Trains

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Travel By Train For Your Next Vacation

To get better acquainted with Amtrak, the nation’s railroad service, here’s a simple yet very helpful guide to understanding how get onboard a passenger train.

09/11/2014

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Metra BNSF Railway Service Restored After Two Killed By Train

Service on Metra’s BNSF Railway was back to normal Friday morning, although with some minor delays, the morning after a train struck and killed two people in the Little Village neighborhood.

08/08/2014

Metal brackets and chunks of wood cleared off of Van Buren Street after apparently falling from the L tracks. (Credit; Rory Rice)

Loop Train Service Back To Normal After Derailment Caused Big Delays

CTA is restoring service after a train derailment halted trains in the Loop.

06/17/2014

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This App Will Plan Your Entire Trip

Instead of spending hours tabbing through travel sites, hit Rome2Rio: an oracle-like web/app that maps out the exact planes, trains, and automobiles (with fares) to take between any two places on the planet.

04/16/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Group Stresses Railroad Safety After Deaths Rise In 2013

More people than ever have been killed or injured by trains in Illinois and elsewhere, and safety advocates said it’s largely because of people being distracted by using their smartphones and other mobile devices.

04/08/2014

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The Most Luxurious Train Safari In The World

For your next luxury vacation, consider traveling by train. Rovos Rail brings the luxury and decadence of the olden days back to your trip, in their train safari.

02/20/2014

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With Ventra Back On The Rails, Transition To The New Fare Payment System Could Soon Resume

According to the Chicago Transit Authority, there could be a new transition schedule for the Ventra fare payment system as early as next month. This comes after the CTA set three performance standards for Cubic Transportation Systems — the company behind Ventra — back in November. As of January 1st, the CTA says Cubic has met these standards.

01/13/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

Labor Official Blamed As CTA Gets Ready To Lay Off Ex-Offenders

With tempers flaring and voices raised, the battle over 65 so-called “second chance” jobs for ex-offenders was intensified Thursday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/12/2013

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All Aboard: The World’s Most Amazing Train Trips

The inherent beauty of train travel is that it’s often more about the journey (and the spectacular scenery along the way) than the actual destination. When your fare includes butler service, gourmet meals, and access to elegant bar cars, rest assured these six train trips are worth dropping a month’s salary on.

12/11/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Union: Train Interiors Will Get Dirty Under CTA Plan

Transit officials say labor representatives are misleading the public.

12/09/2013

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The World’s Coolest Train Stations

Despite the abundance of public transportation options, trains remain a popular and consistent way to travel easily. Check out the world’s coolest train stations.

11/13/2013

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Best Railroad Experiences Near Chicago For Kids

There are many opportunities for kids to experience railroads and trains near Chicago.

06/28/2013

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State Investigator On Racing Trains: ‘Is It Really Worth The Risk?’

A series of pedestrians and vehicles have been hit in recent weeks by Metra trains, more often than not with deadly consequences. The state investigator who is assigned to most such accidents says most are perfectly avoidable.

WBBM Newsradio–03/25/2013

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CTA Train Routes Closed For Bridge Construction

It’s a big hassle for thousands of CTA riders and it’s all to replace a major Chicago bridge.

03/02/2013

CTA train. (CBS)

Women Riding Packed L Trains Assaulted By Aroused Men

It’s the dirty little hidden danger of riding public transportation.

02/15/2013

CTA 'L' Train (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA To Install More Cameras On Trains

The Chicago Transit Authority is hoping to catch more crime on camera.

02/11/2013

File photo of a Blue Line train.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Riders Complain About Trains Bunching Up

CTA riders are beginning to complain about trains bunching up, especially during rush hours. The transit agency is trying to respond.

WBBM Newsradio–08/13/2012

CTA 'L' Train (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Working To Prevent Overheated Rails, Other Heat-Related Problems

The Chicago Transit Authority is stepping up inspections of track, using special trains that spray water on overheated rails and is working aggressively to keep air conditioning working aboard its trains and in its trackside switch houses to deal with the extreme heat.

WBBM Newsradio–07/19/2012

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Metra Says It Lost $800,000 During NATO Summit

Metra says it lost $800,000 in revenues during the NATO Summit weekend last month, as riders stayed away.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2012

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South Shore Tells Riders To Avoid Travel During Summit, If Possible

A warning for Northwest Indiana commuters: Avoid traveling on the South Shore train line during the NATO Summit.

05/14/2012

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