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RTA Boss Doubts Plan For Transit Superagency

RTA Chairman John Gates said he wants the agency to concentrate on what he considers doable — and said his priority remains finding new money for capital repairs and rehabilitation.

03/20/2014

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Man Struck, Killed By Freight Train In Grayslake

The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was walking south on the tracks at Lake Street Crossing near Hillside Avenue when witnesses saw him step in to the path of a freight train headed north.

03/17/2014

Police investigate after a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Metra train in the Norwood Park neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Teen Struck, Killed By Metra Train On Northwest Side

A 17-year-old boy who attended Taft High School was struck and killed by a Metra train on Friday, just blocks away from school.

03/07/2014

A man is taken into police custody after climbing on top of a Metra train, walking along the roof, and jumping onto a second train. (Credit: Brian Blank)

Man Climbs On Top Of Metra Train, Delays UP North Line

Trains on Metra’s UP North Line were stopped near Rogers Park for about half an hour Monday morning, after a man jumped on top of a train, and started running along the roof of the bi-level cars.

02/24/2014

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Metra Seeks More Spare Train Cars, Better E-Alerts

Metra soon hopes to give you E-alerts about trains at specific times, not just for specific lines.

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A BNSF Railway freight train derailed at a crossing in west suburban Cicero on Monday night, blocking trains on Metra's BNSF Line. (Credit: CBS)

Derailed Freight Train Causes Metra Delays, Cancellations

A freight train derailment in west suburban Cicero Monday night has caused service disruptions on Metra’s BNSF Line that have lasted into the Tuesday morning commute.

02/18/2014

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Vehicle Struck By Metra Train In Des Plaines

A train struck a vehicle in northwest suburban Des Plaines Monday afternoon, halting all inbound and outbound Metra trains on the Union Pacific Northwest line.

02/17/2014

Don Orseno, Metra's new CEO (Metra)

Metra Boss Gave Riders A Lift Home After Train Breakdown

The next time a Metra train breaks down, it may be the boss who gives you a ride home. It has already happened and WBBM’s Bob Roberts has the exclusive story.

02/12/2014

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Metra Board Elects Former Alderman As Chairman

A Chicagoan now heads the city suburban Metra commuter board for the first time in 30 years, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

02/11/2014

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

Metra Boss Faces Lawmakers’ Questions About Winter Delays

State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.

02/10/2014

Don Orseno, Metra's new CEO (Metra)

Metra’s Interim CEO, A Veteran Of Railroads, Gets Job Permanently

Interim CEO Don Orseno, a former chief of operations and a train engineer earlier in his career, on Friday was named chief executive officer at $262,000 a year.

01/31/2014

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Metra North Central Service Running Again

Trains on Metra’s North Central Service that were halted because of a freight train derailment Tuesday will resume Wednesday morning.

01/29/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Freight Train Derailment Halts Metra North Central Service

A Canadian National Railway train derailed in Mundelein early Tuesday, blocking all other trains that use the same tracks, including Metra North Central Service — which runs between Antioch and Union Station.

01/28/2014

Steam rises from the Chicago River as temperatures drop below zero January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The city is bracing for another round of severe cold as temperatures are expected to drop to -15 to -20 degrees this evening and wind chills are anticipated as low as -25 to -45 degrees through Wednesday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chiberia Part 2: Deep Freeze To Last Through Wednesday

Temperatures more suited for the North Pole are returning to the Chicago area, and will leave the region in a deep freeze for the next 2 ½ days, similar to the arctic blast we endured three weeks ago.

01/27/2014

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

Metra Warning About Weather Delays On Monday

Metra is warning about possible delays for Monday’s commute, when wind chills may dive to 40 below.

01/24/2014

Francisco Carranza and his 7-year-old daughter were killed when their car was hit by a Metra train. (Credit: Family photo)

Autopsy: Alcohol A Factor In Train Collision That Killed Dad, Daughter

An autopsy on Thursday revealed alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a father and a 7-year-old girl when their SUV drove through a set of railroad crossing gates, and was hit by a Metra train.

01/23/2014

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Latest Bitter Blast Could Lead To Metra Delays

The return of subzero temperatures early Thursday could mean more problems for people who ride Metra, which was warning commuters to allow for extra travel time to get where they’re going.

01/23/2014

UP West Metra Train

Report Criticizes Metra’s Police Force

The report says Metra’s police force has been slow to transition from one that protects property to one that prevents crime and guards against terrorists.

01/22/2014

Nathan Haywood (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged With Attacking Police Officer At Metra Station

Nathan Haywood, 24, of the 8100 block of South Spaulding Avenue, is accused of choking and beating a 39-year-old Norfolk Southern officer.

01/21/2014

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Railroad Officer Beaten At South Side Metra Stop

The incident occurred about 10:25 p.m. at the Wrightwood Metra station near 79th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

01/20/2014

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