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Metra Seeks Delay In Deadline For New Safety System, Citing Cost

Metra and other railroads have until the end of 2015 to install “positive train control” systems – which allow a computer to override human error, and take control of a train, but railroads have asked for a three-year extension to implement the system.

12/03/2013

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Man Hit By Metra Train In Downers Grove

The pedestrian was struck around 5:45 p.m. by Burlington North Santa Fe line Train No.1288 near the Main Street Metra station in Downers Grove.

11/29/2013

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Fifth-Grade Teacher Hit, Killed By Train In Tinley Park

A person was hit and killed by a Metra train in southwest suburban Tinley Park Friday morning, halting Rock Island District trains in both directions.

11/15/2013

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Metra Hoping To Reduce Wind Delays With New Solution

The commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech — the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.

11/11/2013

A disabled freight train blocked several traffic crossings in Glen Ellyn, and delayed Metra trains on the Union Pacific/West Line on Wednesday morning. (Credit: Rick Kramer)

Stalled Freight Train Moved, After Snarling Traffic And Metra Trains In Glen Ellyn

The train was disabled and stopped near the Glen Ellyn Depot Metra Station since about 4:30 a.m., preventing traffic from crossing the tracks at three crossing gates, but moved out of the way by 8:30 a.m.

11/06/2013

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Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Metra Train

A pedestrian died when he walked in front of a Metra train in northwest suburban Park Ridge.

10/29/2013

This was the scene of a Metra train that collided with a car carrier truck Monday in Bartlett. (CBS)

Pennsylvania Trucker Charged In Metra Crash In Bartlett

Volodimyr Matkivski, 41, of Warminster, Pa., was cited for ignoring a posted sign warning motorists about the 22-foot clearance between the tracks and Bartlett Road.

10/24/2013

This was the scene of a Metra train that collided with a car carrier truck Monday in Bartlett. (CBS)

Metra Service To Bartlett Back To Normal After Monday Crash

Metra officials said Tuesday morning that they expect “normal” service on the Milwaukee District West Line following a Monday afternoon crash betweeen a train and semi truck that injured two near northwest suburban Bartlett.

10/22/2013

This was the scene of a Metra train that collided with a car carrier truck Monday in Bartlett. (CBS)

Metra Train Collides With Semi-Truck, 2 Injured

A Metra commuter train has collided with a truck transporting automobiles near Bartlett, delaying service Monday afternoon.

10/21/2013

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After More Quarreling, RTA Board Keeps Historic Funding Levels Intact

The agreement kept intact the historic division of the supposedly discretionary funds: 98 percent to the CTA, 2 percent to Pace, while essentially forgiving a $56 million loan to the CTA that CTA has characterized as a grant and offering Metra $2 million for capital projects.

10/17/2013

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Key Figure In Metra Scandal Gets Specially Crafted State Job

A key figure in last summer’s Metra transit scandal is now working for the state of Illinois in a recrafted job after a referral from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

10/16/2013

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Suspicious Package Halts Metra Trains In Lake Forest

Metra Union Pacific/North Line trains are stopped near north suburban Lake Forest because of a suspicious package Friday morning.

10/04/2013

Traffic was heavy near Van Buren and Michigan avenues. (CBS)

Suspicious Package Halted Metra, South Shore Trains

A suspicious package at a downtown rail station created a major commuter headache for some Metra and South Shore train riders.

10/02/2013

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Metra Train Hits Elderly Cyclist In Mount Prospect

Trains on Metra’s Union Pacific/Northwest Line were being delayed Wednesday morning, after a cyclist was struck by a train near Mount Prospect.

09/25/2013

UP West Metra Train

Mayor Nominates Former Alderman Martin Oberman For Metra Board

Oberman fought machine politics in his days at City Hall, and frequently clashed with former Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Jane Byrne. He was also an ally of former Mayor Harold Washington before Oberman resigned in 1987.

09/09/2013

UP West Metra Train

Task Force Gets To Work To Fix Illinois Public Transit Problems

Governor Pat Quinn’s transit task force has morphed from checking up on Metra to designing a transit system that’s the envy of the world after a few local issues are settled. John Cody reports on day one.

09/03/2013

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Friday’s Weather Delays Still Have Metra Passengers Upset

Friday’s two-hour weather delay for Metra commuters has many still fuming.

09/03/2013

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Strong Winds Halt Some Metra Trains

Union Pacific North Line trains from Chicago to Kenosha will be stopped in Zion and Highland Park because of “high wind advisories,” according to Metra.

08/30/2013

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Metra Service Resumes After Man Hit By Freight Train

An eastbound freight train struck the man on the Union Pacific tracks in Wheaton.

08/29/2013

Don Orseno, a 40-year veteran of the railroad industry, was selected as Metra's interim executive director on Aug. 27, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Board Picks ‘Railroad Man’ As Interim Director

Don Orseno has been serving as Metra’s operations chief, and has been working in the railroad industry for 40 years.

08/27/2013

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