| 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 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...
| 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....
| Aug 3, 2014
| 9:03 PM
About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass...
| 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...