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  • Metra service expansion called unlikely in face of shortfall Aug 15, 2014 4:59 PM
    Metra's strategic plan needs to face the fact there's no money right now for more express trains or new stations -- such as in Marengo, Hampshire, Richmond, Sugar Grove and Oswego -- and other commuter dreams, officials said Friday. Meanwhile, the question of whether a fare hike looms in 2015 remains a mystery. (Plus, video of safety poster awards.)

  • Editorial: All of us have work to do to make rails safer Aug 12, 2014 9:02 AM
    Everyone, not just safety experts, has work to do to improve rail safety, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Railroad accidents underscore safety conference's mission Aug 11, 2014 5:07 AM
    How do we make rail crossings safer? A group of international experts gathered at the University of Illinios this week to share ideas and learn from some local experts. “Highway-rail grade crossing and trespassing accidents were up in 2013, and we're seeing a continued uptick in this fiscal year,” Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

  • Des Plaines to help pay for Metra station coffee shop Aug 10, 2014 4:17 PM
    Des Plaines aldermen last week approved providing up to $15,000 to help fund construction of a coffee shop inside the city’s downtown Metra station. The money, to be provided through proceeds from the city’s downtown tax increment financing district, is part of the city’s business assistance program.

  • Last segment of Washington Street to be widened next year Aug 9, 2014 7:30 AM
    Lake County officials are set to approved measures associated with plans to widen Washington Street and build an underpass at the rail crossing in Grayslake. That project and one immediately west will be done simultaneously as the last remaining sections of Washington for its length trhough central Lake County to be widened. "It's a very important roadway for us," said Al Giertych, assistant county engineer.

  • Metra restores full service this morning on BNSF line Aug 8, 2014 5:39 AM
    Metra riders whose rush-hour commute home imploded Thursday afternoon after two people were killed on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line should only see minor delays this morning, according to the Metra website. Metra had canceled four trains scheduled to arrive at Union Station between 7 a.m. and 8:17 a.m., but announced at 5:30 a.m. that full service had been restored.

  • Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs Aug 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    Despite committing to transparency, Metra opposed making public the state inspector general's probe into fake work logs. The state watchdog's report would only confuse the public, the agency argued. Meanwhile, Metra's hiring of one of the attorneys who investigated it is raising some eyebrows.

  • 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.

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