| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Long-awaited repairs to the 73-year-old Touhy Avenue railroad viaduct will begin soon and should be complete by year's end, Park Ridge officials said at Wednesday's city council meeting.
The Illinois Department of Transportation finally approved plans to...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Park Ridge's downtown Metra station house will stay open even if they city does not renew its lease with the Union Pacific Railroad, railroad officials say.
"It's a 'possibility' they would close the depot if we don't sign," City Manager Shawn...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:53 AM
Metra will hold a final round of hearings Thursday on a proposal to raise fares by nearly 11 percent next year, part of a capital plan that could see fares increase by 68 percent over the next decade to modernize the agency's aging fleet.
| Nov 4, 2014
| 4:21 PM
A fire at Metra Electric's 47th Street Hyde Park-Kenwood Station late Tuesday morning delayed several trains and may cause the cancellation of some trains in the afternoon, officials said.
There were no reports of injuries in the fire, which broke out...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 4:43 AM
Six catalytic converters from vehicles parked in two commuter lots near Geneva's downtown Metra station have been stolen in the past week, Geneva police said.
The thefts have primarily occurred during the day, between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., police...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 6:33 AM
Metra officials reported delays Friday morning on the Union Pacific North Line because of mechanical problems with a train.
A mechanical issue with a locomotive on train No. 314 touched off the delays, a Metra spokesman said. That train was stopped...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The Tribune has taken issue with the reformed Metra management by criticizing its proposal for 10 years of periodic fare increases to fund both operations and capital improvements (Editorial, Oct. 24). This is perplexing to me. As a former RTA overseer of...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Metra recently announced a long-range plan to upgrade our locomotives and cars and pay for the Positive Train Control safety system, a plan that relies in part on issuing $400 million in bonds that will be covered by higher fares over the next decade....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 9:55 PM
Let's set the record straight right up front: That 10.8 percent fare increase Metra wants for next year is not about buying new trains.
Only $2.4 million of the $27.3 million the fare hike would generate next year would go toward the purchase of new...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Federal, state and local officials Thursday marked the opening of the $142 million Englewood Flyover, a railroad bridge intended to eliminate a major bottleneck in the nation's biggest, busiest and most congested railroad hub.
The bridge will relieve...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:51 PM
Accustomed to train delays, Metra riders shouldn't be shocked to learn that a long-promised test of "paperless" ticketing has been pushed back again.
A pilot program to introduce mobile ticketing using smartphones isn't likely to be rolled out until...