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Train trips may take longer, but they are more affordable than flying and they offer unique glimpses of America’s vast countryside.
A woman and a Shih Tzu named Tuxedo narrowly escaped serious injury after an oncoming train in west suburban Riverside struck the woman’s vehicle on Thursday.
The Amtrak train was running on the BNSF tracks when it hit a vehicle near Harlem Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Temperatures more suited for the North Pole are returning to the Chicago area, and will leave the region in a deep freeze for the next 2 ½ days, similar to the arctic blast we endured three weeks ago.
Metra anticipates normal rush hours Friday, while service on Amtrak to Detroit, St. Louis, Quincy and Carbondale remains on a reduced schedule. However, neither will rule out delays blamed on switching problems.
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports it is a story of strangers coming to the aid of a mom and grandmother, trapped in Chicago by the nasty conditions.
Amtrak said it is working to restore normal service after historic cold temperatures led to numerous disruptions this week.
Frigid conditions in the Chicago area continued to create problems for drivers, commuters, and air travelers, leaving passengers stuck at the airport, and even stranded on Amtrak trains headed to Chicago.
Most of the 500 Amtrak passengers who spent the night onboard three trains stranded in snow in northern Illinois are finally heading to Chicago, rail line officials said Tuesday morning.
The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It’ll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.
An Amtrak train on its way to Detroit from Chicago was delayed for more than six hours because of a flat wheel Sunday night.
Amtrak provides service from Chicago to St. Louis, and several college towns in Illinois, including Champaign, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Macomb – and those rides have proven popular.
Passengers on designated quiet cars must silence their cell phones, and other loud devices, and limit their conversation to quiet voices.
A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday night in the Irving Park neighborhood, police said.
An annual study by DePaul University has found people’s reliance on tablet computers, smart phones and other electronic devices might be driving travelers to buses and trains for short trips instead of airplanes.
Commuters should notice some improvement in air quality as they board Metra and Amtrak trains at Union Station.