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  • Testers needed to try paying for Metra, Pace with phone app Mar 21, 2015 9:26 AM
    Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority are seeking guinea pigs to try out a new transit app that will debut in a few months. Already, agency employees are testing the smartphone Ventra app, which will let people buy and display Metra mobile fares in lieu of paper tickets.

     
  • Transit sky ‘not falling,’ but proposed Rauner budget cuts tough, RTA says Mar 19, 2015 6:28 PM
    To compensate for proposed transit cuts in Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget, Metra would have to raise fares by 6 percent, RTA officials estimated. That was one example of possible fare increases and service reductions, the RTA posed. "We're trying to lay out the numbers in real human lives," Chairman Kirk Dillard said.

     
  • Pedestrian struck, killed by Metra train in Lisle Mar 16, 2015 11:12 PM
    An inbound Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday afternoon in Lisle, causing extensive delays for BNSF line commuters throughout rush hour, officials said.

     
  • Metra commute should be normal Tuesday, officials say Mar 9, 2015 10:37 PM
    A Metra train has derailed it will greatly impact tonight’s commute on three different lines: the North Central line, Milwaukee District North line and the Milwaukee District West line, Metra officials say.

     
  • Pedestrian killed by train near Round Lake Mar 5, 2015 7:59 PM
    A person was struck and killed by an outbound Metra train Thursday night between the Round Lake and Long Lake stations, authorities said. The unidentified victim was struck just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Fairfield Road and Long Lake Road, which runs parallel to the Milwaukee District North Line tracks.

     
  • Pyke: What local legislators say about transit cuts Mar 2, 2015 5:30 AM
    If you’re a Republican state lawmaker whose voters depend on Metra to get to work, how do you defend a budget that slashes transit? And if you’re a Democrat from the suburbs, can you denounce a budget that gives $120 million more to roads? We examine those paradoxes, plus readers hot about distracted driving and more.

     
  • Rauner’s transportation budget: Bikers up, transit down Mar 2, 2015 6:39 PM
    Disabled transit riders are losers but motorcycle riders are winners in the proposed budget by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Harley enthusiast. The fiscal plan would chop about $8.5 million for paratransit and increase funding for free motorcycle safety classes by $633,000. The budget also recommends significant cuts to Pace, Metra and the CTA while bumping up revenues for highways and roads.

     
  • Transit could lose millions under Rauner budget Feb 19, 2015 10:15 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget is posing a lot of questions including whether cuts to public transit could mean fare hikes? The new governor promised reforms and described "waste and inefficiency" in the "complex web that comprises our public transportation structure."

     
  • Commuters receive ashes to go at Arlington Heights Metra station Feb 18, 2015 1:46 PM
    Commuters at the Arlington Heights Metra station on Ash Wednesday morning had the opportunity to receive “ashes to go” on a day that marks the start of the Lenten season of penance and prayer for Christians.

     
  • Metra’s line to Aurora is busiest, tardiest line Feb 16, 2015 9:14 AM
    Why is Metra's BNSF line so delay-prone and why is I-355 so expensive? We delve into these questions plus give you readers' picks for the Chicago Auto Show.

     
  • Metra set to debut app this spring Feb 14, 2015 7:31 AM
    You could be paying for Metra fares on your smartphone by late May -- the date the agency hopes to launch a ticketing app. Metra is seeking volunteers to test a new mobile ticketing app for smartphones that will allow commuters to purchase and display tickets on their screens. “We’re trying to get as diverse a crowd as possible," a Metra spokeswoman said.

     
  • Dogs on trains? Open question Metra chair says Feb 13, 2015 4:48 PM
    Pets on trains got a "ruff" reception from some Metra riders, which means officials aren't rushing to implement a proposed tryout using carriers for small dogs. Allergies was one concern, said Chairman Marty Oberman who said his Irish wolfhound would never have been a candidate.

     
  • Metra fare hike-delay combo packs blizzard-sized punch Feb 2, 2015 6:52 PM
    Delays and cancellations spoiled the morning commute for many Metra commuters as colder temps and packed or blowing snow messed up switches and equipment. The timing was particularly bad given a big fare increase that socked commuters Sunday.

     
  • You're raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 10:03 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

     
  • You’re raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 9:04 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

     
  • Which regional roads offer the least pleasant drives? New site helps you find out Jan 26, 2015 5:30 AM
    Whose Metra station boards the most passengers? How many blocked crossings are there in Chicagoland? How bad is congestion in the region? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning offers some funky, new interactive data that answers those questions and more.

     
  • Advisory group gives paws-up to (portable) pets on Metra Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    Yorkies, yes. Great Danes, no. If you've got a quiet, small, well-behaved pet who's a rail fan, rejoice. Metra is primed to vote on allowing pets on trains under limited circumstances.

     
  • No bottom line yet on replacing Metra’s flippable seats Jan 17, 2015 7:41 AM
    Will Metra flip on its flippable seats? Could that be a flop and cause a flap with riders? That's why the agency is testing new seats and configurations before buying new rail cars and rehabbing old ones.

     
  • Woman drives past crossing gates, hit by train in Itasca Jan 13, 2015 4:43 PM
    A 79-year-old woman was injured Tuesday when she drove through railroad crossing gates on Walnut Road in Itasca and into the path of an oncoming train, authorities said. The woman had to be extracted from the wreckage about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told police her Honda Accord slid under the downed gate and she tried to reverse, but there wasn’t enough time.

     
  • Lawmakers question Metra on Wi-Fi, universal fares Jan 7, 2015 6:20 PM
    Lawmakers pushed Metra leaders to explain foot dragging over a universal fare system and contactless credit card readers during a state hearing Wednesday.

     
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