| 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...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 10:53 AM
A man was killed after he apparently jumped in front of a Metra train in the Naperville train station in an apparent suicide, police said.
Inbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train No. 1264 had left Aurora at 10:20 a.m. and was pulling into the station...
| 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...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 4:54 PM
Switching problems have been corrected at Chicago's Union Station after they caused delays of Metra's BNSF trains this evening, officials said at 6:30 p.m.
The problems were responsible for delays up to one hour, according to a Metra spokeswoman....
| Sep 16, 2014
| 7:39 PM
Tinley Park officials are asking Metra to establish commuter express service to Chicago's financial district during morning and afternoon rush hours.
Such a move would be consistent with service provided on other suburban rail lines and would help...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:15 PM
For many of the 120,000 rail passengers who pass through each day, Union Station is either a mystifying maze of ramps and escalators, or a perplexing funnel that forces them to navigate perilously narrow platforms.
Commuting challenges include dodging...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:56 PM
Metra officials this late this afternoon that service was back to normal after a rail repairs at Union Station caused slight delays for commuters using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines.
| May 28, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Trains on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line were running again this morning after a derailment near Aurora.
Train 1324, which left Aurora at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday en route to Union Station, derailed soon after leaving Aurora, Metra spokesman...