Metra and other railroads have until the end of 2015 to install “positive train control” systems – which allow a computer to override human error, and take control of a train, but railroads have asked for a three-year extension to implement the system.
The pedestrian was struck around 5:45 p.m. by Burlington North Santa Fe line Train No.1288 near the Main Street Metra station in Downers Grove.
A person was hit and killed by a Metra train in southwest suburban Tinley Park Friday morning, halting Rock Island District trains in both directions.
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.
The train was disabled and stopped near the Glen Ellyn Depot Metra Station since about 4:30 a.m., preventing traffic from crossing the tracks at three crossing gates, but moved out of the way by 8:30 a.m.
A pedestrian died when he walked in front of a Metra train in northwest suburban Park Ridge.
Volodimyr Matkivski, 41, of Warminster, Pa., was cited for ignoring a posted sign warning motorists about the 22-foot clearance between the tracks and Bartlett Road.
Metra officials said Tuesday morning that they expect “normal” service on the Milwaukee District West Line following a Monday afternoon crash betweeen a train and semi truck that injured two near northwest suburban Bartlett.
A Metra commuter train has collided with a truck transporting automobiles near Bartlett, delaying service Monday afternoon.
The agreement kept intact the historic division of the supposedly discretionary funds: 98 percent to the CTA, 2 percent to Pace, while essentially forgiving a $56 million loan to the CTA that CTA has characterized as a grant and offering Metra $2 million for capital projects.
A key figure in last summer’s Metra transit scandal is now working for the state of Illinois in a recrafted job after a referral from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Metra Union Pacific/North Line trains are stopped near north suburban Lake Forest because of a suspicious package Friday morning.
A suspicious package at a downtown rail station created a major commuter headache for some Metra and South Shore train riders.
Trains on Metra’s Union Pacific/Northwest Line were being delayed Wednesday morning, after a cyclist was struck by a train near Mount Prospect.
Oberman fought machine politics in his days at City Hall, and frequently clashed with former Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Jane Byrne. He was also an ally of former Mayor Harold Washington before Oberman resigned in 1987.
Governor Pat Quinn’s transit task force has morphed from checking up on Metra to designing a transit system that’s the envy of the world after a few local issues are settled. John Cody reports on day one.
Friday’s two-hour weather delay for Metra commuters has many still fuming.
Union Pacific North Line trains from Chicago to Kenosha will be stopped in Zion and Highland Park because of “high wind advisories,” according to Metra.
An eastbound freight train struck the man on the Union Pacific tracks in Wheaton.
Don Orseno has been serving as Metra’s operations chief, and has been working in the railroad industry for 40 years.