| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:51 PM
Accustomed to train delays, Metra riders shouldn't be shocked to learn that a long-promised test of "paperless" ticketing has been pushed back again.
A pilot program to introduce mobile ticketing using smartphones isn't likely to be rolled out until...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:56 PM
Metra officials this late this afternoon that service was back to normal after a rail repairs at Union Station caused slight delays for commuters using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines.
| May 28, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Trains on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line were running again this morning after a derailment near Aurora.
Train 1324, which left Aurora at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday en route to Union Station, derailed soon after leaving Aurora, Metra spokesman...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Metra's new chief of police says he will bring over 14 years of command experience at the Illinois State Police to the task of reforming an embattled department criticized for poor performance.
The appointment of Joseph Perez was announced Monday,...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 7:31 AM
Metra's board will soon grapple with whether customers will face a fare increase in 2015 – three years after the biggest hike in the agency's history, the commuter rail chairman said today.
Although officials say a fare increase hasn't been...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:40 PM
As the new chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, Kirk Dillard said Wednesday he plans to use his experience as a longtime state legislator to build consensus at the often-divided agency.
But perhaps just as important as his political...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 4:36 AM
Kennedy Expressway construction, which threatened nightmarish delays each weekend for the rest of the month, not only will wrap up earlier than planned this weekend but will be completed by June 23, officials said Saturday.
Because of "the expedited...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 4:54 PM
Switching problems have been corrected at Chicago's Union Station after they caused delays of Metra's BNSF trains this evening, officials said at 6:30 p.m.
The problems were responsible for delays up to one hour, according to a Metra spokeswoman....
| Aug 3, 2014
| 9:03 PM
About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 7:39 PM
Tinley Park officials are asking Metra to establish commuter express service to Chicago's financial district during morning and afternoon rush hours.
Such a move would be consistent with service provided on other suburban rail lines and would help...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:15 PM
For many of the 120,000 rail passengers who pass through each day, Union Station is either a mystifying maze of ramps and escalators, or a perplexing funnel that forces them to navigate perilously narrow platforms.
Commuting challenges include dodging...