Expanded 'Pets On Trains' Program Begins Saturday On Metra Trains“We are pleased that the test on the Rock Island Line went well and that we can now offer this option to all of our customers,” Metra Executive Director and Don Orseno said in a statement.
Amtrak Panel Says Solution To Delays Won't Come CheapDelays on Metra and Amtrak lines are growing, not to mention the freight hauled to and through the Chicago area by rail. A blue ribbon panel commissioned by Amtrak believes it has the answers -- but they won't come cheap.
Panel Suggests Fixes For Growing Amtrak, Metra, And Freight Train DelaysHoward Learner, president of Chicago's Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the problems can best be described this way: If each airline at O'Hare International Airport had its own traffic controllers, the result would be chaos. Learner said that effectively is what the nation's major railroads are doing.
Metra Chair Warns Of Shutdown Without Extension Of Rail Safety System DeadlineThe head of Metra’s board of directors has urged Congress to extend the deadline to install some costly safety equipment, or the commuter rail line and other railroads could be forced to come to a halt.
Metra Expands Program Allowing Pets On TrainsFollowing a successful three-month test on one commuter rail line, Metra will now allow small pets on all of its weekend trains. Pets must be in an enclosed, protective carrier.
Railroads Threaten Shutdown Without Extension Of Safety System DeadlineThe nation's major freight railroads are threatening partial or total shutdowns Jan. 1, unless Congress extends the deadline for installing new signaling systems and software -- and Metra and Amtrak are caught in the middle.
RTA Discussing End To Free Rides, Most Reduced FaresThe Regional Transportation Authority is discussing an end to most reduced and free rides, should Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to mass transit funding come true.
Brush Fire Halts Some Metra Service On South Side
Metra Resumes Normal Service After Electric Line Sparks, ExplodesThe Chicago Fire Department says an outbound train pulling into the 51st Street station in Hyde Park ran into an electrical problem.
Fees For Proposed Trolley Rankle Aurora ResidentsCBS 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.
Metra BNSF Trains Running Again After Motorcyclist Fatally StruckMetra 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.
Union Pacific Admits Jumping The Gun, Misjudging Wind Before Halting Metra TrainsTrains 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.