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

South Shore Train

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.


The interior of the new CTA railcars. (Credit: CTA)

After Fixing Flaws, CTA Reintroduces New Pink Line Trains

CTA’s newest ‘L’ cars will be reintroduced on the Pink Line beginning Sunday, but you will have to look hard to find them.


Green Line, 47th Street

Rash Of Robberies Plagues Green Line On South Side

Police have issued a community alert for people who ride the CTA Green Line on the South Side.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2012

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Amtrak: Freight Trains Delay 99 Percent Of Chicago-To-New Orleans Runs

Amtrak has filed an official complaint against Canadian National railway for regular delays on the route from Chicago to New Orleans.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alcohol Briefly Banned On Illinois Amtrak Trains Due To Lapsed License

Amtrak trains briefly went dry in Illinois on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Seeks To Remedy On-Time Performance Slip

On-time performance at Metra has slipped last year, and the commuter rail agency’s chairman, chief executive officer and board want something done about it.

WBBM Newsradio–01/23/2012

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

Metra All Ready For Another Blizzard, If Necessary

So far, the Chicago area has had only a dusting of snow. But Metra says it is ready to battle another blizzard — if one occurs.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Steps Up Campaign To Spot Lax Fare Collectors

Metra is stepping up its campaign to spot conductors who are lax about collecting fares.


A security dog is present at a downtown Chicago train station on Friday. (CBS)

Security Tightens In Chicago

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with train passengers about enhanced security at stations as the Sept. 11 anniversary nears.


French High Speed Rail V150 Train

Illinois In Line For Next-Generation Trains

Illinois is in line for funding to purchase some new trains.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra To Quit Practices That Artificially Inflate On-Time Figures

Metra is changing how it reports late trains, so commuters will have more accurate information about which trains are chronically delayed.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011

UP West Metra Train

Worker Absences Prompt Shutdown Of West Suburban Metra Line

The Metra Union Pacific West Line had no trains running for part of Monday morning because there simply weren’t enough engineers to go around.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2011

Metra Train

Quiet Cars Coming To All Metra Lines

Starting today, all the lines in the Metra commuter rail system will introduce “quiet cars” on their trains.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

French High Speed Rail V150 Train

Study Touts Benefits Of High-Speed Rail

Although Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida have rejected federal high-speed rail money, Illinois and 34 other states are fighting over it. A new study, funded by the manufacturing giant Siemens, sees plenty of advantages and believes support could grow quickly.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Shhh! More ‘Quiet Cars’ Coming To Metra Trains

Metra says its test of “quiet cars” has been so successful the rail agency will roll them out on all of its rush-hour trains.


CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA To Run Extra Service For Bulls, Blackhawks Fans Heading To Playoffs

The CTA is providing extra service for both Bulls and Blackhawks fans heading to playoff games this weekend.


Metra Logo

Plans On Track To Expand Heritage Corridor Train Service

Plans to expand commuter service on the Heritage Corridor rail line in the southwest suburbs appear to be on track.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2011

Metra Train

Metra Weighs Putting Defibrillators On Trains

Metra is weighing whether to become the first commuter rail agency in the nation to put defibrillators aboard its trains.

WBBM Newsradio–02/14/2011

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

Metra Officials On Blizzard: We Could Have Done Better

Metra officials concede that they could have done a better job dealing with the Blizzard of 2011.

WBBM Newsradio–02/11/2011