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  • Milwaukee District North train kills pedestrian Aug 4, 2014 9:03 PM
    An outbound Metra train on the Milwaukee District North Line struck and killed a pedestrian just before 5 p.m. between the Morton Grove and Golf stations, Metra officials said.

  • Driver struck by Metra train in Round Lake Park expected to recover, while police await toxicology results Aug 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    Round Lake Park police said a driver who was critically injured after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Metra commuter train early Saturday is now in stable condition after surgery and is expected to recover.

  • The Soapbox Aug 3, 2014 8:45 AM
    Daily Herald editors write about the recovering economy in the 'burbs, a touching funeral for a baby, and a state study that seems to lack purpose, among other things.

  • Police: Gurnee man hit by train drove around crossing gates Aug 2, 2014 6:42 PM
    Round Lake Park police said a driver is in critical condition after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Metra commuter train early Saturday. Police Chief George Filenko said tje 46-year-old Gurnee man drove may have been under the influence of alcohol. Area fire departments had to extricate the man from the four-door Oldsmobile Alero.

  • Des Plaines woman killed by train founded Splash Dog Aug 1, 2014 7:42 PM
    Amy Thier, the 45-year-old founder of Splash Dog Inc. in Des Plaines, was riding her bicycle home to play with her own dogs during her hourlong break Thursday evening when she was accidentally struck and killed by an express Metra train near the Cumberland depot on Northwest Highway. “She was just the greatest person in the world,” her tearful husband Leo recalled in front of their Des Plaines home Friday. “She had the biggest heart.”

  • Railroad crossing work to close Route 120 in Grayslake Jul 31, 2014 5:16 AM
    Busy Route 120 just west of Route 83 in Grayslake will be closed for 10 days beginning Monday, Aug. 4, for rail crossing repairs. The lengthy detour for drivers will be Alleghany Road to Peterson Road to Route 83. "I usually try to avoid 120 anyway," said Grayslake resident Amy Shriberg.

  • Report: Falsified work logs at Metra caused problems Jul 29, 2014 5:39 AM
    Falsified work logs at Metra led to some employees being paid for work they didn't do and others not getting paid when they showed up, a report released Monday says. But the commuter rail agency blasted the Illinois executive inspector general's report as a waste of time that documented a practice that was once widely used and was abandoned by Metra three years ago.

  • Editorial: No alarm, but concern is appropriate at Metra Jul 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says an increase in discipline cases at Metra deserves to be watched, but is no sign of alarm.

  • Barrington Metra station just got more colorful Aug 6, 2014 4:55 PM
    The project to renovate the exterior of the Barrington Metra station, a significant focal point in the village, has been completed. At the end of May, work began to replace the brick pavers that serve as walkways around the station with colored and stamped concrete.

  • Hanover Park’s Craig to replace Mulder on Metra board Jul 23, 2014 6:20 PM
    Cook County commissioners picked Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig to fill a vacant spot on the Metra board Wednesday. Craig will attend his first Metra meeting in August, replacing former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder.

  • Investigations of Metra engineers on the rise for 2014 Jul 24, 2014 5:14 AM
    The number of discipline cases involving Metra engineers for the first half of 2014 is 11 - the same total for all of 2013. The negative trend ... officials said. A look at problems over three years revealed speeding and signal violations plus a bathroom faux pas. “Some years you have relatively low numbers and some you have relatively high numbers," Metra Executive Director Don Orseno said. "We're doing everything we can do to drive those numbers down.”

  • More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns Jul 21, 2014 5:16 AM
    Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with Quiet Zones — is for you.

  • Metra board to ask, should we raise fares in 2015? Jul 18, 2014 4:34 PM
    A possible shortfall in Metra’s 2015 budget means fare increases are one possibility the agency’s board could consider in the next few months, although officials stressed it’s still early in the process. Metra’s 2014 budget was $728 million and estimates for 2015 indicate spending could grow by $49 million or so.

  • Elgin man killed by Metra train Jul 9, 2014 6:45 PM
    Authorities said a 56-year-old Elgin man was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon by a Metra train on the Milwaukee District West Line in Elgin. The man apparently was walking in the middle of the tracks, with his back to the approaching train that had just left the Big Timber Road station in Elgin, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

  • Pedestrian hit by Metra train dies in Elgin Jul 8, 2014 5:25 PM
    An Metra train on the Milwaukee District West Line struck and killed a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon near Route 31 in Elgin, a spokesman said. The train had just left the Big Timber Road station and struck the pedestrian at 3:35 p.m. before reaching the State Street station, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. “They are still at the scene, but we are able to get trains through at walking speed,” Gillis said. “It is a fatality.”

  • Metra back to normal after train hits Hinsdale bridge Jun 28, 2014 6:00 PM
    A double-decker freight train struck a wood beam hanging down from an overpass Saturday morning near Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, causing Metra delays on the BNSF Line operating from Aurora to Chicago.

  • Editorial: Metra should get on board with Ventra Jun 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says Metra should have a greater sense of urgency about integrating the Ventra payment card with Pace and CTA.

  • Metra train collides with car near Hinsdale Jun 23, 2014 9:05 AM
    A Metra train collided with a car Monday near Hinsdale, causing more delays on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line, according to the Chicago Tribune. The accident occurred around 7:35 a.m. Outbound trains are operating 30 to 70 minutes behind schedule, the Metra website is reporting.

  • Metra, Lombard hosting open house for pedestrian underpass project Jun 23, 2014 5:49 PM
    Anyone curious to learn more about a pedestrian underpass project slated to begin next week in downtown Lombard is welcome to attend an open house Wednesday evening to meet with project officials and ask questions. The open house will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the Helen Plum Memorial Library. The underpass project is part of a $7.8 million makeover of Lombard’s Metra station that includes the addition of canopies and shelters on the platforms, new retaining walls, accessible ramps and landscaping.

  • BNSF pledges better communication in light of train delays Jun 20, 2014 4:50 PM
    Sorry your train moved like a snail earlier in June, BNSF Railroad executives said at a Metra meeting. The slowdowns, caused by repairs, followed after a May filled with BNSF delays in order to replace rail ties.

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