| Jan 6, 2014
| 8:44 PM
Chicago residents face another bitterly cold day Tuesday, as the region continues to grapple with a deadly arctic freeze that has closed most area schools for the second consecutive day and wreaked havoc on the region’s mass transit system.
| Jan 6, 2014
| 10:59 PM
A brutal "polar vortex" gripped much of the Midwest on Monday, pushing temperatures to record subzero lows, grounding more than 4,000 flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to stay home or go to emergency warming shelters.
| Jan 7, 2014
| 3:25 PM
Metra is planning to run normal schedules on most of its lines this evening, but disruptions will remain on the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line, officials said.
"With the exception of BNSF, the rest of the 11 lines are prepared to run their normal...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 8:28 AM
After two days of major disruptions and cancellations, Metra trains ran normal schedules this morning though some commuters waited more than half an hour in the cold because of delays.
Most of the delays were on the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:34 PM
A man died Thursday night after stepping in front of a Metra train in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., just across the border from Illinois, officials said.
The man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was struck by a southbound Union Pacific-North...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:53 AM
Three Metra trains were canceled because of mechanical problems this morning, but most of the agency's 11 lines were running close to normal.
“We’re doing better than previous days,” Metra spokesman Tom Miller said. “Considerably...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:10 AM
As many as 22 trains on Metra’s Union Pacific lines were short at least one car Monday, officials said, causing passengers to scramble for seats and space.
The cars were taken out of service for a variety of reasons, including wheel replacements,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:47 PM
A former deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department was named as Metra’s interim police chief Thursday, the commuter rail agency announced.
Harvey Radney, 68, replaces former Chief James Sanford, who retired from the Metra Police...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 1:08 PM
The Jan. 19 article “Ticket app could be in Metra’s future” presents a strong case for the smartphone application, currently used in Boston, to be adopted in Chicago as well.
This solution best serves the needs of Metra's current...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Metra experienced scattered delays on some lines this morning but they were nothing like the problems that plagued the commuter agency during the last arctic outbreak two weeks ago.
As the peak of the rush hour ended around 9 a.m., Metra had reported at...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Still stinging from weather-related problems nearly two weeks ago, Metra has issued an advisory to customers warning that delays are likely on Monday due to the intense cold that is forecast.
Trains will be operating at reduced speed, if necessary, to...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:59 PM
Unlike his predecessor, who ran a Los Angeles bus company, Metra's new interim executive director is a veteran "railroad guy" who actually knows how to drive a train.
Donald Orseno broke into the railroad business collecting tickets, helping set up...