| 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,...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 1:36 PM
Mayor Matt Brolley wants a Metra commuter train station in Montgomery.
Brolley told the audience at his State of the Village address Tuesday that a commuter station is a crucial asset to the future development of the downtown area.
Michael Gillis, a...
| 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 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.,...
| 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 30, 2015
| 12:34 PM
When Marlene Tillis bought her February Metra pass recently, she was surprised to find out how much the cost had jumped: an increase of $14.50 to $92.75 for a month's worth of rides.
That amounts to an 18.5 percent increase — more than the average...
| 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?"...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 7:39 AM
On Monday morning, as the fifth-largest blizzard to ever hit Chicago moved east, Chicago-area residents woke to more than 19 inches of snow on the ground and a morning commute that was difficult at best.
About 7:30 a.m., weather service officials said...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 5:17 PM
Train delays and icy roads made for dicey travel Monday morning after nearly 20 inches of snowfall, but transit agencies and highway officials said the evening ride home was more of a relief.
School and some business closings helped keep roads clear...