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Below is a list of press releases related to Metra or about Chicago area events that can be reached by Metra trains. For an archive of older news releases, click on the “Newsroom Archive” link on the left side of this page.

Metra to join with Marines, PODS for Toys for Tots drive 

Metra, the U.S. Marines and PODS® of Chicago will be spreading holiday cheer next Thursday, Dec. 11, when they work together on a Toys for Tots toy drive at all downtown Metra stations. Read More

Beautification projects target Metra stations across the region 

Metra workers have spent the last several months with hammers, paint brushes and other tools sprucing up stations across our system in a focused effort to make our station environments more inviting and welcoming. Read More

Metra Adjusts Schedules on UP North and West Lines 

New schedules will go into effect next week for Metra riders on the Union Pacific North Line to Kenosha and the Union Pacific West Line to Elburn. Read More

Let Metra be Your Sleigh to the Festival of Lights 

As Chicagoland gears up for the holiday season, families across the region make plans to attend what for many has become the official kickoff to Christmas: The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Read More

Metra Board approves 2015 budget with fare increase 

Metra’s Board of Directors today approved a 2015 budget and capital program that includes an average fare increase of 10.8 percent across all fare types to help fund a modernization plan as well as the increasing costs associated with operating commuter rail service. Read More

Metra prepares for winter weather 

As the temperature drops, Metra assures its riders that it has taken a variety of steps this year to be better equipped to deal with cold and snowy weather and better prepared to deliver critical information to its passengers. Read More

Officials celebrate opening of Englewood flyover 

Federal, state and local officials today celebrated the opening of the $142 million Englewood flyover, a major railroad bridge that has eliminated a significant source of train delays on the south side of Chicago and has reduced emissions and noise from idling trains in the neighborhood. Read More

CTA, Metra and Pace Announce Mobile Ventra App 

Transit users across Chicagoland will be able to fully access CTA, Metra and Pace from the smartphone in their pocket starting next year thanks to a first-ever Ventra mobile app that can be used to pay for rides on all three transit systems with a few taps on their mobile devices. Read More

Metra’s 2015 budget includes 10.8 percent fare increase 

Metra today outlined a proposed 2015 budget that calls for an average fare increase of 10.8 percent across all fare types to help fund a modernization plan and pay for other rising costs of doing business. Read More

Metra announces $2.4 billion modernization plan 

Metra today unveiled a long-term, multibillion dollar modernization plan focused on replacing the agency’s aging rail cars and locomotives and addressing the ongoing critical need to maintain safe and reliable service for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters in one of America’s busiest urban markets. Read More

Downers Grove Platforms to Reopen 

Metra will re-open the platforms at the Downers Grove Main Street Station during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Read More

Metra kicks off 2014-2015 safety contest with school rally 

Metra launched its annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest today during a rally at Norman Bridge Elementary on the city’s north side. The theme for the 2014-2015 edition of the contest will be “Unplug for Safety: Look, Listen Live.” Read More

Metra announces changes to Bikes on Trains policy 

Metra today announced that it is revising its “Bikes on Trains” policy to replace bans during exceptionally busy periods with “warning dates,” in which bicycles will be allowed but owners will be cautioned that crowded conditions could prevent Metra from accommodating their initial or return trip. Read More

Metra trains to start using new platforms in Joliet 

Heritage Corridor and Rock Island Line riders who board in Joliet will need to start using different platforms after the morning rush hour on Friday, Sept. 26. Read More

Metra Awarded $20,000 Grant from Operation Lifesaver 

Metra has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Operation Lifesaver for a new public education safety campaign “See Tracks? Think Train!” which will appear on banners affixed to the side of eight rail cars.  Read More

Metra Board to Meet in Lake County 

The September meeting of the Metra Board of Directors will be held in Libertyville, continuing the board’s efforts to promote greater openness and transparency to riders in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. Read More

Metra Police Chief Honored by Law Enforcement Group 

Metra Police Chief Joseph M. Perez is this year’s recipient of the Hector Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association (HISLEA). Read More

