| Dec 23, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Minutes before a Metra train struck a car in Western Springs on Monday afternoon, residents Ed Suarez and Monica DeNaut pulled an 80-year-old woman from it.
Suarez said he watched as the woman turned onto the tracks in her Buick sedan. He could see...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A crash near southwest suburban Western Springs at a grade-crossing on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line caused delays up to 90 minutes Monday evening, said officials.
According to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis, the incident happened shortly...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Metra unveiled a new strategy Tuesday to block direct access to Union Station's cramped south concourse and reroute customers to a more spacious waiting area during service disruptions and special events.
The plan calls primarily for using Amtrak...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 8:09 PM
A 17-year-old girl was critically injured after being struck by a Metra train near Hinsdale Saturday evening, officials said.
Just after 7 p.m., Hinsdale’s police and fire officials responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a train on...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 4:25 PM
About 120,000 train travelers pass through Chicago's Union Station every day, and although there are four public washroom areas in the terminal, many visitors say these aren't nearly enough.
"Using the trains this summer, it was really apparent that...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 7:07 PM
A multibillion-dollar rehabilitation of Chicago's iconic Union Station is on the drawing board, including plans to improve access by reconfiguring train concourses and eliminating a confusing layout for ramps and escalators.
But as planners ponder a...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 8:36 AM
Metra will offer extra trains and more seating capacity on most of its lines Saturday to accommodate people who travel into Chicago for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
The festival, which will feature live music and a tree lighting parade, draws...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:20 AM
Employees of a rail-car manufacturing plant in Rochelle, Ill., that has received millions of dollars in grants, training funds and tax incentives from state and local governments claim their working conditions are unsafe.
Nippon Sharyo, which was...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 3:12 AM
With Metra riders facing a 68 percent fare increase over the next 10 years, some of them are raising a common complaint — too many passengers are getting a free ride, because conductors either don't or can't check everyone's tickets.
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 7:31 AM
Metra's board will soon grapple with whether customers will face a fare increase in 2015 – three years after the biggest hike in the agency's history, the commuter rail chairman said today.
Although officials say a fare increase hasn't been...