| Apr 25, 2015
| 11:09 AM
As Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner watches mile-long trains of black tank cars full of crude oil from North Dakota roll through the heart of Illinois' second-biggest city, he wonders what would happen if they would derail, start to burn and even explode.
| Apr 11, 2015
| 6:18 AM
Construction is set to resume Monday on a long-delayed project to improve the platforms and increase safety at the Downers Grove Main Street Metra Station.
The east ends of the in-bound and out-bound boarding platforms will be closed to commuters...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 11:30 AM
A morning Metra train heading into Chicago was held up at the Western Springs train station for about 20 minutes Thursday morning during a thunderstorm, as workers investigated a mechanical problem.
The ticket agent said she heard "a God awful noise,"...
| 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...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 1:16 PM
The time to bid farewell to the one-way Oak Street bridge is approaching.
The Hinsdale Village Board approved a $6.9 million contract March 17 with Kenny Construction Co., to remove and replace the 100-year-old bridge over the BNSF Railroad.
| 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...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 3:01 PM
An inbound BNSF Metra train fatally struck a pedestrian Monday afternoon in Lisle, according to officials.
The train, which was scheduled to depart Lisle at 4:08 p.m. and get to Chicago at 4:58 p.m., was stopped near Lisle because it struck a pedestrian...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 3:08 AM
Penny Marchiel, of Aurora, doesn't need evidence beyond her own experience to believe that her train ride home has been Metra's worst of the worst.
"Absolutely. I hate it," Marchiel said of the BNSF Railway Line Train 1279 to Aurora. "But I have no...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 3:11 AM
Commuters who took Metra's Electric District Line trains to and from the south suburbs averaged only about one late train a month in 2014, while BNSF Line riders in the west suburbs experienced more than one late train a week.
The lines were Metra's...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 7:13 AM
Many Metra trains on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line were either canceled or delayed Monday morning after mechanical problems with an early train at the Naperville station fouled up traffic on the busy west suburban commuter line.
Train No. 1212,...