Metra

Electric lines spark and explode along Metra's South Side route. (Joel Allen Brown)

Metra Resumes Normal Service After Electric Line Sparks, Explodes

The Chicago Fire Department says an outbound train pulling into the 51st Street station in Hyde Park ran into an electrical problem.

07/25/2015

Metra station at Route 59 in Aurora. (CreditL CBS)

Fees For Proposed Trolley Rankle Aurora Residents

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the proposed trolley would run from several new subdivisions to the Route 59 Metra Station, but the alderman who represents the area says not a single resident she’s canvassed wants the trolley.

07/20/2015

Ambulance

Metra BNSF Trains Running Again After Motorcyclist Fatally Struck

Metra spokesman Tom Miller said the motorcyclist was trespassing on the BNSF right-of-way at about 6:45 p.m. when struck by the train, which was not scheduled to stop at Harlem Avenue and was running express to Naperville.

07/14/2015

Metra commuters pack onto a crowded Union Pacific North Line train on Monday, after service resumed following a 90-minute shutdown due to fears of dangerously high winds. (Credit: CBS)

Union Pacific Admits Jumping The Gun, Misjudging Wind Before Halting Metra Trains

Trains on three busy Metra lines were halted for about 90 minutes Monday morning, out of fear of high winds from storms that swept through the area, but it appears to have been much ado about nothing.

07/13/2015

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Extensive Delays On Metra As Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Chicago

While high winds prompted extensive delays on several Metra train lines, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Chicago area and surrounding counties Monday morning.

07/13/2015

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Head-Butted Metra Conductor Had Just Returned To Work After 2012 Attack

In December 2012, Metra conductor John Smak was injured. His lawyer, Scott Sands, said a passenger threw a bicycle that hit the conductor in the back, and he needed reconstructive ankle surgery. Smak was off work for more than two years.

07/09/2015

Jack Kamysz | DuPage County state's attorney's office

Prosecutors: Suburban Man Head-Butted Metra Conductor, Breaking His Nose

A west suburban man has been charged with head-butting a Metra conductor on a train Monday night after refusing to pay his fare.

07/07/2015

Funky fashion and lots of mud, here's a photo recap of Lollapalooza. Find more photos at B96 Chicago! (Photo by Randall Starr/ B96 Chicago)

Metra Offering $10 Unlimited Train Pass For Lollapalooza

The unlimited ride ticket will be good for all three days of the event, which is being held at Grant Park and begins July 31 and ends Aug. 2. Tickets will go on sale at Metra ticket windows July 6. The tickets will also be sold onboard Metra trains on July 31 after 9:30 a.m.

07/07/2015

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Switch Project Means Delays, Platform Changes For Metra Riders At Union Station

Amtrak will begin a 40-day project to revamp switches on the south end of Union Station, and that could mean delays and platform changes for riders on the BNSF, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines.

06/30/2015

Metra Train

Metra Dedicates Renovated Station In Flossmoor

Officials and residents expect big things from a newly-renovated Metra station that was dedicated Friday morning in south suburban Flossmoor.

06/26/2015

A Metra passenger recorded a scuffle between Metra police officers and another passenger who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. (Source: YouTube)

WATCH: Metra Cops Stun Passenger In Incident On Board Train

A Bloomingdale man was planning to sue Metra, after transit police shocked him with a stun gun earlier this week on board a train.

06/26/2015

UP West Metra Train

Metra To Test Policy Allowing Pets On Trains

As things stand now, Metra riders are not allowed to take pets on board, but on Wednesday the commuter rail agency’s board will discuss whether to test allowing pets on one of its lines.

06/17/2015

Railroad Crossing

Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Metra Train Near Lisle

The person was hit by a Metra equipment train about 5:25 a.m. near Burlington Avenue in Lisle, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

06/03/2015

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

Ventra App

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

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

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

Ambulance

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

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