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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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