| 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 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.”
| Mar 30, 2015
| 6:02 PM
First Savings Bank of Hegewisch has opened a new branch at 4920 W. 159th St. in Oak Forest.
The 3,400-square-foot branch features two drive-up lanes and is adjacent to the Metra commuter train station. The building had been home to PNC Bank, which closed...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 6:13 PM
The cost of the Ventra transit fare-collection system has climbed to above $500 million, a 14 percent increase since the Chicago Transit Authority signed the original contract in late 2011, according to records obtained by the Tribune.
A series of add-...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 4:48 PM
Kevin Harmon lives in Aurora and works in West Chicago.
Which doesn't sound like a bad commute, until you consider it starts off with a four-block walk at night to catch that last bus of the day to the Metra station in Geneva. From there, Harmon catches...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 4:15 AM
Delays continued to plague Metra's popular BNSF line during a snowy February, but the on-time performance has improved so far in March.
The BNSF line was on time 90.1 percent of the time, 87.6 percent during rush hour, in February.
"We didn't meet our...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 12:02 PM
With a small number of riders in recent years, the village of Oswego has decided to end its Park-n-Ride transportation service for Metra riders this summer.
The Oswego Park-n-Ride has operated weekday rush hour bus service between two locations and...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 4:13 PM
Transit officials on Friday demonstrated a test version of a new Ventra smartphone app that will enable mobile ticketing on the CTA, Metra and Pace.
The app modernizes the antiquated paper ticket fare-collection system on Metra. Customers will be able...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 2:16 PM
The village of Oswego has locked in a purchase of a 15-acre parcel for a future Metra commuter parking lot at the northwest corner of Orchard Road and Mill Street.
Village trustees approved a planned unit development agreement for 98.3 acres of land...