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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

A Metra BNSF Railway train hit a car near the West Hinsdale station on Monday. (Credit: PJ Macri)

Second Delay For Metra BNSF Line, After Train Hits Car In Hinsdale

Trains on Metra’s BNSF Railway were halted near west suburban Hinsdale on Monday, after a train hit a car, just a few hours after earlier delays due to debris on the tracks in Cicero.

06/23/2014

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Metra: Juvenile Electrocuted After Jumping On Train

An outbound Metra Electric District train was cancelled Sunday night after a juvenile jumped on a train in the south suburbs and was electrocuted, according to a Metra spokesman.

06/15/2014

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Metra Under Federal Scrutiny Following Safety Complaints

A team of 12 federal investigators will focus on Metra’s operations, testing, and training. CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports.

06/06/2014

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Metra Removes Two Engineers After Incidents On Rock Island Line

Two Metra engineers are removed from duty after what passengers describe as wild rides on the Rock Island Line.

06/03/2014

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17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Struck By Train In Mokena

A 17-year-old girl was fatally struck by a train late Wednesday night in southwest suburban Mokena.

05/22/2014

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Despite Unclear Future, RTA Signs $5 Million Ad Campaign

The Regional Transportation Authority may not even be around in a few months, yet it has just signed a 38-month, $5 million advertising contract targeting markets that have eluded the area’s transit agencies.

05/21/2014

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Metra UP/North Trains Back On Schedule After Sunday Derailment

Trains have resumed normal service on the Union Pacific/North Line Monday morning after a train derailed in north suburban Waukegan last night.

05/12/2014

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2 Investigators: What Passengers Are Breathing On Metra Train Cars

CBS 2’s Dave Savini launched an investigation to find out what passengers are being exposed to.

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Three More Metra Lines Get Wind Gauges To Reduce Storm Delays

Union Pacific rules require trains operated by UP to stop when there are extreme winds. Without the gauges, trains have to stop whenever there are powerful winds anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area, not just along a specific line.

05/01/2014

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Unconscious Man Found Near Metra Tracks, UP/North Line Trains Delayed

An unconscious man was taken to an Evanston hospital for surgery on a head wound after he was found laying near the Metra tracks in Glencoe, police said.

04/24/2014

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Metra UP Northwest Line Trains Stopped In Barrington

Some Metra Union Pacific/Northwest Line trains are experiencing delays up to an hour and half due to mechanical problems in the northwest suburbs Tuesday morning.

04/22/2014

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Metra Train Strikes Vehicle On NW Side

A Metra train collided with a vehicle on the Union Pacific West Line Wednesday evening in the Old Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

04/09/2014

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New Chairman Promises To Cleanup Scandal-Plagued Metra

In Springfield Wednesday, the legislative inspector general ruled that no laws were broken in the hiring scandal that led to a shake-up in the top ranks of Metra, but that hasn’t stopped Metra’s new chairman from proposing tough new hiring rules.

04/09/2014

Phil Pagano (AP Photo)

FBI Files Shed Light On Late Metra CEO’s Secret Life

Recently disclosed FBI files might answer the question of why late Metra executive Phil Pagano allegedly stole nearly a half million dollars from the commuter rail agency, before ultimately taking his own life.

04/03/2014

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Task Force Recommends Creation Of Single Board To Oversee All Chicagoland Area Transit Systems

The Governor’s transportation task force is calling for a single board to oversee the whole Chicagoland area transit system, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

03/31/2014

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