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

Metra Rail Partner: Service Meltdown Won’t Happen Again

Both the Union Pacific and Metra stressed that Friday’s meeting was meant to explain — not justify — what happened earlier this month. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/17/2014

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Suspicious Package Cleared In Hyde Park; Metra Trains Running Again

A suspicious package at a Metra station in the Hyde Park neighborhood halted trains for more than an hour on the South Side early Thursday afternoon.

01/16/2014

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RTA Chairman Orders Review Of Metra Performance In Wake Of Cold Weather Problems

Metra has begun a self-examination of its performance in this month’s snow and bitter cold, even as the Regional Transportation Authority orders its own review.

01/15/2014

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

Metra Commuters Still Have Rough Ride After Last Week’s Brutal Weather

While Metra is try to put problems behind it, commuters are still experiencing them, such as extremely crowded trains in the wake of last week’s weather delays and cancellations.

01/15/2014

UP West Metra Train

Lack Of Spare Train Cars Means Crowded Rides On Metra

This will be another crowded day on many rush-hour Metra trains, and it appears that riders will have to endure shorter, and in many cases more crowded, trains at least through Friday.

01/15/2014

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Interim Metra CEO Apologizes For Delays, Poor Communications

Metra’s top executive is apologizing for a series of problems that have befallen the commuter rail system over the past two weeks; Not the least of which is the way it has communicated with riders.

01/14/2014

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

Warmup Won’t End Switching Problems For Metra, Amtrak

Metra anticipates normal rush hours Friday, while service on Amtrak to Detroit, St. Louis, Quincy and Carbondale remains on a reduced schedule. However, neither will rule out delays blamed on switching problems.

WBBM Newsradio–01/10/2014

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

Metra Still Working On Cold-Related Problems That Hobbled Service This Week

Metra can’t guarantee it won’t have even more delays Friday because it is still dealing with this bitter blast. The problem, once again: frozen switches on tracks.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

01/09/2014

Several Metra Trains Delayed, Some Canceled For Morning Rush

Switching and mechanical problems – as well as at least two cars stuck on the tracks – caused delays and a few cancellations on several Metra lines during the Thursday morning commute.

01/09/2014

An unmarked Lake County Sheriff's squad was involved in a crash involving a Metra train on Route 134 and Porter Road in Round Lake Park on Jan. 6.  ( Lake County Sheriff's office photo.)

Officer Escapes Injury When Metra Train Strikes Squad Car

A Lake County Sheriff’s detective escaped his unmarked squad car before it was struck by a Metra train Monday night after getting stuck in the snow.

01/07/2014

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Deep Freeze Continues; So Do Icy Road Conditions, Travel Delays

Frigid conditions in the Chicago area continued to create problems for drivers, commuters, and air travelers, leaving passengers stuck at the airport, and even stranded on Amtrak trains headed to Chicago.

01/07/2014

Metra commuter train makes it way along the tracks. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Metra Service Modified, Some Trains Canceled Due To Cold

Metra canceled dozens of trains Tuesday and combined several other inbound and outbound routes on BNSF and Union Pacific lines as historically cold temperatures continued to wreak havoc on the rail system.

01/07/2014

Storms Halt Metra Train

Metra Significantly Reduces Number Of Trains For Evening Commute

Some Metra commuters experienced delays of up to two and a half hours on their morning commute, especially on the Milwaukee District Lines.

01/06/2014

A Metra Rock Island Line train hit the end stop at LaSalle Street Station on Monday. (Photo credit: Jack Lavallee)

Metra Train Strikes Wall Pulling Into LaSalle Street Station

Four people reportedly were taken to hospitals after a Metra Rock Island train hit a concrete retaining wall while pulling into the station downtown.

01/06/2014

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Metra Chief Says Rail Agency Doesn’t Have Enough Money For Brake-Safety Mandate

Interim Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno says Metra wants the “positive train control” system but is asking for an extension of the January 2016 federal deadline.

12/22/2013

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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

UP West Metra Train

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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