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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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Metra Takes Railroad Safety Program On The Road

Metra says 29 people were killed in accidents involving Metra trains last year.

01/15/2015

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Another Pipe Bursts At Union Station, Delaying Trains

Tuesday, it was slimy black water on the south concourse floor. Friday afternoon, the water was clear, for the most part, but it left a big puddle at the bottom of the staircase leading to Gates 6, 8 and beyond.

01/09/2015

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Metra Train Stopped Near Prairie Grove For Gas Leak

Inbound train No. 114, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 12:35 p.m., is stopped near Prairie Grove due to a Nicor gas leak, according to Metra’s website. The train is currently about 50 minutes late.

01/06/2015

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

CEO Confident Metra Will Avoid Last Winter’s Weather Delays

After a solid performance in its first major winter weather test on Tuesday, Metra’s top official said the commuter rail agency has been spending what it takes to keep the system running as smoothly as possible during the bitter cold.

01/06/2015

A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Winter Storm Blankets Chicago Area In Snow

Snow plows were out in full force Monday evening has a winter storm hit the Chicago area with several inches of snow expected to be on the ground by Tuesday morning.

01/05/2015

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Implementing Changes To Prevent Last Year’s Cold Weather Problems

Metra says it’s putting into practice, everything it learned during last year’s Polar Vortex which created long and repeated delays for commuters, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/05/2015

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Metra Train Strikes, Kills Person In Northwest Suburb

The person was struck by UP-Northwest Line Train 608 about 5:40 a.m. Friday near 3 Oaks Road and the Cary Depot, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.

12/26/2014

Ed Suarez, 50, saw an 80-year-old woman drive her car onto a set of Metra tracks, so he yelled at her to stop and dragged her to safety before an oncoming train ripped off her car's door. (Credit: CBS)

Man Who Saved Woman From Metra Train: “There’s No Hero Here”

Ed Suarez said he couldn’t believe his eyes Monday when he saw a disoriented 80-year-old woman drive onto the railroad tracks in Western Springs at the height of the evening rush, but he’s glad he didn’t think twice about springing into action.

12/23/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Good Samaritan Rescues Elderly Woman Before Metra Train Strikes Vehicle

At 5:17 p.m., the 80-year-old woman driving southbound on Wolf Road turned eastbound onto the railroad tracks, and her vehicle got stuck, according to Western Springs Police Sgt. John Piest.

12/22/2014

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Metra, Amtrak Come Up With Plan To Deal With Union Station Overcrowding

Metra and Amtrak have a new plan to deal with overcrowding at Chicago Union Station, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

12/16/2014

Crews work to repair a structure holding power lines for Metra Electric District trains, after a semi struck a support post on Sunday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Service Restored On Metra Electric Branch After Semi Hits Pillar

The driver of a semi heading south in the 7400 block of South Exchange struck a pillar holding electrical wires overhead about 5:30 p.m., according to Metra and Chicago Police officials.

12/15/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Freight Train Derails Near Bensenville, Metra Trains Delayed

As of 4:30 a.m., inbound trains on the Milwaukee District / West Line were delayed between 15 and 20 minutes, according to Metra’s website.

12/09/2014

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11-Year-Old Boy Hit By Train Near Bus Stop In Blue Island

An 11-year-old boy was struck by a Metra Electric Line train Tuesday morning in south suburban Blue Island.

12/02/2014

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Metra Board Approves Fare Hikes For 2015

The increase will average nearly 11 percent, depending on type of ticket and length of ride. For some passengers, ticket prices could rise more than 20 percent.

11/14/2014

Don Orseno, Metra's new CEO (Metra)

Metra Boss: This Time Around, Rail Agency Better Prepared For Winter

CEO Don Orseno ran through some of the new equipment and procedures that are expected to prevent commuters from freezing on Metra platforms this winter.

11/13/2014

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RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard Scrutinizes Metra Conductor Salaries

The head of the Chicago’s areas umbrella transit agency recommends Metra follow up reports that many of its locomotive engineers conductors bring home over $100,000 a year, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/12/2014

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