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  • Mulder, Schaffer exit Metra board Jun 20, 2014 5:42 PM
    Outgoing Metra board Directors Arlene Mulder and Jack Schaffer were serenaded by colleagues Friday. Chairman Martin Oberman told Schaffer he'd need to appoint a "chairman of outspokenness" in his absence.

  • Freight train hits pedestrian in Lake Forest Jun 19, 2014 8:51 PM
    A freight train struck a pedestrian Thursday night near the Metra station in Lake Forest, officials said. Police responded to the scene about 8 p.m. near Everett and Waukegan roads.

  • Cook County to screen Arlene Mulder replacement on Metra publicly Jun 16, 2014 4:48 PM
    Like trains? Like meetings? You might be the next Metra board director representing northwest Cook County. Cook County officials said they'll hold an open meeting to interview candidates to replace outgoing board member Arlene Mulder in July. “There’s no question keeping the process as open and transparent as possible will give the public a greater belief we’re selecting the best possible candidate we can and not just someone who’s a friend of a friend,” Tim Schneider said.

  • Investigation continues into teen’s electrocution at Metra yard Jun 16, 2014 6:23 PM
    Metra police are investigating how a Chicago teenager died after getting into a rail yard in south suburban University Park and climbing on top of a train Friday evening. The preliminary cause of death is electrocution, authorities said.

  • Outgoing Metra directors describe ups, downs at agency Jun 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Friday marks the departure of veteran Metra board directors Arlene Mulder and Jack Schaffer from the agency that’s seemed more like a soap opera than a transit organization in the past four years. In interviews last week, the two, who have a combined 17 years on Metra, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the highs, and extreme lows, during a time marked by scandal, political hanky-panky and a very public suicide. They also spoke of Metra’s climb back to stability and the future.

  • Feds probe Metra after safety complaints Jun 6, 2014 6:13 PM
    The Federal Railroad Administration is cracking down on Metra after three risky situations — two during rush hour — involving speeding and violating signals that led to three engineers being taken off-duty. “By acting now, we can help prevent a serious accident where commuters could be hurt,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement Friday.

  • George Ranney dishes on the RTA, Route 53 and 15 years in the fray Jun 2, 2014 5:14 AM
    Libertyville native George Ranney, CEO of the former Metropolis Strategies, opens up about the state of transit funding ('that's nuts'), how to pay for extending Route 53 ('let's get real'), and the RTA ('they haven't been able to bring people together').

  • One Metra vacancy down (almost), one still open May 29, 2014 6:24 PM
    An Algonquin businessman is poised to sit on the Metra board while another spot representing northwest Cook County is still in play. McHenry County Chairwoman Tina Hill has selected former county board member Marc Munaretto to replace outgoing Metra Director Jack Schaffer. Meanwhile, Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider is accepting applications for the position currently held by former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, who steps down in June.

  • Commuters can personalize alerts from Metra May 28, 2014 4:59 AM
    Metra's letting riders target what information they want and don't want regarding information about delays or other issues. Plus, track work on the BSNF is over.

  • Winchester Road closure: May 26, 2014 4:47 PM
    The railroad crossing on Winchester Road west of Milwauakee Avenue in Libertyville will be closed for 14 days beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 5.

  • Bartlett officials want to fix Metra platform problem May 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    Bartlett residents and downtown businesses have long taken issue with the two Metra platforms in town. Now, a village panel has recommended reconfiguring the platforms closer together to make the downtown more accessible and convenient to commuters and visitors.

  • Metra to use federal, state funds to speed up service May 16, 2014 5:26 PM
    Metra will use some extra federal and state cash to improve a busy section of track to get trains through faster. Officials also are apologizing to BNSF Line commuters for delays caused by track repairs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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