The Chicago metropolitan area ranked 14th worst in the nation for 24-hour particle pollution – also known as soot – and 20th worst for high ozone levels – also known as smog – and annual particle pollution, according to the Lung Association.
Metra has been working to identify the sources of air pollution on its trains, and now the commuter rail agency is taking action.
Metra is pleading with U.S. House Republicans not to eliminate federal funding that would be spent on improving the air quality at its downtown train terminals.
An examination of Metra’s pollution problems reveals riders may be at greater risk than originally believed.
Metra officials say they are satisfied that the air aboard its trains is not toxic, and now, the agency wants to test the air in three of its downtown terminals.
Metra is looking for immediate remedies to the problem of pollution from diesel locomotives, particularly those idling in Chicago’s Union and Ogilvie stations.
The commuter rail agency takes issue with findings of air quality tests at its two busiest downtown terminals, and aboard trains leaving them.