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  • Arlington Heights bracing for another round of frigid temperatures

    Arlington Heights bracing for another round of frigid temperatures
    Arlington Heights officials are preparing for a second round of subzero temperatures this month. Wind chill warnings for dangerous weather conditions were expected to last into Wednesday morning, frigid temperatures that come on the heels of the area...
  • Report calls Metra police force 'antiquated,' questions effectiveness

    Report calls Metra police force 'antiquated,' questions effectiveness
    Metra operates an “antiquated” police department with excessive overtime, irrational staffing plans and officers who were not qualified to use firearms for more than two years, according to a blistering investigative report released Wednesday....
  • Metra board names interim boss; 3 members asked to resign

    Metra board names interim boss; 3 members asked to resign
    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...
  • Public transit task force begins in wake of Metra scandal

    Public transit task force begins in wake of Metra scandal
    A task force appointed to reform the Chicago area's troubled mass transit network and transform it into a "world-class system" embarked Tuesday on what members called a daunting task aimed at ending turf wars and finding qualified people. Gov. Pat Quinn...
  • Metra's Union Pacific line woes continue

    Metra's Union Pacific line woes continue
    For the third time in two weeks, riders on Metra’s Union Pacific-run lines have encountered serious trouble. On Tuesday evening, hundreds of passengers on a UP West Line train were stranded on board when their train broke down. Then a locomotive...
  • Chicago schools to reopen, transit churning toward normalcy amid warmer forecast

    Chicago schools to reopen, transit churning toward normalcy amid warmer forecast
    Chicago Public School students will return to classes and commuters should face fewer delays with temperatures expected to rise above zero Wednesday. A winter that is one for the history books, however, is far from over. “I’d move in a second...
  • Petition asks Metra to allow pets on trains

    Petition asks Metra to allow pets on trains
    Rena Church isn't asking to take a slobbering Saint Bernard on a Metra train to Chicago. She simply wants to bring Rula, a 12-pound Chihuahua mix that fits inside a backpack, along for the ride from Aurora to Union Station. "She's so portable," said...
  • Chicago Overnight Report

    Chicago Overnight Report
    A wrap-up of news from the Tribune's breaking news desk. • Metra trains were running on normal schedules this morning on the Milwaukee West Line, a day after a semi pulling a trailer of cars was struck by an inbound train at a crossing in Bartlett....
  • Durbin asks Metra to 'clarify' position on safety system

    Durbin asks Metra to 'clarify' position on safety system
    Sen. Dick Durbin today is calling on Metra to clarify its position on implementing a safety system that experts say would have prevented two serious Metra derailments in 2003 and 2005 and possibly the fatal crash Sunday on a commuter rail line in New York...
  • RTA boss Joseph Costello to leave agency in February

    RTA boss Joseph Costello to leave agency in February
    Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Joseph Costello will leave the agency next year, the agency said in a press release this morning. Costello will step down at the end of February 2014 "to pursue the next chapter in his life," the...
  • Suit alleges negligence by Metra in employee's death

    Suit alleges negligence by Metra in employee's death
    The estate of a Metra employee struck and killed by a train earlier this summer is now suing the commuter rail agency. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that negligence by Metra caused the July 5 death of track laborer Luis...
  • Metra gets 2 new board members, including first Hispanic

    Metra gets 2 new board members, including first Hispanic
    Metra's board of directors got its first-ever Hispanic member along with a new member from DuPage County when it convened today. Former federal Judge Manuel Barbosa of Elgin took his place on the commuter rail agency's board, representing Kane County,...