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  • Libertyville crossing to close again: May 14, 2014 6:07 PM
    Drivers are reminded that the Metra rail crossing on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 17, for repairs to the roadway and crossing.

  • Metra reports delays on Union Pacific North line due to derailment May 12, 2014 7:03 AM
    Metra delays are being reported on the Union Pacific North line after a derailment near Waukegan. Delays are down to 10 to 20 minutes following the overnight derailment.

  • Downtown Libertyville prepares for another rail crossing shut down May 9, 2014 6:02 PM
    Driving through downtown Liberytivlle is not the smooth sailing that had been hoped for after busy Milwaukee Avenue was closed for five days for emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. “It’s terrible — the bump. It’s really ridiculous,” said Mayor Terry Weppler. The crossing again will be closed on May 17 as crews return to fix the problem.

  • Milwaukee Avenue closure begins in downtown Libertyville for rail crossing repairs May 2, 2014 7:47 PM
    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.

  • Metra wind detectors aim to keep trains on time May 2, 2014 6:34 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.

  • Barrington starts Metra station renovations Apr 29, 2014 2:58 PM
    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.

  • 'Code Red': 5-day road closure looms in Libertyville Aug 19, 2014 11:51 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.

  • New coffee shop coming to Des Plaines train station by August Apr 24, 2014 2:19 PM
    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.

  • Report: Unconscious man found near tracks in Glencoe Apr 24, 2014 10:40 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.

  • Downtown Libertyville braces for rail crossing work Apr 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    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.

  • Broken rail equals commuter delays on BNSF line to Aurora Apr 21, 2014 4:38 PM
    Metra commuters on the BNSF Line can expect delays due to a broken rail at Union Station messing up rush-hour traffic.

  • No movement yet on transit reform report Apr 21, 2014 5:30 PM
    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.

  • Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon? Apr 15, 2014 10:51 PM
    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 train Apr 12, 2014 4:35 PM
    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.

  • Will patronage log put Metra on right track? Apr 11, 2014 7:19 PM
    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.

  • Chairman says reclaiming trust key to raising Metra funds Apr 10, 2014 5:00 PM
    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.

  • BNSF riders can expect some variety during track repairs Apr 9, 2014 10:38 PM
    Metra riders will experience some delays on the BNSF Line as the commuter railway undertakes track resurfacing the last two weeks of April

  • Investigation clears speaker of meddling in Metra jobs Apr 9, 2014 7:46 PM
    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.

  • Can lawmakers police themselves in reforming transit? Apr 7, 2014 5:30 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.

  • FBI report details Pagano’s affairs, ‘lies’ Apr 3, 2014 8:12 PM
    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.

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