Metra

Metra crews use a bulldozer to lift an Electric Line train back onto the tracks after it derailed near 11th Street early Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Electric Line Derailment Causes Delays For Morning Rush

Service on Metra’s Electric Line was back to normal Wednesday morning, after an overnight derailment caused major delays at the start of the morning rush.

05/20/2015

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Rollout Of Ventra App Delayed Until Fall

CTA spokesperson Tammy Chase said the area’s transit agencies are going to bring in between 20 and 30 experienced beta testers from the Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Civic User Testing Group to iron out those problems that exist.

05/15/2015

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Train Fail-Safe Years Away From Being Implemented Here

It’s called Positive Train Control and may have prevented the type of accident that occurred in Philadelphia this week. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

05/14/2015

People attending Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18th, 2014. (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

Best Music Festivals Near Chicago

From big-name music festivals held in Chicago, to festivals just a short car ride away, you won’t long for more options when it comes to live musical performances this summer.

05/12/2015

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Metra UP/N Trains Running Again After Pedestrian Fatally Struck

Outbound train service on Metra’s Union Pacific/North Line has been halted during Tuesday’s evening rush after a train struck a pedestrian near north suburban Wilmette.

04/28/2015

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Overall, Most Mass Transit Users Satisfied With Service

There’s some restlessness, but overall, Chicago-area mass transit users remain satisfied with service overall, despite delays, breakdowns, crowding and fare hikes, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

03/21/2015

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RTA Chief Warns Of Higher Fares, Reduced Service Under Rauner Budget

The region’s top transit official warned Thursday that CTA, Metra, and Pace fare hikes and service cuts would be “difficult to avoid” if the legislature enacts budget cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget.

03/19/2015

A passenger train stops after a pedestrian was killed in Lisle. (CBS)

Metra Train Fatally Strikes Pedestrian In Lisle

Inbound train No. 1272 struck a pedestrian just east of the Lisle station just after 4 p.m., Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said. Officials said the pedestrian had died.

03/16/2015

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Person Fatally Struck By Metra Train In Northwest Suburbs

Outbound train No. 615, which left Chicago at 11:30 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Harvard at 1:20 p.m., struck the pedestrian a few minutes before 1 p.m. in Woodstock.

03/12/2015

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Metra Expects Normal Service A Day After Derailment

Metra crews worked through the night to fix the tracks after a derailment Monday afternoon on the Northwest Side caused extensive delays on three rail lines.

03/10/2015

A Metra train engine is off the tracks on Chicago's Northwest Side. (CBS)

Metra Train Derails On Northwest Side

There was no word on injuries.

03/09/2015

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Man Fatally Struck By Metra Train On South Side

Metra Electric District trains are stopped on the South Side after a pedestrian was struck and killed near 95th Street Monday afternoon, according to Metra.

03/02/2015

The opening of the new Ravenswood Metra station has been delayed a year, because Union Pacific has not finished putting in new tracks. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

There’s A Nice New Metra Station In Ravenswood — Why Isn’t It Open?

Commuters standing in the cold are wondering: What’s the deal? WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller asks the railroads.

02/27/2015

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Officials: One Killed When Metra Strikes Vehicle In Woodstock

One person was killed when a Metra train struck a vehicle in far northwest suburban Woodstock Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

02/25/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra: Cold Shouldn’t Have Significant Impact On Thursday Morning Rush

Metra officials said commuters can expect a good rush hour Thursday morning, despite subzero temperatures and wind chills as low as 30 below zero. Chief Operations Officer Pete Zwolfer said snow presents more of a problem than cold, although the arctic temperatures might slow things down a bit.

02/18/2015

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Man Struck By Metra Trains In Arlington Heights

A pedestrian was struck by two outbound Metra trains that had been linked together Sunday night on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line in northwest suburban Arlington Heights.

02/02/2015

A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Late For Work Because Of The CTA? Pick Up A Train Delay Notice Slip

The CTA says operations are largely back to normal tonight after switching problems caused significant delays on nearly all of its lines this morning and made thousands of people late for work, school or other appointments.

01/26/2015

Animal Sanctuary Needs £200,000 To Avoid Closure

Dogs And Cats, Riding Trains Together? Not Mass Hysteria To Metra

The suburban commuter rail agency is considering allowing small pets on weekends on the Rock Island Line, with some conditions.

01/23/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Complaints Down Dramatically From Last Winter

A year ago, it seemed everyone who rode Metra was complaining about lousy service in the teeth of a bitterly cold and snowy winter. While there are still complaints this winter, they are far fewer than this time a year ago, when each day seemed to bring new emergencies.

01/23/2015

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RTA: Chicago Mass Transit Needs $36B In Infrastructure Upgrades Through 2025

A Regional Transportation Authority analysis released Thursday has determined that the CTA, Metra and Pace face $36.4 billion in capital needs over the next 10 years.

01/23/2015

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