Metra Supports Illinois Rail Safety Week 

Metra is participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week, Sept. 14 - Sept. 20. Sponsored by the State of Illinois, this new statewide initiative is designed to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.  Read More

Take Metra to World Music Festival 2014 

The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place from Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  Read More

Rail project to impact Metra’s UP West Line service 

Metra Union Pacific West Line riders will see alterations to midday and weekend train schedules when a major rail replacement project gets underway Sept. 15. Read More

Metra releases accounting of former exec separation costs 

The costs associated with Metra’s settlement with former Executive Director/CEO Alex Clifford last year totaled about $1.3 million, according to a final accounting that was requested by Metra Board Chairman Martin Oberman and released today by Metra. Read More

Metra furthers reforms by filling Chief Audit Officer function 

Metra took yet another step towards reform at the agency by hiring the Bronner Group, a well-respected and experienced auditing firm specializing in government work, to manage the internal auditing function at Metra on an interim basis. Read More

Safety Contest Winners Honored 

Winners of the 2014 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored Friday at the August meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. Read More

Railroad Safety Council recognizes Metra’s Hilary Konczal 

Metra’s Safety Director Hilary Konczal was recently honored by the DuPage Railroad Safety Council (DRSC) for his strong commitment to railroad safety. Read More

Attention Aurora Transportation Center riders Construction starting Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 

Metra riders who use the Aurora Transportation Center at 233 N. Broadway in Aurora are advised that work on an ADA ramp will briefly impact the station’s main pedestrian crossing, the northernmost crossing. Read More

Let Metra Take You to the Air & Water Show 

Metra is planning extra service on Aug. 16-17 to accommodate those attending the Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach and along the city’s lakefront. Read More

Metra Partners with NBC 5 in Back to School Supply Drive 

Metra is partnering with NBC 5 Chicago in a Back To School Supply Drive with collections at all five downtown Metra stations and its headquarters lobby at 547 West Jackson. Metra’s collection dates are August 19-21. Read More

Metra cosponsors major global railroad safety symposium 

Metra is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium, a major conference that will bring experts from around the world together to exchange information, discuss the latest research and share best practices to improve the safety of at-grade rail crossings and prevent railway trespassing. Read More

Metra honored at Elgin Council Meeting 

Metra employees on the Milwaukee District West Line were presented with an official proclamation from the Elgin City Council on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, during the regular monthly meeting. They were honored for their professionalism and commitment to safety, and for making Metra one of the safest railroads in the nation. Read More

Metra Board to meet in Will County 

The July 18 meeting of the Metra Board of Directors will be held in Joliet, continuing the board’s efforts to promote greater openness and transparency to riders in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. Read More

Metra's Orseno, Konczal appointed chairman of the APTA comittees 

Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno and Safety Director Hilary Konczal were appointed chairman of separate American Public Transportation Association (APTA) committees at its recent annual commuter rail conference in Montreal.  Read More

Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin, Union Pacific Announce $90 Million Investment in West Line, Celebrate End of $82 Million CREATE Project 

Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz to announce that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra’s West Line. Read More

Rock Island Construction Schedule set for Saturday 

Metra has issued a construction schedule for Saturday, June 28 on the Rock Island District for a track maintenance project. Read More

Metra will run extra trains on BNSF for Pride Parade 

Metra will operate two extra inbound trains and two extra outbound trains on its Burlington Northern Santa Fe route to accommodate those planning to attend the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29. Read More

Higher Ridership Expected for World Cup Viewing Event 

Thursday’s World Cup soccer match between Team USA and Germany is expected to draw large crowds to downtown Chicago on Thursday for a viewing event at Grant Park’s Butler Field and Metra is expecting soccer fans from throughout the region will using its service to attend the event. Read More

Metra dedicates rehabilitated Cicero Station 

Local elected officials and Metra representatives today officially celebrated the completion of a $4.5 million project to renovate the Cicero Station on the BNSF Line. Read More

Minor changes coming to Metra Electric schedule 

A new Metra Electric schedule that seeks to better match train times to actual operating conditions will go into effect on Sunday, June 29. In most cases, trains will arrive at Millennium Station earlier than the current schedule, so riders are urged to view the new schedule to familiarize themselves with the changes. Read More

