Metra Apologizes, Adds Cars To Relieve Overcrowding On BNSF TrainsSome BNSF trains have been so crowded during the morning rush this week, Metra issued a letter of apology, and decided to add extra cars to a half dozen trains beginning Wednesday morning.
BNSF Employee Injured When Metra Train Derails In Rail YardThe train was not moving when it derailed in the yard near Canal and Roosevelt about 9:30 a.m., according to a Metra spokeswoman.
Woman Fatally Struck By Metra BNSF Train In La GrangeAn inbound train, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 6:38 a.m., struck a pedestrian about 6:15 a.m. between in La Grange.
Metra Train Strikes Pedestrian In Downers GroveBNSF Train No. 1252, running express from Aurora and scheduled to arrive at Union Station at 8:34 a.m., struck a pedestrian near the Downers Grove Main Street station just after 8 a.m., according to Metra spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile. The DuPage County coroner’s office confirmed the pedestrian was killed
Railroads Threaten Shutdown Without Extension Of Safety System DeadlineThe nation's major freight railroads are threatening partial or total shutdowns Jan. 1, unless Congress extends the deadline for installing new signaling systems and software -- and Metra and Amtrak are caught in the middle.
Switch Project Means Delays, Platform Changes For Metra Riders At Union StationAmtrak will begin a 40-day project to revamp switches on the south end of Union Station, and that could mean delays and platform changes for riders on the BNSF, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines.
Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Metra Train Near LisleThe person was hit by a Metra equipment train about 5:25 a.m. near Burlington Avenue in Lisle, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.
Galena Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tanker CarsThe rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, railroad officials said.
Second Delay For Metra BNSF Line, After Train Hits Car In HinsdaleTrains on Metra’s BNSF Railway were halted near west suburban Hinsdale on Monday, after a train hit a car, just a few hours after earlier delays due to debris on the tracks in Cicero.
Three More Metra Lines Get Wind Gauges To Reduce Storm DelaysUnion Pacific rules require trains operated by UP to stop when there are extreme winds. Without the gauges, trains have to stop whenever there are powerful winds anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area, not just along a specific line.
Derailed Freight Train Causes Metra Delays, CancellationsA freight train derailment in west suburban Cicero Monday night has caused service disruptions on Metra’s BNSF Line that have lasted into the Tuesday morning commute.
Several Metra Trains Not Running MondaySeveral Metra trains on the Union Pacific/North Line and the BNSF Railway are not running Monday morning due to “manpower” issues.