| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:58 AM
A federal report has pinpointed heat as the likely cause of last summer's fatal train derailment on a north suburban bridge after a stretch of track shifted out of alignment in triple-digit temperatures.
Video showed a "track alignment anomaly" about 15...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 6:56 AM
There was a ready attraction to “The Great American Railroad War” when I saw it on the book shelf — as a fan of country music, having a collection of legendary railroad songs such as “The Wabash Cannonball,” “Wreck of...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 10:55 AM
Union Pacific Railroad began reconstruction of the eastern and western stairways at the downtown Metra station in Lake Bluff on Monday to improve safety, according to railroad and city officials.
"They're old concrete steps and have been in place for...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 5:47 PM
A "massive switching failure" is delaying several Metra lines 30-90 minutes, including three originating out of Union Station and one out of Ogilvie Station, a Metra spokeswoman said.
A series of switches near Western Avenue on a rail line that includes...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Spurred by two deadly crashes since 2005, Metrolink has now replaced almost all its fleet of aging rail cars with a state-of-the-art model designed to better protect passengers and crews during crashes.
Officials for the commuter railroad announced...
| Feb 25, 2013
If I am America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist — and I am — then you, my friends, are America's most-beloved workplace advice column readers.
And you proved it by responding to my recent column on workplace jerks (Business, Feb....
| Jan 25, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Metra Union Pacific-Northwest Line trains were delayed this evening after an outbound train hit a car in Des Plaines, according to the agency.
Train No. 633, scheduled to arrive in Barrington at 5:54 p.m., hit the car near the line's Des Plaines station...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 11:12 AM
After wreaking havoc on the morning commute, closing schools and prompting scattered evacuations, the massive storm that dumped upwards of a half-foot of rain on parts of the Chicago area overnight is expected to continue throughout the day, with flooding...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:08 AM
Metra is reporting delays this morning on the Union Pacific Northwest Line because of manpower problems.
Train 602 was delayed about 16 minutes and Train 606, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 7:02, was running about 40 minutes late, according to Metra'...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Delays were reported on four Metra lines this morning because of computer problems at a control center in Nebraska that affected signals.
Trains on the Union Pacific Northwest, West and North lines and the Milwaukee District North Line were affected,...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Perhaps it's time to take the "express" out of "Purple Line Express."
The Purple Line, which runs express between the Howard and Belmont stops during rush hour, has nearly double the amount of slow zones compared to the same time last year, according to...