| Apr 17, 2015
| 12:08 PM
It made me snicker reading about how the CTA, RTA, Metra and Pace need more funding.
My question is why do we need multiple government entities to basically do the same function? Working together to move people via public transportation in an...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 1:34 AM
Metra employees will now be able to anonymously report operating-rule violations or errors to that have an impact on safety.
Leaders of the transit system and its unions signed an agreement Thursday with the Federal Railroad Administration to adopt a...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 5:15 PM
Metra, railroad unions and the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday announced the start of a whistleblower-type program to allow crew members to confidentially report unsafe conditions or violations of operating rules.
The FRA directed Metra to...
| Apr 13, 2015
| 2:43 PM
More than 1,000 Chicago area transit riders applied for 100 spots to test the forthcoming Ventra app that is supposed to allow riders with smartphones to easily buy Ventra passes and avoid lines at rail station vending machines.
The CTA is reviewing the...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 3:53 PM
The city of Aurora may hike fees to park at the Aurora Transportation Center.
The City Council's Finance Committee Tuesday endorsed the hike, which aldermen said is needed to pay for upcoming maintenance and improvements at the parking lots at the...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 10:19 AM
If only it could save you a seat on the train.
A forthcoming Ventra app, which would let public transit riders use their smartphones to buy fares for the CTA, Metra and the Pace suburban bus system, may not seem revolutionary to CTA riders—at...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 4:38 PM
Finding ways to ease congestion and improve the efficiency of passenger rail service on Metra lines in the suburbs will be the aim of a new study that is getting a boost from a federal grant.
Congressmen Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, and Mike Quigley, D-5th,...
| Apr 12, 2015
| 2:04 AM
A $3 million federal grant will help ease congestion that slows Metra commuter trains heading into Chicago's Union Station from the south and southwest.
U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski and Mike Quigley along with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grant Friday....
| Apr 11, 2015
| 6:18 AM
Construction is set to resume Monday on a long-delayed project to improve the platforms and increase safety at the Downers Grove Main Street Metra Station.
The east ends of the in-bound and out-bound boarding platforms will be closed to commuters...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 3:16 PM
The leaders of Chicago-area public transit agencies and Illinois elected officials from both political parties rallied Thursday for Congress to pass a robust, long-term federal spending plan to rebuild rail infrastructure used by commuter and intercity...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 7:52 AM
Chicago Tribune reporter Jon Hilkevitch’s “Ventra contract swells 14% since 2011; $65 million in add-ons could suggest future cost increases” (News, March 30) should have been headlined “Pace and Metra join Ventra.”