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  • 'Flyover' aimed at cutting rail congestion

     'Flyover' aimed at cutting rail congestion
    Federal, state and local officials Thursday marked the opening of the $142 million Englewood Flyover, a railroad bridge intended to eliminate a major bottleneck in the nation's biggest, busiest and most congested railroad hub. The bridge will relieve...
  • New trains? That's not where your Metra fare hike will go

    New trains? That's not where your Metra fare hike will go
    Let's set the record straight right up front: That 10.8 percent fare increase Metra wants for next year is not about buying new trains. Only $2.4 million of the $27.3 million the fare hike would generate next year would go toward the purchase of new...
  • Why Metra needs a fare hike

     Why Metra needs a fare hike
    Metra recently announced a long-range plan to upgrade our locomotives and cars and pay for the Positive Train Control safety system, a plan that relies in part on issuing $400 million in bonds that will be covered by higher fares over the next decade....
  • Metra's 10-year plan brings its commuter railroad into the 21st century

    The Tribune has taken issue with the reformed Metra management by criticizing its proposal for 10 years of periodic fare increases to fund both operations and capital improvements (Editorial, Oct. 24). This is perplexing to me. As a former RTA overseer of...
  • Metra reports delays on Union Pacific North Line

    Metra reports delays on Union Pacific North Line
    Metra officials reported delays Friday morning on the Union Pacific North Line because of mechanical problems with a train. A mechanical issue with a locomotive on train No. 314 touched off the delays,  a Metra spokesman said. That train was stopped...
  • Cars parked in Geneva lot targeted by catalytic converter thieves

    Cars parked in Geneva lot targeted by catalytic converter thieves
    Six catalytic converters from vehicles parked in two commuter lots near Geneva's downtown Metra station have been stolen in the past week, Geneva police said. The thefts have primarily occurred during the day, between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., police...
  • Fire at 47th Street Station delays Metra Electric trains

    Fire at 47th Street Station delays Metra Electric trains
    A fire at Metra Electric's 47th Street Hyde Park-Kenwood Station late Tuesday morning delayed several trains and may cause the cancellation of some trains in the afternoon, officials said. There were no reports of injuries in the fire, which broke out...
  • Metra holds final round of hearings today on 11 percent fare hike

    Metra holds final round of hearings today on 11 percent fare hike
    Metra will hold a final round of hearings Thursday on a proposal to raise fares by nearly 11 percent next year, part of a capital plan that could see fares increase by 68 percent over the next decade to modernize the agency's aging fleet. The increases...
  • Delays reported on Metra West Line after train hits semi

    Delays reported on Metra West Line after train hits semi
    A Union Pacific West Line Metra train struck a semitruck Thursday afternoon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, causing temporary delays, officials said. While no injuries were reported, Chicago Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene...
  • Will Metra riders 'flip' for new seats?

    Will Metra riders 'flip' for new seats?
    Attention, Metra riders: Would you like armrests, cup holders and higher seatbacks? Are you willing to ride backward in exchange for these perks? The commuter rail agency is asking customers for their opinion as they test proposed new seats for Metra'...
  • Farmers markets listings for Chicago, suburbs

    Farmers markets listings for Chicago, suburbs
    Farmers markets in the city and suburbs are evolving into community markets reflecting the neighborhoods they represent and featuring not only fresh fruits and vegetables but artisan prepared foods and arts and crafts. "We realized the markets were...