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Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have been hit with a major snowstorm for the beginning of 2014. As of Jan. 2, 2014, there are over 16 inches of snow and the snowfall continues. The National Weather Service warns of continued hazardous weather conditions, particularly for Cook County and Will County. The snow accumulation and bitter cold makes for hazardous travel so the NWS discourages travel during the winter storm.

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Following is a listing of links with information about public transportation and travel conditions in Illinois, Chicago and in the Chicago area. Check the sites for information about public transportation options and schedules, as well as potential delays

Getting Around Illinois offers information about Winter Road Conditions in the Chicago area and throughout the state of Illinois. The site also has information about road closures and city Interstates.

The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) offers commuter trip planner providing Chicago area commuters with information on which buses or trains to take as well as travel alerts.

Pace Suburban Bus provides route, schedule and fare information for bus service in the suburbs of Chicago. Pace advises that during times of heavy snowfall, passengers should to allow extra time for travel. Buses may be delayed during bad weather conditions. Use extra caution when accessing bus stops and boarding or alighting buses during wet and slippery conditions.

The Metra Rail website provides information on the rail system and service updates. Metra advises that during severe weather conditions there may be service delays beyond their control. For line specific service alerts, sign up for updates at the Metra website.

The Chicago Transit Authority provides bus and El service in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Their web site provides routes, schedules, fares, connections and visitor information.

Lake County Passage is an Intelligent Transportation System designed to provide motorists real time traffic congestion information due to crashes and construction events. These events are communicated through the police department's Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that is sent directly to the Transportation Management Center (TMC), then communicated back to highway users PASSAGE Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1620 AM, and variable message signs.

Travel Midwest is a voluntary organization with active members from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Illinois Tollway, the Skyway Concession Company LLC, and the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company LLC.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation supports all forms of transportation in Wisconsin's network of state highways and Interstate highway system.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has responsibility for planning, construction and maintenance of Illinois' extensive transportation network, which encompasses, highways and bridges, airports, public transit, rail freight and rail passenger systems.

TMA of Lake Cook is a volunteer organization that provides information designed to improve the quality of business commutes in Lake and Cook Counties.

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