| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:11 AM
Metra's on-time performance so far this year has been subpar, with roughly 1 in every 10 trains late for its destination, but the agency says it learned from last winter's problems and has put those lessons into good use.
The commuter rail agency's on-...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A motorist is lucky to be alive following a close call with a train Monday night in Western Springs.
A woman accidentally drove onto the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks at 5:17 p.m. Monday as an outbound Metra train was approaching near the Wolf Road...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:47 AM
A freight locomotive on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line caught on fire Friday morning near Naperville, halting trains in the area, authorities said.
Trains were moving again by 9 a.m., but the fire added to delays that began around 6:55 a.m.,...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 7:33 AM
More than 200 school districts across the area, including Chicago Public Schools, were closed Wednesday as temperatures hovered around zero at daybreak and dangerous wind chills were in the forecast for the rest of the week.
For those who ventured out,...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 7:43 PM
White-out conditions were reported on several expressways, and more than 400 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports, as blowing snow hit the Chicago area in time for the afternoon rush Thursday.
Visibility was down to a matter of yards along...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 5:06 AM
The family of a brother and sister struck and killed by a Metra train in August in Chicago are suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Metra, saying they failed to repair a large hole in a fence used by residents to cross the tracks.
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A crash near southwest suburban Western Springs at a grade-crossing on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line caused delays up to 90 minutes Monday evening, said officials.
According to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis, the incident happened shortly...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 5:33 AM
One person is dead after being hit by a train in the west suburbs late Sunday night.
A "pedestrian incident involving a freight train" halted inbound and outbound trains on a stretch of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Metra line about 11:30 p.m....
| Dec 12, 2014
| 4:25 PM
About 120,000 train travelers pass through Chicago's Union Station every day, and although there are four public washroom areas in the terminal, many visitors say these aren't nearly enough.
"Using the trains this summer, it was really apparent that...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Metra unveiled a new strategy Tuesday to block direct access to Union Station's cramped south concourse and reroute customers to a more spacious waiting area during service disruptions and special events.
The plan calls primarily for using Amtrak...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 7:07 PM
A multibillion-dollar rehabilitation of Chicago's iconic Union Station is on the drawing board, including plans to improve access by reconfiguring train concourses and eliminating a confusing layout for ramps and escalators.
But as planners ponder a...