| 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...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 10:29 AM
Public transportation workers will be lauded Wednesday for their efforts during Transit Employee Appreciation Day.
Riders on the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace are encouraged to say thank you to the people who keep the lines running every day....
| 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 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 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 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 16, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Bicycle riders with mechanicals might find the tool they're looking for at a do-it-yourself repair station at the Elmhurst Metra station.
The station includes a bike holding rack, a hand-operated pump and an assortment of high-quality hand tools, all...
| 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 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...