you live

Transportation costs per household in the Chicago region are among the lowest in the U.S., but those expenses increase dramatically for families who live in … Read more ›

Tollway to webcast bid openings

Beginning Thursday, the Illinois Tollway will begin hosting live webcasts of all construction contract bid openings, giving the public and contractors the ability to watch … Read more ›

From the community

Don’t let bad shocks shock you with additional repair costs

It’s shocking to imagine a drive in your car without a suspension system. Every bump and crack in the road would transfer from the chassis … Read more ›

From the community

An automotive tune up more than pays for itself in mileage and repairs.

Cars now days don’t require a tune-up as often as their ancestors did. Each vehicle is different. Check with your owner’s manual or mechanic to … Read more ›

A Pace bus drops students off Wednesday morning at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

McHenry County bus program relaunched as MCRide

Changes to the McHenry County dial-a-ride program have been met with mixed reviews from commuters dependent on the service for their daily travels. The bus … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›