| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:25 AM
Orland Park commuters are a step closer to getting a new train station concession vendor.
The village's Finance and Information Technology Committee recommended the board award the contract for concession services at the 143rd Street and 153rd Street...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts and more will mark the country's 238th year of independence.
Here are some of the festivities in the southwest suburbs.
Events will be Friday, July 4, unless noted otherwise.
The Stars and...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:12 PM
A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train and critically injured on the South Side this afternoon.
The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being struck about 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of West 90th Street and...
| Jun 27, 2014
Too bad you can't get there from here.
Not if "there" is the newly won Lucas Museum of Narrative Art headed for the near south lakefront. And not if "here" is one of the West Loop Metra stations used by day-trippers from the suburbs.
Well, OK, you can...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:30 PM
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
| Jul 9, 2014
We keep wondering when Democrats in the Illinois House — forlorn little mushrooms on whom Speaker Michael Madigan regularly dumps his putrid embarrassments — will decide they've had enough of self-serving-antics-by-Mike.
Maybe never. Maybe...
| Jul 2, 2014
As Metra searches for a way to offer wireless Internet access for its increasingly tech-savvy riders, a new study concludes the amenity could help soothe customers irritated by late trains and boost ridership.
Laptops, tablets and other devices that...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 9:21 AM
Metra is considering a pilot program that would allow pets in carriers to travel aboard the commuter line, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
The policy change would put the agency in line with the CTA and other commuter railroads around the country. Metra...
| Jul 14, 2014
Dear Getting Around: You've got mail.
Q: What's up with the new bike lanes on Harrison Street, where the lanes bend around State Street (because the east and west approaches to the intersection don't line up with each other)? I see that the city...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 10:32 AM
An already difficult morning commute on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line got worse when a train and a vehicle collided near west suburban Hinsdale, slowing down trains on a line that had been closed earlier because of a freight train accident....
| Jun 28, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Metra trains on the BNSF line were running normally again through Hinsdale about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon after an accident involving a freight train fouled up commutes for some riders earlier in the day.
A freight train Saturday morning struck a...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 7:31 AM
Metra's board will soon grapple with whether customers will face a fare increase in 2015 – three years after the biggest hike in the agency's history, the commuter rail chairman said today.
Although officials say a fare increase hasn't been...