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Metra UP North Line Trains Delayed After Tree Falls On Tracks

Metra UP North Line trains were running again Wednesday morning, although with delays of up to 54 minutes, after a tree fell on the tracks near Kenilworth.

09/10/2014

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

Metra Puts $1.3M Pricetag On Former CEO Clifford’s Departure

Metra has released a list of the money it has paid out in connection with the controversial departure of former CEO Alex Clifford, along with a number of reforms it has enacted as a result.

09/04/2014

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Man Struck And Killed By Metra Train In Des Plaines

The pedestrian was struck about 5:10 at the Des Plaines Train Depot at 1501 E. Miner St., according to a Metra spokesman and police. Witnesses said the pedestrian, a man in his 40’s, stepped off the train platform in front of the moving train as it approached the station.

08/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Law To Make Mass Transit Operations More Transparent

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a mass transit reform law intended to make the operations of transit agencies more transparent and accountable.

08/23/2014

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Metra BNSF Railway Service Restored After Two Killed By Train

Service on Metra’s BNSF Railway was back to normal Friday morning, although with some minor delays, the morning after a train struck and killed two people in the Little Village neighborhood.

08/08/2014

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Man, Woman Fatally Struck By Metra Train

Two people were struck and killed by a Metra train in the Little Village neighborhood Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

08/07/2014

Firefighters work to clean up an acid spill from a tanker truck near 35th and Wentworth, just down the street from U.S. Cellular Field. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Hundreds Of Gallons Of Acid Leaked From Truck Near U.S. Cellular Field

Fire Department crews were sent to 35th Street and Wentworth Avenue around 12:30 p.m., after a tanker truck carrying 3,500 gallons of muriatic acid began leaking its contents.

08/06/2014

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Man Fatally Struck By Metra Train In Morton Grove

Outbound train No. 2127, scheduled to arrive in Deerfield at 5:10 p.m., struck a person about 4:50 p.m. near Beckwith Road in Morton Grove, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.

08/04/2014

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Driver Critically Injured After Car Struck By Metra Train

Round Lake Police say a driver trying to beat the train got hit by a Metra commuter train carrying dozens of Lollapalooza fans.

08/02/2014

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Cyclist Dies After Being Hit By Metra Train

Train no. 639 on the Union Pacific Northwest Line struck the cyclist about 6 p.m. near the Cumberland station, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

07/31/2014

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New Metra Seats May Have Cup Holders!

In perhaps one of the greatest advances in modern commuter rail road history, Metra officials today said that new seats on its trains could have cup holders.

07/25/2014

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Transportation Expert Believes Metra Will Eventually Put Wi-Fi In Trains

(CBS) – A Chicago transit analyst says Wi-Fi is likely coming, maybe within a couple of years to Metra. DePaul University Transportation Professor Joe Schwieterman says his survey suggests intensive laptop usage is up 20 […]

07/02/2014

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Man Injured After ‘Stumbling’ Into Path Of Metra Train

Authorities said the man was trespassing, walking alongside the tracks, which are not fenced, near 90th Street at about 4:10 p.m., when he “stumbled” into the path of the outbound train, which was slowing for a stop at 91st Street. A liquor bottle was found next to the tracks.

06/26/2014

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Metra Banning Alcohol On Trains Thursday Due To World Cup Viewing Party

Metra says it’s instituting its alcohol ban on trains Thursday.

06/25/2014

A Metra BNSF Railway train hit a car near the West Hinsdale station on Monday. (Credit: PJ Macri)

Second Delay For Metra BNSF Line, After Train Hits Car In Hinsdale

Trains on Metra’s BNSF Railway were halted near west suburban Hinsdale on Monday, after a train hit a car, just a few hours after earlier delays due to debris on the tracks in Cicero.

06/23/2014

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Metra: Juvenile Electrocuted After Jumping On Train

An outbound Metra Electric District train was cancelled Sunday night after a juvenile jumped on a train in the south suburbs and was electrocuted, according to a Metra spokesman.

06/15/2014

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Metra Under Federal Scrutiny Following Safety Complaints

A team of 12 federal investigators will focus on Metra’s operations, testing, and training. CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports.

06/06/2014

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Metra Removes Two Engineers After Incidents On Rock Island Line

Two Metra engineers are removed from duty after what passengers describe as wild rides on the Rock Island Line.

06/03/2014

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17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Struck By Train In Mokena

A 17-year-old girl was fatally struck by a train late Wednesday night in southwest suburban Mokena.

05/22/2014

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Despite Unclear Future, RTA Signs $5 Million Ad Campaign

The Regional Transportation Authority may not even be around in a few months, yet it has just signed a 38-month, $5 million advertising contract targeting markets that have eluded the area’s transit agencies.

05/21/2014

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