Metra Chair Warns Of Shutdown Without Extension Of Rail Safety System DeadlineThe head of Metra’s board of directors has urged Congress to extend the deadline to install some costly safety equipment, or the commuter rail line and other railroads could be forced to come to a halt.
Metra Seeking Annual Fare Hikes Over Next Decade, Including Nearly 11 Percent Next YearChicago-area commuters have never seen anything like it. Metra has proposed fare increases averaging 10.8 percent, starting in February, with the guarantee of additional increases every year through 2024.
Metra Board Elects Former Alderman As Chairman A Chicagoan now heads the city suburban Metra commuter board for the first time in 30 years, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
Mayor Nominates Former Alderman Martin Oberman For Metra BoardOberman fought machine politics in his days at City Hall, and frequently clashed with former Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Jane Byrne. He was also an ally of former Mayor Harold Washington before Oberman resigned in 1987.