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  • Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and Pace Mar 31, 2014 7:45 PM
    A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. “The RTA has got to go,” said civic leader George Ranney, who co-chaired the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.

  • Ex-Metra CEO heads back to California for transit job Mar 26, 2014 11:07 PM
    A pivotal figure in Metra's patronage scandal last summer may be leaving Chicago soon. Former CEO Alex Clifford could be headed back to California for a transit leadership job pending a vote this week.

  • Acting RTA chief aims for policy over politics Mar 24, 2014 5:14 AM
    It’s not the most optimal time to lead the Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA has drawn a growing number of critics, and a powerful state panel is wondering if the agency even needs to exist. But Leanne Redden, the RTA's new interim executive director and a resident of Schaumburg, says she’s up for the challenge.

  • Metra considers cameras at gate crossings Mar 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Metra could install surveillance cameras at problematic railway crossings to deter drivers for ignoring lowered gates and warning bells.

  • Lombard pedestrian tunnel work to start soon Mar 21, 2014 5:58 PM
    Metra commutersand pedestrians in Lombard will get safer passage across the railway crossing with the construction of a tunnel.

  • Barrington board approves work at train station Mar 18, 2014 10:52 AM
    The plan to renovate and beautify the area around the Barrington Metra station this summer was approved by Barrington trustees Monday night at a cost 14 percent higher than budgeted. Mark Werksman, the Barrington Public Works director, said the bids came in higher than expected. “It reflects the market,” Werskman said. “But I don’t know if that is good news or bad news for the economy.”

  • Pedestrian killed by train in Palatine Mar 17, 2014 10:31 AM
    Metra trains between Harvard and Chicago were delayed Sunday after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an outbound train northwest of downtown Palatine. Metra confirmed that a pedestrian was hit by train number 713 about 3:30 p.m. at Baldwin Road, between the Palatine and Barrington stations.

  • Metra talks funding, projects with DuPage officials Mar 11, 2014 6:32 PM
    Before a strategy can be developed to improve how mass transit is funded, Metra Chairman Martin Oberman says the six counties in the region must work in a unified way. “If we are going to have a fiscal strategy that is workable, we need to have as much support politically from our region as possible,” Oberman said after meeting Tuesday with members of the DuPage County’s Board’s ad hoc committee on mass transit.

  • Chicago teen struck and killed by commuter train Mar 7, 2014 8:58 PM
    A 17-year-old Chicago high school student was struck by a commuter train and killed on the city’s Northwest Side as he made his way to school Friday.

  • Editorial: Transit task force on right track about pay Mar 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says preliminary recommendations from a public transit task force ethics committee make sense and could help improve the public's confidence in these agencies.

  • Negotiations with tollway whittled cost from moving pipeline Mar 3, 2014 5:33 AM
    Oh to be in the room when Northwest Cook County mayors learned it would cost millions to move a water pipe in the way of I-90 expansion. “We were knocked head over heels,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. Under a 1984 agreement between the Illinois tollway and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, the towns are on the hook for the $73 million cost of relocating parts of the pipeline for ongoing Jane Addams Tollway improvements.

  • Man jumps on top of Metra train in Chicago Feb 24, 2014 4:57 PM
    Metra officials said morning service was delayed Monday when a man climbed on top of a train in Chicago.

  • Metra’s Milwaukee North line deemed slowest during January weather woes Feb 21, 2014 5:10 PM
    Metra officials explained what train lines were the worst for on-time performance during the polar vortex and talked about solutions to what some riders consider a stone-age communications system.

  • Outspoken RTA chairman exiting in June Feb 19, 2014 6:57 PM
    The RTA's without a leader as mercurial chairman John S. Gates announces he won't seek re-election in June when his term expires. Gates' tenure will be marked by skirmishes with transit agencies and pointed criticisms of their failings.

  • Metra's new chairman lays out agenda Feb 17, 2014 4:58 AM
    How does a bicycle-riding, bow tie-wearing, Rahm Emanuel appointee who lives in Lincoln Park fit as chairman of an agency considered to be suburban turf? Like a glove, Martin Oberman says. “There is no need for the idea of a competition or jealousy between city and suburbs,” he said.

  • Oberman picked to chair Metra board Feb 11, 2014 6:03 PM
    A Chicago attorney with a record of independence is a good fit for Metra chairman, several suburban board members said. Director Martin Oberman is Metra's latest board chairman. After three years of scandal and turnover, Oberman promised transparency at the beleaguered agency.

  • Metra commuters in Naperville list their complaints Feb 11, 2014 9:42 PM
    Switching problems, frozen brake shoes, snowed-in train yards and jammed doors were all among causes of cold-weather train delays explained to Metra riders Monday night in Naperville. But riders had more than weather-related issues on their minds. “I’m afraid Metra is basically hiding the problem behind the bad weather,” said Dan Donnelly of Lisle.

  • Transit agencies on defensive at state hearing Feb 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    State lawmakers put transit leaders on the spot Monday with questions about Metra's handling of the polar vortex, the transition to Ventra, and an embarrassing report on inappropriate comments by RTA executives.

  • Naperville-area legislators hosting Metra public hearing Feb 10, 2014 5:04 AM
    Commuters frustrated with the service delays that seemingly have struck every line in Metra’s suburban rail system this year will have a venue to seek some answers Monday. Two Naperville-area state legislators are hosting a public hearing with Metra CEO Don Orseno and other officials who will make a presentation and respond to questions beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the Naperville municipal center, 400 S. Eagle St.

  • Could choosing a Metra chairman be ‘sparks’ free? Feb 6, 2014 6:32 PM
    Metra could have two new leaders in the space of two weeks. The board is set to meet Tuesday and likely will chose a new chairman from three Cook County candidates. The last two chairman exited abrupty ini the midst of controversy.

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