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  • Rail Fest returns to Homewood this weekend

    Rail Fest returns to Homewood this weekend
    From the die-hard railroad enthusiast to the youngest Thomas the Tank Engine fan, Rail Fest, which returns to Homewood this weekend, boasts something for everyone who's interested in trains. After taking a year off, the event that celebrates the Village...
  • Oak Forest seeks youth movement

    Oak Forest seeks youth movement
    Oak Forest is thinking young as it kicks off a marketing campaign aimed at attracting younger home buyers to the city. A combination of social media as well as ads at Metra stations and Chicago Transit Authority stops will be used to steer those...
  • New Lenox Metra station in 'idea' stage

    New Lenox Metra station in 'idea' stage
    Commuters who use the New Lenox Metra train station have gotten their first glance at what a proposed new station could look like. An initial rendering has been on display at the existing station, but officials say development is still in the...
  • Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please

    Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please
    An open letter to Dorval Carter Jr., incoming president of the Chicago Transit Authority, offering a few ideas about how to build the CTA into a world-class transit system. May 11, 2015 Dear Dorval, While reporting on transportation for the Tribune,...
  • Metra years away from implementing high-tech safety system

    Metra years away from implementing high-tech safety system
    The horrific Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia this week has renewed calls for the nation's commuter rail lines and freight railroads to install a high-tech system that is intended to prevent such accidents by slowing speeding trains and overriding human...
  • Positive train control on track for South Shore

    Positive train control on track for South Shore
      The pricey smart train control system experts say could have prevented Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is one of the reasons South Shore commuters are facing fare increases this summer. Congress has mandated passenger and...
  • Get rid of redundant transportation agencies

    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...
  • Chicago area farmers market season opens

     Chicago area farmers market season opens
    Some 150 farmers markets, at least seven of them new this year, will bring the bounty of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan to Chicago and suburban shoppers hungry for just-picked fresh produce after a record-setting cold winter (and spring, brrr)....
  • Metra, unions OK whistleblower-type program

    Metra, unions OK whistleblower-type program
    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...
  • Aurora may hike parking fees at Transportation Center

    Aurora may hike parking fees at Transportation Center
    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...
  • NTSB report: Blue Line crash shows CTA should update, add safety systems

    A decades-old CTA safety system that can trigger a train's brakes in an emergency should be replaced by smart technology that detects potential danger much earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as part of its report into the...