| Feb 16, 2015
| 6:21 PM
A $2.9 million federal grant is funding a study to determine the best way to evacuate Chicago in the event of an emergency.
Argonne National Laboratory will work with Pace and Metra as public transit planners run disaster and emergency simulations to...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 3:03 PM
Small pets won't be riding along with their owners on Metra trains for now, even on a trial basis.
Metra's board held off on considering the issue Friday until the matter could be studied further, according to Chairman Martin Oberman.
The board was...
| 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 9, 2015
| 2:14 PM
An Elmwood Park resident who's clashed with local officials in the past is advocating on behalf of dog lovers in the village.
During public comment at the Feb. 2 Elmwood Park Village Board meeting, Pasquale Martorana talked about the need for a dog...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Amtrak will spend $12 million this year for renovation work at Chicago's Union Station, including a redesign of the facility's often-crowded concourse areas, officials will announce Thursday.
The station also will undergo safety improvements, better...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 1:21 PM
Evanston police are beefing up patrols along the CTA Purple Line and Metra stops in the wake of a robbery near the Main Purple Line stop and in anticipation of an Evanston newsstand selling Charlie Hebdo newspapers.
Evanston police commander Joseph...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 5:22 PM
A Metra train on the Milwaukee District North Line struck a car and tore off its rear bumper Sunday night in Round Lake Park, and police say the motorist and another man got out of the vehicle, picked up the bumper, put it in the car and drove off....
| Feb 3, 2015
| 10:14 AM
Despite getting more than 19 inches of snowfall over the weekend, Highland Park and Deerfield experienced few problems, officials said, other than police having to help some drivers who slid off the road.
Schools were closed Monday in Highland Park,...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 3:33 PM
The village hopes the downtown Hinsdale train station will become a destination for more than Metra riders on their way to someplace else.
The village has been looking for a new tenant for the station, which it owns, since the Cosi restaurant closed...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 11:26 AM
In a recent article on a Metra survey regarding a new style of commuter car seat, an apparent majority of the more than 1,000 customers surveyed seemed to like the comfort and design of the seats, but I wonder if any of them gave much thought as to how...