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  • 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.

  • South Side bridge should help region’s freight bottleneck Oct 23, 2014 5:25 PM
    A bridge on the south side of Chicago should help reduce freight train congestion throughout the region. Railroad executives and lawmakers celebrated the opening of the Englewood flyover Thursday.

  • Pyke: Is 10-year plan for Metra hikes justified? Oct 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    That Metra fare hike for capital construction is a pain, but at least I'd get more express trains, right? Nope. How about Wi-Fi? Working on it. Weekend service on the North Central? Nope. What you would get are new locomotives and cars. We'll explain why Metra puts those first.

  • Metra smartphone app should be ready for riders in May Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    Metra inked a contract with Cubicy, the CTA and Pace's Ventra fare system developer, to create a smartphone app. It would allow passengers to buy and display tickets on their phones and could let Metra recoup some lost dollars from unpunched tickets. “We want to be sure we roll it out right,” senior planner Lynnette Ciavarella said.

  • Feds find Metra ‘generally compliant’ but cite safety issues Oct 16, 2014 6:25 PM
    Metra could do better when it comes to safety, a federal report finds. Although generally compliant with regulations, the feds concluded that conductors were torn between safety-related tasks and collecting fares, that more warnings are needed for engineers when crossing tracks and a confidential phone line for "close calls" would help.

  • Transit app to debut in February for Metra, CTA and Pace riders Oct 15, 2014 1:28 PM
    In February, Metra expects to start testing a smartphone app that lets riders purchase tickets on trains and display them to conductors. The feature could also be used to add value to Ventra cards for CTA and Pace commuters.

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