Metra

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

New App Will Allow Ventra Users To Manage Account On Their Smart Phone

Metra riders are used to carrying a ticket and tucking that paper under the metal tab in front of you. But CBS 2’s Ed Curran says a new app will soon let you buy a ticket for Metra on your phone and keep it there.

10/15/2014

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Metra Seeking Annual Fare Hikes Over Next Decade, Including Nearly 11 Percent Next Year

Chicago-area commuters have never seen anything like it. Metra has proposed fare increases averaging 10.8 percent, starting in February, with the guarantee of additional increases every year through 2024.

10/09/2014

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Woman Killed By Metra Train In Highwood

A woman was struck and killed by a Metra train Tuesday morning in north suburban Highwood, causing significant delays for commuters during the morning rush.

10/07/2014

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Metra UP/Northwest Service Resumes After Downed Power Line Removed

A Metra service alert posted at 8:31 a.m. estimated that inbound and outbound trains could be from 30 to 160 minutes behind schedule.

10/03/2014

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Woman Killed By Freight Train Near Maywood

A west suburban woman was fatally struck by a freight train Thursday night near west suburban Maywood, causing Metra delays overnight on the Union Pacific/West Line.

10/03/2014

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Police: Man Arrested After Crawling Under Metra Train

Police in north suburban Wilmette arrested a man who crawled under a Metra train Friday to try to board it.

09/27/2014

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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

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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

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