BNSF Delays June 11 Update 

BNSF Delays June 11 Update Read More

Metra to host DBE Awards ceremony and networking event 

Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights will host a FREE networking event for small, minority, and women-owned businesses and prime contractors on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at University Center Conference, 525 S. State St., Chicago. Read More

See Metra at Railroad Daze in Franklin Park 

Come out and join Metra and other railroads this weekend for an up close chance to explore our locomotives and rail cars during the 19th annual Railroad Daze Festival in Franklin Park, near the intersection of Calwagner Street and Franklin Avenue. Read More

Minor changes coming to Rock Island schedule 

A new Rock Island schedule that seeks to better match train times to actual operating conditions will start on Sunday, June 15. In some cases, trains will depart earlier than the current schedule, so riders are urged to view the new schedule to familiarize themselves with the changes. Read More

Metra, Northwestern Medicine® and American Heart Association Team Up on Lifesaving Tips 

Metra, Northwestern Medicine® and the American Heart Association are teaming up to provide lifesaving demonstrations at several Metra stations as well as all downtown Chicago stations on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, during the morning rush period from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Read More

Safety Contest Winners Announced 

Winners have been chosen in the 2014 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest, designed to promote and reinforce railroad safety messages and keep our region’s children safe around trains. Read More

Metra launches “Customize Your Commute” 

Metra today launched “Customize Your Commute,” allowing riders to individually choose when to receive email service alerts and also giving them the option to sign up for a variety of other emails about specialized topics. Read More

Metra highlights need to replace critical Elgin bridge 

Metra officials today gave U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth an up-close look at why Metra needs to replace an aging, single-track bridge that carries the Milwaukee West Line over the Fox River near Elgin. Read More

Metra Family Fares Extended for Summer Travel 

Metra will extend its popular “Family Fares” program to include weekdays, starting Monday, June 16 through Friday, August 29. Read More

Metra, UP and local officials break ground on Lombard work 

Metra, Union Pacific Railroad, Lombard and DuPage County officials broke ground Wednesday on more than $9.7 million in improvements at the Lombard Station along the UP West Line, including a new pedestrian underpass, rebuilt platforms and new platform canopies. Read More

Metra hires new chief to modernize police department 

Metra today announced that it has hired Joseph M. Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force. Read More

Metra team recognized for best safety practices  

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently recognized Metra for its commitment to employee safety in best safety practices from railroads around the industry at the annual Railroad Safety Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Read More

Flossmoor Station Renewal Gets Underway 

Metra and Flossmoor Village officials today broke ground on a major $4 million project to rebuild the platforms and related facilities at the Flossmoor Station on Metra’s Electric District Line. Read More

Metra Gears up for Severe Weather with New Anemometers 

They are small devices with a tongue-twister name but Metra and its contract carriers, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, are hoping they can help minimize delays on our rail system when severe spring and summer storms strike the Chicago region. Read More

Metra to celebrate National Train Day at Chicago Union Station on May 10 

Come out and get an up close look at a Metra locomotive and rail car during Amtrak’s National Train Day on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chicago Union Station, Canal Street and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago. Read More

Metra work to close Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville May 2-7 

Milwaukee Avenue will be closed at its intersection with the Metra Milwaukee North Line in Libertyville from 9 am on May 2 through about noon on May 7 so Metra can completely replace the grade crossing at that location. Read More

Metra’s Citizens Advisory Board Welcomes Three New Members 

Metra’s Citizens Advisory Board welcomes three new members to its board. The Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) was formed to provide valuable feedback from customers on Metra’s service and the impact of policies and programs on the communities it serves. Read More

Electric District Track Project Begins This Week 

Metra has issued a construction scheduled for midday service on the Metra Electric District for a major track maintenance project slated to begin April 17. Read More

Metra Board adds reform to deter improper influence in hiring 

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously passed a reform measure aimed at increasing transparency in the hiring process and reinforcing a ban on political influence by requiring all employment-related communications to be entered into a log that is available to the public. Read More

