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  • Emanuel says transit report written by 'propeller heads'

    Emanuel says transit report written by 'propeller heads'
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today dismissed a state task force report that called for one mega mass transit agency combining the CTA, Metra and PACE as written by "propeller heads." The characterization came today when the mayor was asked if the single transit...
  • Former train engineer Orseno named Metra chief executive

    Former train engineer Orseno named Metra chief executive
    Don Orseno, a 30-year Metra veteran and former locomotive engineer, was appointed Friday to run the nation's second-largest commuter rail agency, taking over as Metra struggles to overcome a patronage controversy and service-crippling weather. Metra's...
  • 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....
  • No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus

    No more CTA Wrigley Field express bus
    Cubs fans will have one fewer option for getting to the ballpark this summer. The CTA is no longer running a weekend and night shuttle from a North Side parking lot to Wrigley Field this year. The Cubs decided not to subsidize the No. 154-Wrigley...
  • Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements

    Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements
    A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements. Launching a...
  • Snow fouls another morning commute

    Snow fouls another morning commute
    Gusting snow stopped and delayed Metra trains, canceled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports and caused spinouts and tortuous commutes this morning. Switching problems at Lake Street caused 20-minute delays on the Union Pacific North,...
  • Car shortages reported on UP, other Metra lines

    Car shortages reported on UP, other Metra lines
    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,...
  • Metra names interim police chief

    Metra names interim police chief
    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...
  • Metra app

    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...
  • Morning commute: Scattered delays in wind-whipped snow

    Morning commute: Scattered delays in wind-whipped snow
    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...
  • Phone app could be wave of future for Metra

    Phone app could be wave of future for Metra
    A smartphone-based ticket program used in Boston may be in the future for Metra riders as the rail agency's possible response to the CTA's Ventra card, officials say. Commuters in the Massachusetts Bay area download tickets on their iPhones or Android...
  • Metra: Delays likely during Monday's extreme cold

    Metra: Delays likely during Monday's extreme cold
    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...