State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.
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 is warning about possible delays for Monday’s commute, when wind chills may dive to 40 below.
The return of subzero temperatures early Thursday could mean more problems for people who ride Metra, which was warning commuters to allow for extra travel time to get where they’re going.
Members of Metra’s board are expected to have some blunt questions Friday for a top-level official from the railroad that operates three of its commuter lines about its performance in the storms and bitter cold since the first of the year.
While Metra is try to put problems behind it, commuters are still experiencing them, such as extremely crowded trains in the wake of last week’s weather delays and cancellations.
Metra can’t guarantee it won’t have even more delays Friday because it is still dealing with this bitter blast. The problem, once again: frozen switches on tracks.
CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.
Switching and mechanical problems – as well as at least two cars stuck on the tracks – caused delays and a few cancellations on several Metra lines during the Thursday morning commute.
CTA Purple Line service is resuming after Monday’s frigid weather shut it down for about an hour and caused delays on multiple other train lines during the morning commute.
The commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech — the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.
Metra and the BNSF Railway are apologizing to riders, because of a series of delays on the BNSF commuter line over the past few weeks.
A freight train derailment Sunday is causing delays for Metra Union Pacific trains in west suburban Bellwood.
Trains on the CTA’s Blue Line are experiencing delays early Tuesday because of a “track condition” near the Harlem station.
L trains traveling to and from the Loop were experiencing “major” delays Wednesday morning due to signal problems, according to an alert from the Chicago Transit Authority.
Service on the CTA’s Pink Line has been suspended between the 54th/Cermak and Polk stations because of the fire, which is near CTA property between California and Western avenues.
Problems with switches at one of the busiest rail junctions on the CTA’s rapid transit system made a mess out of the homebound commute Friday evening and could mean delays until at least Saturday afternoon on lines that use the Loop L tracks.
Blue Line service is experiencing major delays due to a “track condition” near Rosemont.
The person was fatally hit near the Irving Park station in the 3900 block of North Avondale Avenue, according to Fire Media Affairs.
This week’s unseasonably warm weather may be perfect for Thanksgiving Day football games, but it’s a little too warm for Chicago’s outdoor ice skating rinks.
A dense fog blanketing Chicago is affecting Thanksgiving travel plans on Wednesday.