| 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 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...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 3:03 PM
Small pets won't be riding along with their owners on Metra trains for now, even on a trial basis.
Metra's board held off on considering the issue Friday until the matter could be studied further, according to Chairman Martin Oberman.
The board was...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 1:33 PM
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| 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
| 10:45 AM
Transit officials Wednesday laid out a grim scenario of service cuts on buses and trains, fare increases, layoffs and commuters returning to their cars in droves as early as summer if lawmakers approve Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to cut nearly $170 million...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 2:02 PM
PORTAGE — The success of the newly launched "Sunrise Express" South Shore commuter train from South Bend to Chicago could lead to landmark change for the railroad, pitting it in tighter competition for commuters with Metra, its Illinois rival.
| 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...