| Feb 17, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A vehicle was struck by a Metra train in Des Plaines this afternoon, authorities said.
The train, which was headed for Des Plaines from downtown Chicago, hit a vehicle at River Road in Des Plaines about 4 p.m., as it was arriving at its destination,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 5:47 AM
Delays up to 30 minutes were being reported on Metra's Burlington Northern Sante Fe line this morning because of a freight train derailment near Cicero Avenue on the Southwest Side.
The derailment initially blocked three tracks and prevented Metra trains...
| Feb 18, 2014
Was this the worst winter ever?
I'll take the contrarian view. For me, it's been the best.
I speak as a confirmed heat-seeker and devoted summer lover. I shiver in autumn and springtime chills; I've worn gloves in May.
And yet I write to defend the...
| Feb 14, 2014
Orland Park is a village of contrasts, where numerous shopping and dining options are balanced by a wealth of parks, open space, bicycle trails and a convenient commute, thanks to three Metra stations serving the southwest suburb.
Ninety7Fifty on the...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Metra's new boss faced an intense grilling Monday at a state hearing looking into the commuter railroad's massive failures during winter storms.
Lawmakers told Metra CEO Don Orseno that their constituents are greatly dissatisfied with Metra's recent...
| Feb 13, 2014
Letters to the editor from Highland Park and Grayslake.
I commuted from the Highland Park Ravinia Station from 1972 to 2003. I roughly figured that if I put in a 20-day working month, I would ride approximately 1,000 miles per month. Of...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 1:00 AM
A power outage and minor derailment at the CTA's Howard station caused a major disruption on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines Friday evening, stranding some passengers on a train for nearly two hours.
As of 1 a.m., Purple and Yellow Line services were...
| Feb 9, 2014
Metra's board of directors is poised to select a new chairman Tuesday, filling the post that was vacated after the controversy that rocked the agency last summer and purged its leadership.
The new chairman could be the first one in Metra's 30-year...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Don Orseno, a 30-year Metra veteran and former locomotive engineer, was appointed Friday to run the nation's second-largest commuter rail agency, taking over as Metra struggles to overcome a patronage controversy and service-crippling weather.
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:55 PM
A winter storm is expected to continue until daybreak Wednesday, marking the 33rd and 34th days we've seen measurable snow this winter.
"It's going to be spreading north into the area, moving into the South Side of Chicago mid-to-late this afternoon,...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:37 AM
Gusting snow stopped and delayed Metra trains, canceled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports and caused spinouts and tortuous commutes this morning.
Switching problems at Lake Street caused 20-minute delays on the Union Pacific North,...