| May 13, 2015
| 5:46 AM
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...
| May 15, 2015
| 5:02 PM
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...
| May 15, 2015
| 3:54 PM
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...
| May 10, 2015
| 3:08 PM
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
While reporting on transportation for the Tribune,...
| May 14, 2015
| 3:20 PM
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...
| May 15, 2015
| 12:22 PM
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...
| 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 30, 2015
| 11:28 AM
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)....
| 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 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...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 6:39 PM
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...