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Tribune Watchdog: Diesel exhaust from Metra, idling engines

Since 2010, the Chicago Tribune has been reporting 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.

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Metra riders subjected to high amounts of diesel soot

    Metra riders subjected to high amounts of diesel soot

    Tribune testing found the air trapped inside the stainless-steel cars contains levels of diesel soot up to 72 times higher than on the streets outside

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