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  • Pyke: More airline charges, gas tax hike top 2015 transit predictions Jan 5, 2015 5:22 AM
    Momentum for a western terminal at O'Hare. A new train line in the Loop. Airlines charging for aisle seats. And expansion of sales or gas taxes in Illinois to pay for transportation. Three experts predict what to expect on the transportation front in 2015.

  • Metra hopes to avoid missteps of 2014 polar vortex Jan 6, 2015 9:07 AM
    Is Metra ready for Polar Vortex II? Even if it's a lesser version of the big chill of 2014, riders are concerned about a meltdown following delays Monday with snow forecast for today. CEO Don Orseno said the agency is as ready as it can be.

  • Celebrating tonight? Don’t forget public transit Dec 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    To usher out 2014, the CTA is offering free rides and Metra's cracking down on imbibing aboard trains New Year's Eve night. Meanwhile, truckers will wake up to higher tolls in 2015.

  • Woman stuck on Metra tracks rescued before crash Dec 23, 2014 10:58 AM
    A man who rescued an elderly woman from a car stuck on railway tracks in southwest suburban Chicago says he looked up to see an oncoming Metra commuter train bearing down on them. Ed Suarez of Western Springs ran from his own car when he saw the woman’s vehicle turn onto the tracks and continue to drive. She told him she could not walk, so he grabbed her arm, threw it over his neck and carried her to safety. “Heck yeah, I was scared,” Suarez told the Chicago Sun-Times. As he and another passer-by dragged the woman to safety, a train headed from Chicago to Aurora struck the vehicle’s door. The rescue took place Monday afternoon in Western Springs. The woman was taken to a hospital in La Grange and later released. Suarez jumped from his own car and chased after the woman’s vehicle until it stopped further down the tracks. “She opened the door and I said, ‘We gotta go, we gotta go’ because I could see the light of the train coming toward us,” Suarez told the Sun-Times. “I grabbed her arm, I put it over my neck and I dragged her out of the car.” When police arrived, several officers used their bodies to shield the woman from any debris that might result from the impact, but all were unhurt, Suarez said. “It was unbelievable,” he said.

  • Metra hopes plan eases overcrowding at Union Station Dec 16, 2014 8:18 PM
    Metra and Amtrak unveiled a plan to accommodate riders when there's a overwhelming surge of passengers at Union Station. Sardine-like and disorganized conditions have been the norm previously.

  • Hinsdale teen critical after being struck by train Dec 14, 2014 12:29 PM
    A 17-year-old girl who was struck by a Metra train Saturday night in Hinsdale remains in critical condition at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, authorities said Sunday.

  • Metra starts push for latest congestion relief megaproject Dec 12, 2014 5:16 PM
    Metra kicked off a lobbying campaign for $1 billion Friday to build two bridges and new tracks they promise will fix a freight and passenger train bottleneck on the South Side of Chicago. Officials hinted the payoff for other commuters could be more trains on Amtrak and the BNSF Line.

  • Pyke: Do tax breaks encourage driving over transit? Dec 8, 2014 5:10 AM
    Why is the tax credit for taking Metra, Pace or the CTA to work just half of a tax credit for parking downtown? It's not right, local lawmakers say. “You don’t want different incentives for driving versus taking mass transit,” said congressman Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat.

  • Suspicious package leads to temporary train delays Nov 25, 2014 9:34 PM
    What appeared to be a suspicious package on the tracks near the Aurora Metra station temporarily delayed trains on the BNSF line Tuesday, Metra officials said.

  • Proposed sales tax hike would fund transportation projects, more Nov 24, 2014 5:15 AM
    Would you pay 25 cents more on a $100 purchase to put a bridge over the Fox River? Or repair a CTA line? Or build a road near O’Hare to relieve congestion? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning hopes you will, and is set on convincing lawmakers to raise the regional sales tax to generate $300 million a year for transportation, water and open space projects in northeastern Illinois.

  • Metra board approves 10.8 percent fare hike Nov 14, 2014 2:28 PM
    Metra leaders Friday approved an average 10.8 percent fare hike that will pay employees more and buy essential equipment but won’t deliver any extras such as more express trains or additional weekend and late-night service. Board Director John Zediker of Naperville suggested halving the increase. “Clearly, we can’t balance everything on the backs of the riders” he said.

  • Metra answers frustrations on fare hikes, staff raises Nov 14, 2014 5:27 AM
    Aren't existing locomotives good enough? Why were public hearings inconveniently timed? Does Metra get that I'm not receiving a pay increase as it plans to hike fares? Why are some conductors rude? Metra answers riders' questions in advance of a vote today on whether to raise fares.

  • Editorial: Doubts cloud proposed Metra fare increases Nov 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Skeptics wondering if Metra's fare hike proposal is too high can point to salary increases given to Metra employees in the last year as one example supporting their case, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Metra employees get raises averaging 15% as agency eyes fare hikes Nov 11, 2014 5:31 AM
    Metra riders are teetering on the brink of a huge fare increase in a year noncontract employees' salaries rose 15 percent on average compared to 2013. "We have to invest in our employees that are unique to the railroad. Underinvesting in our workforce costs us money.” Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno said. But some riders are steamed.

  • What’s Rauner’s take on transit, tollway? Nov 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    What's Bruce Rauner's stand on the things that really matter to commuters -- like tolls and Metra delays? We'll time travel back to the primary where the guarded governor-elect shed some light on his transportation goals, and ask experts to predict the future. Plus new Pace service to Blackhawks games.

  • Metra riders not onboard with fare hike Nov 7, 2014 5:11 AM
    Some commuters spoke their minds about a proprosed 14 percent hike to Metra monthly passes and other fare increases at a Thursday hearing. Metra leaders are expected to vote Nov. 14 on whether to approve the 2015 budget, which includes an average hike of 10.8 percent.

  • Tell Metra what you think about fare increase plan Nov 4, 2014 4:27 PM
    You can’t vote on Metra’s proposed fare hike, but riders can give agency leaders their opinions during a series of hearings this week. The Metra board is expected to vote on the 2015 budget and higher fares Nov. 15. The agency is contemplating an average 10.8 percent increase in 2015 and a series of spikes to follow through 2024 that would total 68 percent compounded over 10 years.

  • RTA, Metra host public session: Nov 3, 2014 4:56 PM
    The Regional Transportation Authority and Metra will hold a joint hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Mundelein village hall, 300 Plaza Circle, to gather public input on their proposed 2015 budgets.

  • Pyke: Could extra transit funding prevent Metra hike? Oct 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    Why should Metra riders care about the state and federal elections? For one reason, you're on the hook for $68 million of a pricey federally mandated automatic braking system. Other commuter rail agencies in other states have the same problem, but state and federal aid has spared passengers the steep fare hikes Metra commuters face.

  • Work continues at Lombard Metra station Oct 25, 2014 7:45 AM
    Workers had mild weather on their side this week as they kept moving steadily along with construction at the Lombard Metra station. An extensive makeover is ongoing at the station, which will include the addition of canopies on platforms, new retaining walls and a pedestrian underpass. Work is scheduled to be complete next spring.

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