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  • Delays a problem, but fewer late trains than 2014, Metra says

    Delays a problem, but fewer late trains than 2014, Metra says
    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-...
  • Metra train strikes vehicle in Western Springs, driver escapes injury

    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...
  • Cold, freight engine fire delay Metra commuters

    Cold, freight engine fire delay Metra commuters
    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.,...
  • Most schools closed as dangerous cold settles in

    Most schools closed as dangerous cold settles in
    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,...
  • Rush-hour snow snarls expressways, airports

    Rush-hour snow snarls expressways, airports
    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...
  • BNSF, Metra sued over deaths of brother, sister

    BNSF, Metra sued over deaths of brother, sister
    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. Margaret Huddleston,...
  • Crash involving vehicle on Metra BNSF line snarls evening commute

    Crash involving vehicle on Metra BNSF line snarls evening commute
    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...
  • Person killed by train in west suburbs

    Person killed by train in west suburbs
    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....
  • Union Station's restroom scarcity tops complaints spurred by report

    Union Station's restroom scarcity tops complaints spurred by report
    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...
  • Metra unveils plan to curb Union Station crowding

    Metra unveils plan to curb Union Station crowding
    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...
  • Commuters, transit experts offer 6 ways to improve Union Station

     Commuters, transit experts offer 6 ways to improve Union Station
    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...