| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:11 AM
Metra's on-time performance so far this year has been subpar, with roughly 1 in every 10 trains late for its destination, but the agency says it learned from last winter's problems and has put those lessons into good use.
The commuter rail agency's on-...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 4:59 AM
Mechanical problems were being blamed for delays on two Metra lines in the northwest suburbs Thursday morning.
Train 2210 on the Milwaukee District West Line was halted at the National Street station in Elgin, according to a Metra alert. The train's...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Amtrak will spend $12 million this year for renovation work at Chicago's Union Station, including a redesign of the facility's often-crowded concourse areas, officials will announce Thursday.
The station also will undergo safety improvements, better...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 1:21 PM
Evanston police are beefing up patrols along the CTA Purple Line and Metra stops in the wake of a robbery near the Main Purple Line stop and in anticipation of an Evanston newsstand selling Charlie Hebdo newspapers.
Evanston police commander Joseph...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 3:20 PM
Metra riders may experience some sticker shock this week as they purchase monthly passes for February, the first month reflecting the commuter rail service's rate increases.
"The biggest problem is if it can't be on time, how can they increase fares?"...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:26 AM
Guadalupe Deluna can't stop seeing the image of a little boy lying in the street calling out for help after he was struck by a commuter train near the Burr Oak Station in Blue Island.
Guadalupe, 14, said she was waiting for the bus Tuesday morning...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:01 AM
Alex Zepeda was running late for school and couldn't wait any longer for his mother to take him.
Worried about a project that was due, the 11-year-old dashed out the door hoping to catch up with the school bus that had just passed his home in Blue Island...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 4:10 PM
A Metra train traveling through Galewood hit a car that was stalled on the tracks at Narragansett Avenue Tuesday evening.
North Central Line Train No. 113, which was traveling to Antioch, hit the car just before 5:30 p.m. The tracks intersect...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 7:06 AM
As 2014 comes to an end, the Lake Forester looks back at the biggest stories we reported on this year.
Proposal to make Metra station safer stalls without funding
A city report specifying exactly how much money would be required to upgrade the West Lake...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:47 AM
A freight locomotive on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line caught on fire Friday morning near Naperville, halting trains in the area, authorities said.
Trains were moving again by 9 a.m., but the fire added to delays that began around 6:55 a.m.,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 2:29 PM
The father of an 11-year-old boy who lost a leg when he was struck by a Metra train while chasing a school bus said Friday he is grateful for the generosity of strangers who have reached out to help the cash-strapped family just weeks before Christmas....