Tribune investigation: Diesel exhaust

Tribune investigation: Diesel exhaust

Read ongoing 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.

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

10:34 AM EST, February 6, 2012

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.

Metra moves to clean the air for its passengers, workers

8:20 PM EST, January 14, 2011

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.

Metra finds 'alarming' pollution on some trains

8:49 AM EST, February 14, 2011

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.

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

9:06 PM EST, December 8, 2010

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.

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

7:16 PM EST, November 21, 2010

City's anti-idling law not being enforced

In Chicago, just 34 tickets in four years were issued to drivers of diesel-powered vehicles for violating time limits.

Metra completes air quality testing on the Rock Island District line

November 20, 2010

Update: Metra begins air quality testing

Testing results of the Rock Island District line, which leaves from the LaSalle Street Station, will take about a week to be analyzed, and testing on all Metra lines should be done by mid-December, agency officials said.

Metra to test air in trains, on platforms

8:17 PM EST, November 9, 2010

Update: Metra to test air in trains, on platforms

The agency also is creating a task force of transit officials, union representatives and environmental health regulators to explore new ways to clean up toxic diesel exhaust.

Clearing the air on Metra pollution

7:01 PM EST, November 8, 2010

Update: Clearing the air on Metra pollution

Prompted by a Tribune investigation, Sen. Dick Durbin seeks a federal probe of air quality in commuter trains and stations.

Metra riders subjected to high amounts of diesel soot

9:56 PM EDT, November 5, 2010

Metra riders subjected to high amounts of diesel soot

Day after day, thousands of commuters are breathing high levels of toxic diesel pollution trapped in Chicago's two major rail stations and even inside the trains they ride, a Tribune investigation has found.

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