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Tribune Watchdog: Diesel exhaust from Metra, idling engines

See Chicago Tribune reports on high levels of diesel soot at Metra stations and on train cars, as well as spikes of pollution near buses idling for long periods in violation of city law.

  • EPA testing finds dirty air on Union Station platforms

    EPA testing finds dirty air on Union Station platforms

    Confirming what Chicago-area commuters have experienced for years, federal regulators have documented spikes of lung- and heart-damaging pollution in the acrid blue clouds that hover between diesel locomotives at Union Station. In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • Union Station air tested by EPA for diesel pollution

    Union Station air tested by EPA for diesel pollution

    Prompted by ongoing complaints about noxious diesel exhaust at Union Station, federal authorities are testing the air at Chicago's busiest commuter center to build a case for a potential legal crackdown. During the next month, investigators from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be...

  • Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station

    Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station

    Thousands of commuters continue to breathe high levels of lung-damaging diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station, in part because of nagging maintenance problems at the Old Post Office that straddles the southbound tracks. Testing by Amtrak has determined that ventilation fans at the shuttered...

  • Metra moves to clean the air for its passengers, workers

    Metra moves to clean the air for its passengers, workers

    Metra announced Friday that it is installing more efficient air filters on its train cars and switching to cleaner fuel for its locomotives to help reduce commuter exposure to toxic diesel fumes. Responding to a Tribune investigation, the rail service also said it is upgrading more of its locomotives...

  • Metra finds 'alarming' pollution on some trains

    Metra finds 'alarming' pollution on some trains

    Metra's own testing of toxic diesel exhaust inside its passenger coaches shows the transit agency's pollution problems are more extensive and worrisome than it has publicly disclosed, according to records obtained by the Tribune. A summary of tests conducted in response to a Tribune investigation...

  • City aldermen set hearings on lax enforcement of anti-idling laws

    City aldermen set hearings on lax enforcement of anti-idling laws

    Two Chicago aldermen are demanding to know why police and other city officials largely are ignoring laws that ban excessive idling by diesel buses and trucks. In response to a Tribune investigation, Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and Virginia Rugai, 19th, announced Wednesday that they will hold hearings...

  • City's anti-idling law not being enforced

    Lots of smoke, noise — but not much action on diesel engine idling

    As fans left Wrigley Field after a late-season Cubs loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, they were greeted by clouds of noxious diesel exhaust from charter buses idling outside the ballpark, some for nearly an hour. On another fall afternoon, three tour buses sat parked and running outside the Trump...

  • Metra completes air quality testing on the Rock Island District line

    Metra completes air quality testing on the Rock Island District line

    Metra has completed testing the air quality on the first of its train lines in response to a Tribune investigation that found the amount of diesel soot lingering in the air steadily increases as commuters walk deeper into Union Station or the Ogilvie Transportation Center and then onto trains....

  • Metra to test air in trains, on platforms

    Metra to test air in trains, on platforms

    Metra officials knew they had a chronic problem with blue clouds of diesel exhaust hovering inside Chicago's two major rail stations. But transit officials said Tuesday that they hadn't realized the lung- and heart-damaging pollution is being sucked into the stainless-steel train cars that carry...

  • Clearing the air on Metra pollution

    Durbin calls for probe of rail fumes

    Metra says it doesn't have enough money to replace its oldest, dirtiest locomotives, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday nudged the transit agency to find ways to clear the air in Chicago's soot-choked rail stations and inside the train cars that carry commuters. Prompted by a Tribune investigation...

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