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  • Metra riders want more information about train delays when they occur.

    Metra’s Milwaukee North line deemed slowest during January weather woesFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra officials explained what train lines were the worst for on-time performance during the polar vortex and talked about solutions to what some riders consider a stone-age communications system.

     
  • John S. Gates joined the RTA as chairman in summer 2013.

    Outspoken RTA chairman exiting in JuneFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The RTA's without a leader as mercurial chairman John S. Gates announces he won't seek re-election in June when his term expires. Gates' tenure will be marked by skirmishes with transit agencies and pointed criticisms of their failings.

     
  • Martin Oberman will have his hands full as Metra's new chairman. The former independent Chicago alderman was selected as chairman of the agency's board last week.

    Metra's new chairman lays out agendaFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    How does a bicycle-riding, bow tie-wearing, Rahm Emanuel appointee who lives in Lincoln Park fit as chairman of an agency considered to be suburban turf? Like a glove, Martin Oberman says. “There is no need for the idea of a competition or jealousy between city and suburbs,” he said.

     
  • Dan Donnelly of Lisle asks during a public hearing Monday night in Naperville why Metra service on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line has become so unreliable the past few years, calling it “abysmal.” Donnelly was one of about 50 commuters who attended the hearing to pose questions to Metra CEO Don Orseno and BNSF Director of Suburban Services Pat Casler.

    Metra commuters in Naperville list their complaintsFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Switching problems, frozen brake shoes, snowed-in train yards and jammed doors were all among causes of cold-weather train delays explained to Metra riders Monday night in Naperville. But riders had more than weather-related issues on their minds. “I’m afraid Metra is basically hiding the problem behind the bad weather,” said Dan Donnelly of Lisle.

     
  • Martin Oberman

    Oberman picked to chair Metra boardFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Chicago attorney with a record of independence is a good fit for Metra chairman, several suburban board members said. Director Martin Oberman is Metra's latest board chairman. After three years of scandal and turnover, Oberman promised transparency at the beleaguered agency.

     
  • A Metra train plows past the Arlington Heights station in subzero temperatures last month.

    Transit agencies on defensive at state hearingFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    State lawmakers put transit leaders on the spot Monday with questions about Metra's handling of the polar vortex, the transition to Ventra, and an embarrassing report on inappropriate comments by RTA executives.

     
  • Don Orseno

    Naperville-area legislators hosting Metra public hearing Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Commuters frustrated with the service delays that seemingly have struck every line in Metra’s suburban rail system this year will have a venue to seek some answers Monday. Two Naperville-area state legislators are hosting a public hearing with Metra CEO Don Orseno and other officials who will make a presentation and respond to questions beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the Naperville municipal center, 400 S. Eagle St.

     
  • Jack Partelow

    Could choosing a Metra chairman be ‘sparks’ free? Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra could have two new leaders in the space of two weeks. The board is set to meet Tuesday and likely will chose a new chairman from three Cook County candidates. The last two chairman exited abrupty ini the midst of controversy.

     
  •  Members of HIP pose at the Palatine train station. The running group gathers there every Saturday.

    Runners, walkers make a date at train station in Palatine Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Once a month, the Palatine Metra Station is a bustling place to be on a Saturday morning. Fourteen vendors bring the Palatine Farmers Market inside, and they’re attracting more and more customers, including Leo Tyska and his running club, HIP.

     
  •  Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, right, testifies to the RTA last summer during a hearing. Clifford’s severence deal could end up costing Metra $871,000, an RTA audit forecasts.

    Much-criticized exit deal with ex-CEO still costing Metra Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Since late June, Metra has paid more than $319,000 to Alex Clifford, the transit executive who left this summer after raising questions about political pressure from the state’s most powerful lawmakers. His total payout could climb as high as $871,000.

     
  • Don Orseno

    Metra gives CEO job to its interim chief Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra officials today picked an experienced railroader to lead the agency at a pivotal moment in its history. Interim CEO Don Orseno, former chief of operations and a train engineer early in his career, won what some might consider the dubious honor of moving Metra forward. Orseno will be paid $262,000 a year. He was among four candidates being considered.

     
  • Metra police future needs public airingJan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial credits Metra for commissioning a report on its police force but insists the agency should deal more openly with its conclusions.

     
  • Brian Reaves

    Metra CEO decision possible Friday Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra could have a permanent CEO by the end of the week. The board of directors is expected to interview candidates, including interim Executive Director Don Orseno Friday and may vote. The new chief replaces Alex Clifford who left in a blaze of publicity.

     
  •  Barrington plans to spend about $120,000 later this year upgrading the exterior of its downtown train station. Planned work includes replacing bricks and worn pavement, improving landscaping and adding accessibility features for disabled commuters.

    Renovations on track at Barrington Metra station Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The exterior of the Barrington Metra station will undergo renovations later this year that include replacing weatherworn, cracked walkways with fresh concrete and new bricks and landscaping upgrades. The village has budgeted about $120,000 for the project.

     
  •  Canadian National workers inspect the tracks at the Winchester Road crossing in Libertyville Tuesday morning. A freight train derailed causing Metra delays along the North Central line.

    Metra riders fed up with service disruptions Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    A freight derailment that suspended trains on the North Central Service Tuesday was the last straw for some Metra riders after a month of delays and cancellations. "The most recent set of delays has served to shake my confidence in the whole system and consider using my car to commute every day," one rider said.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Once ice gets into a railroad switch, it’s time-consuming to dislodge it.

    Metra weathering latest polar episode Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Delays peppered Metra lines Monday but lowered expectations and fewer riders made the morning rush relatively uneventful compared to the first below-zero debacles Jan. 6.

     
  • A train passes by railroad officials Thursday as they investigate a fatal crash involving a vehicle and Metra train at the Route 134 crossing in Round Lake Park. A man and his daughter were killed in the crash Wednesday evening.

    Police: Alcohol factor in fatal Round Lake Park train crashJan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police say alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a man and his daughter when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a Metra train on Route 134 in Round Lake Park on Wednesday night.

     
  • Train scrapes front of car in Palatine Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Palatine woman who got caught in traffic too close to the railroad tracks Wednesday morning had the front of her vehicle scraped by a Metra train, Palatine police said.

     
  • Train strikes SUV in Round Lake Park, killing driver Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Metra train struck an SUV in Round Lake Park shortly after 6 p.m., killing at least one person, Metra officials said. Milwaukee District North Line train No. 2129 struck a Range Rover at the crossing near Route 134 and Porter Drive, killing the driver, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

     
  •  Metra’s police force has problems, a consultants’ report found.

    Report: Metra police were untrained in firearms, didn’t ride trains Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra unveiled a critical report of its police department by consultants that found flaws in planning, training, staffing and overtime. “One of the most remarkable findings of our assessment was that Metra officers rarely ride trains,” the consultants wrote. “It was surprising to us that almost no one indicated his or her job is to protect the passengers.”

     
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