Metra to host DBE workshop on May 1, 2014 

Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights will host a FREE workshop for small, minority, and women-owned businesses on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The DBE workshop will be held at Metra headquarters located at 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 2nd Floor. Read More

Metra Adjusts Schedules on Milwaukee District Lines 

Schedules will be changed on three North Line trains and two West Line trains and go into effect on April 13. In most cases, the schedules are being adjusted to better reflect actual operations and add no more than two minutes to the trains’ arrival times at the final destination. Read More

Major Track Project to Impact Metra’s BNSF Line Service 

As part of Metra and BNSF Railway’s efforts to maintain and improve the quality of service, a major tie replacement and track resurfacing project will be getting underway during the last two weeks of April on Metra’s BNSF Line to Aurora. Read More

Downers Grove Platform Project Set to Begin 

Spring has officially arrived and with it construction season. Metra is advising commuters who use the BNSF Line’s Downers Grove Main Street Station to be aware that a platform replacement project set to begin this month will close off access to portions of the boarding platforms for much of the spring and summer. Read More

Remarks by Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno at City Club of Chicago 

It has now been six months since a new leadership team has taken over the reins at Metra. Read More

Metra Board to Meet in DuPage County 

Hoping to promote greater openness and participation in the region’s public transportation planning and governance process, the Metra Board of Directors will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting in DuPage County. Read More

Railroad finance expert to chair Metra Audit Committee 

Metra Chairman Martin J. Oberman today announced the appointment of board member Norman Carlson to chair the newly constituted Board Audit Committee and to oversee the financial activities of the agency. Read More

Metra Board approves contract for Lombard station work 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved an $8.1 million contract to construct a pedestrian underpass and related improvements at the Lombard Station along the UP West Line. Read More

Metra to host DBE Certification workshop on March 27, 2014 

Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights will host a FREE Certification Workshop for small minority and/or women-owned businesses on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) workshop will be held at Metra headquarters located at 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 2nd Floor. Read More

Metra billboard wins local Addy Award 

A digital billboard touting Metra as the Chicago area’s “Real Expressway” has been honored with a local Silver Addy award from the American Advertising Federation. The billboard, created by Staples Marketing and Metra’s marketing team as part of the “Metra Makes Life Easier” campaign last spring, won the award in the category of “Out-of-Home, Outdoor Board, Flat.” The American Advertising Federation’s Madison, Wis., chapter announced the award last weekend. Read More

Metra ridership increases 1.2 percent in 2013 

Metra provided 82.3 million passenger trips last year to commuters in the six-county region, a 1.2 percent increase over 2012 and the fifth-highest total in the agency’s history. The figures, based on ticket sales, were presented Friday to the Metra Board of Directors. Read More

Oberman elected chairman of Metra Board of Directors 

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously elected Martin J. Oberman, a former Chicago alderman with a long career as a leader of the reform effort in politics, to be the next chairman of the board. Read More

Metra Board to Hire Chief Audit Officer 

Metra’s Board of Directors voted at its last meeting to hire a new Chief Audit and Compliance Officer (CAO). The CAO will have a dual reporting line to the executive director and The Board of Directors. The primary duties of the CAO are to provide additional oversight of the executive director, board expenses and Metra departments including human resources and procurement. Read More

Metra connects you to the Auto Show 

Whether you need a new set of wheels or enjoy seeing the latest concept cars, the Chicago Auto Show has something for everyone and Metra can get you there. Read More

Railroad veteran named Metra’s executive director 

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously selected Donald A. Orseno, a lifelong railroader who has worked at Metra for more than three decades, as the next Executive Director/CEO of the commuter rail agency. Read More

Metra sets out to modernize its police department 

Metra said Wednesday that it has begun to implement the recommendations of an independent, in-depth assessment of its police department so that it is better prepared to ensure the safety and security of riders, staff, assets and infrastructure. Read More

Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest has been extended 

We have an important announcement regarding the Safety Poster and Essay Contest. Due to the recent inclement weather that forced schools across our region to close for several days, we have decided to extend the contest deadline by two weeks. The new deadline will be Friday, February 14, 2014. Read More