| Dec 3, 2014
| 11:40 AM
An empty cardboard box was the cause of a two-hour Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Metra train delay during rush hour Tuesday evening.
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Andy Williams said a resident reported seeing a suspicious package on the tracks by...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A motorist is lucky to be alive following a close call with a train Monday night in Western Springs.
A woman accidentally drove onto the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks at 5:17 p.m. Monday as an outbound Metra train was approaching near the Wolf Road...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 11:38 AM
The Regional Transportation Authority should either be strengthened into a superagency to coordinate all Chicago-area transit service or be eliminated entirely, leaving the CTA, Metra and Pace to fend for themselves, according to a new report from a...
| 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 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 7, 2015
| 7:33 AM
More than 200 school districts across the area, including Chicago Public Schools, were closed Wednesday as temperatures hovered around zero at daybreak and dangerous wind chills were in the forecast for the rest of the week.
For those who ventured out,...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 7:43 PM
White-out conditions were reported on several expressways, and more than 400 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports, as blowing snow hit the Chicago area in time for the afternoon rush Thursday.
Visibility was down to a matter of yards along...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Nine cars of a freight train derailed in Cicero early Tuesday, seven of them toppling over and blocking traffic on 26th Street in the western suburb, authorities said.
No injuries were reported in the derailment, which occurred on Burlington Northern...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 7:26 PM
Metra says it will have personnel on duty overnight Monday to help ensure that trains will run on time during the morning rush hour Tuesday, despite the expected snow and cold.
"We're taking all precautions," Metra Deputy Executive Director Peter...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 1:19 PM
Serving both Metra and Amtrak riders, Chicago’s Union Station serves an eye-popping 15 million passengers every year — more than Midway International Airport does. So improving passengers’ comfort is a major — and urgent —...