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  • Milwaukee Avenue is closed in downtown Libertyville for emergency rail crossing repair. The project is supposed to take five days.

    Milwaukee Avenue closure begins in downtown Libertyville for rail crossing repairsMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville was closed Friday for an emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. The project will last five days. Some businesses already reported a negative impact while others were hoping for the best.

     
  • An anemometer mounted on the center pole detects wind conditions above the UP Northwest tracks at the junction of the Milwaukee North Line in Chicago.

    Metra wind detectors aim to keep trains on timeMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra officials hope new wind-measuring devices will help keep riders on time during inevitable spring and summer storms. The addition comes after complaints from passengers in 2013 about stopped and delayed trains along the Union Pacific lines after severe weather had cleared.

     
  • Busy Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning at 9 a.m. Friday for emergency work to replace the Metra rail crossing.

    ‘Code Red’: 5-day road closure looms in LibertyvilleApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The work needs to be done but the closure of Milwaukee Avenue at the Metra crossing in downtown Liberytvillle beginning Friday morning is expected to be a mess for drivers, emergency responders and schools. "We are suggesting that people schedule everything earlier. It's going to be bad, especially initially," Public Works Director John Heinz said.

     
  • Renovations to the exterior of the Barrington Metra station began Monday, just hours before village leaders got the good news that costs associated with the work would be lower than expected. Workers will rip up the crumbling brick walkways and replace them with colored, stamped concrete.

    Barrington starts Metra station renovationsApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    As regular rail commuters likely noticed, renovations to the exterior of the Barrington Metra station began Monday, and according to village officials the first day went smoothly. Over the next two months, workers will renovate and beautify the area around the station by ripping up the crumbling bricks and replacing them with colored and stamped concrete.

     
  • Report: Unconscious man found near tracks in GlencoeApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra has shut down four trains and are reporting 35 minutes delays on the Union Pacific North Lines after an unconscious man was discovered near the tracks in Glencoe.

     
  • The refurbished Des Plaines Metra station building will soon be home to a new coffee shop, The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets. The shop and city leaders reached a five-year agreement this month.

    New coffee shop coming to Des Plaines train station by AugustApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Commuters at the Des Plaines Metra station will soon be able to get a cup of coffee or pastry before heading to their train or bus. The city council has approved a five-year exclusive license and concession agreement this week with The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets, LLC to operate a 360-square-foot counter service cafe inside the city-owned train station.

     
  • Busy Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning May 2 so Metra can replace the commuter rail crossing.

    Downtown Libertyville braces for rail crossing workApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Traffic will be detoured around downtown Libertyville for about five days beginning May 2 while emergency repairs are made to the Metra commuter rail crossing at Milwaukee Avenue. The village and businesses are preparing for the latest traffic disruption. “We're expecting lower sales. We're trying to get the word out that people can reroute and still get to us,” said Michelle Chapley, co-owner of Mischief's Brewing coffee shop.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo A broken rail means delays for Metra riders this afternoon.

    Broken rail equals commuter delays on BNSF line to AuroraApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra commuters on the BNSF Line can expect delays due to a broken rail at Union Station messing up rush-hour traffic.

     
  • Rep. David Harris

    No movement yet on transit reform reportApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lawmakers weighed in on reforms proposed by a state task force that wants to change how Metra, Pace and the CTA operate in the wake of a patronage scandal.

     
  • Elgin’s Metra station would be among the stops when rail service between Chicago and Rockford starts next year.

    Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?Apr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elgin leaders are expecting “unprecedented growth” in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a long-envisioned commuter train service in town. “It’s important for the whole area to have sound infrastructure and transportation, and helps (with) recruiting business to this area,” said Bob Malm, director of the Elgin Development Group.

     
  • Suspicious package on freight car delays Aurora Metra trainApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A suspicious package on a freight car near Eola Road in Aurora delayed some Metra commuters Saturday afternoon, officials said. A train on Metra's BNSF line was stopped at the Route 59 station for an hour while police investigated the package, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

     
  • Metra officials hope ethics reforms will win back the public’s trust.

    Will patronage log put Metra on right track?Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Don't casually drop the name of your son as a prospective Metra conductor to a board director or it could end up on an official record, following ethics changes instituted Friday. The reforms are intended to deter political patronage but include everyone.

     
  • Metra Chairman Martin Oberman wants to regain the public’s trust in the agency.

    Chairman says reclaiming trust key to raising Metra fundsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra riders know the agency’s problems range from political patronage to aging equipment. Chairman Martin Oberman hopes resolving the first issue will give commuters enough faith in the agency to help pay to fix the second.

     
  • Michael Madigan

    Investigation clears speaker of meddling in Metra jobsApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The state's legislative inspector general concluded Speaker Michael Madigan and Hispanic lawmakers did not violate any laws following claims of political pressure involving jobs at Metra this summer.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Track repairs will be ongoing on the BNSF Line from Monday until May 2.

    BNSF riders can expect some variety during track repairs Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra riders will experience some delays on the BNSF Line as the commuter railway undertakes track resurfacing the last two weeks of April

     
  • Task force co-chairs George Ranney, left, and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, along with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, want transit reforms.

    Can lawmakers police themselves in reforming transit?Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's one thing to cheer on transit reforms in the abstract. It's quite another when the group recommending the reforms has the audacity to suggest that you are part of the problem. That's the paradox facing lawmakers in the wake of some revolutionary ideas on fixing transit.

     
  • Phil Pagano

    FBI report details Pagano’s affairs, ‘lies’Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Phil Pagano’s lies caught him in a professional, financial and moral spiral that contributed to his downfall, one former girlfriend told the FBI. “As the lies got bigger ... (Pagano) thought he could get away with everything,” an FBI report quotes the girlfriend regarding the late Metra executive director who killed himself by stepping in front of a train May 7, 2010.

     
  • Task force Co-Chairs George Ranney, left, and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, along with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, want transit reforms.

    Metra chair weighs in on task force proposalApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    He likes the ethics smackdown but usually outspoken Metra Chairman Martin Oberman is reserving judgment on a plan to merge CTA, Metra and Pace. A state task force has released new details on a history of patronage at Metra.

     
  • The CTA, Metra and Pace would merge and the Regional Transportation Authority would be eliminated under a recommendation by a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and PaceMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. “The RTA has got to go,” said civic leader George Ranney, who co-chaired the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.

     
  • Alex Clifford

    Ex-Metra CEO heads back to California for transit jobMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    A pivotal figure in Metra's patronage scandal last summer may be leaving Chicago soon. Former CEO Alex Clifford could be headed back to California for a transit leadership job pending a vote this week.

     
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