| Dec 5, 2014
| 2:29 PM
The father of an 11-year-old boy who lost a leg when he was struck by a Metra train while chasing a school bus said Friday he is grateful for the generosity of strangers who have reached out to help the cash-strapped family just weeks before Christmas....
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:01 AM
Alex Zepeda was running late for school and couldn't wait any longer for his mother to take him.
Worried about a project that was due, the 11-year-old dashed out the door hoping to catch up with the school bus that had just passed his home in Blue Island...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Metra is expected to approve a fare hike and budget plan Friday that will mark the first time in the agency's 30-year history that it will borrow money.
The proposal includes a nearly 11 percent fare increase, and part of that revenue will be used to...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:26 AM
Guadalupe Deluna can't stop seeing the image of a little boy lying in the street calling out for help after he was struck by a commuter train near the Burr Oak Station in Blue Island.
Guadalupe, 14, said she was waiting for the bus Tuesday morning...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 12:30 PM
On any given day in any of the three coffee shops and one tea shop in downtown Wheaton, you will see a mix of people milling about. Commuters stop by on their way to or from a Metra train. Students from nearby Wheaton College or other residents walk...
| Nov 27, 2014
A Chicago man faces reckless conduct charges after police said he hitched a ride to the suburbs on the back of a Metra train, authorities said.
A Morton Grove police officer was responding to a call earlier this month when he noticed someone on the back...
| 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 17, 2014
| 2:51 PM
Customers who ride two of Metra's Union Pacific lines will see revised schedules starting next week, the commuter rail agency announced Monday.
The schedules of six weekday trains and four weekend trains on the UP North Line will be adjusted, as will...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Metra's board Friday unanimously approved a fare hike averaging nearly 11 percent starting in February, but not without a note of dissent over the size of the increase.
That challenge was withdrawn, however, when Chairman Martin Oberman directed Metra'...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 4:02 PM
After an extremely cold and snowy winter that led to numerous train breakdowns and delays, Metra officials said Thursday they expect to be better prepared to battle the elements this season with new equipment and procedures.
Metra is adding three high-...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:05 AM
The Emanuel administration will announce Monday that it is seeking bids to construct three long-planned transit projects aimed at providing faster and more reliable service for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters and city visitors who ride CTA...