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  • Could cheaper gas further fuel dip in mass transit ridership?

    Could cheaper gas further fuel dip in mass transit ridership?
    How can plummeting gas prices be a cause of concern for Chicago-area transit agencies and millions of riders? Start with fuel budgets for commuter trains and buses that were moving targets because they were being put together in the throes of a gas...
  • Consolidate CTA, Metra, Pace or scrap RTA, report concludes

     Consolidate CTA, Metra, Pace or scrap RTA, report concludes
    The Regional Transportation Authority should either be strengthened into a superagency to coordinate all Chicago-area transit service or be eliminated entirely, leaving the CTA, Metra and Pace to fend for themselves, according to a new report from a...
  • 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.,...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Freight train derails in Cicero, Metra trains not affected

    Freight train derails in Cicero, Metra trains not affected
    Nine cars of a freight train derailed in Cicero early Tuesday, seven of them toppling over and blocking traffic on 26th Street in the western suburb, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the derailment, which occurred on Burlington Northern...
  • Metra says it will work all night for smooth morning commute

    Metra says it will work all night for smooth morning commute
    Metra says it will have personnel on duty overnight Monday to help ensure that trains will run on time during the morning rush hour Tuesday, despite the expected snow and cold. "We're taking all precautions," Metra Deputy Executive Director Peter...
  • Union Station is much more than a place where people catch a train

    Serving both Metra and Amtrak riders, Chicago’s Union Station serves an eye-popping 15 million passengers every year — more than Midway International Airport does. So improving passengers’ comfort is a major — and urgent —...
  • Geneva parking deck project enters final, noisy month

    Geneva parking deck project enters final, noisy month
    Tribune reporter Geneva residents can expect a lot more noise downtown in January — including frequent train horns — as the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck enters its last month of construction. From Monday to Jan. 16, Walsh...
  • $6.5 million Metra station proposal tops 2014 'Year in Review'

    $6.5 million Metra station proposal tops 2014 'Year in Review'
    As 2014 comes to an end, the Lake Forester looks back at the biggest stories we reported on this year. Proposal to make Metra station safer stalls without funding A city report specifying exactly how much money would be required to upgrade the West Lake...
  • 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,...