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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 Electric’s Original Highliner Cars Officially Retired 

Forty-four years after the debut of the original Highliner cars on the Metra Electric Line, the last six of them carried their final passengers today from Chicago to University Park. State Senator Martin Sandoval, State Representative Al Riley, Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno, members of the Metra Board of Directors and other guests took part in the official send-off from Millennium Station Read More

Guilty Plea in Metra Conductor Assault Case 

A Buffalo Grove man today pleaded guilty to assaulting a Metra conductor last December at Chicago Union Station.  Read More

Take Metra to the Chicago Auto Show 

If you plan to attend the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place Feb. 13 through Feb. 21, let Metra take you there. Read More

Metra seeks firm to manufacture up to 367 new railcars 

Metra today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and production of new railcars as part of the agency’s 10-year, $2.4 billion modernization plan.  Read More

Arrests Made in Ashburn Station Break-ins 

Two suspects have been arrested and charged with burglary in connection with several break-ins to vehicles parked at Metra’s Ashburn Station on the its Southwest Service rail line, Metra Police announced today. Read More

Metra reminds customers about Feb. 1 fare increase 

Metra today reminded customers about the fare increase scheduled to take effect on Feb. 1. Read More

Metra debuts new seats on some railcars 

Metra announced plans to launch into service the first of 30 railcars featuring a new style of seats with armrests, built-in cup holders and better head, neck and lumbar support. Railcar 7437 is the first to be equipped with the new seating and will be put in service this week on the Milwaukee District lines. Read More

Metra customers use Ventra App for one millionth ride 

Metra customers have now taken more than 1 million rides using mobile tickets on the new Ventra App, Metra announced today. Read More

Rock Island schedule changes take effect Feb. 1 

Rock Island riders should take note that beginning Monday, Feb. 1, Metra will be making slight adjustments to the schedules of five of the line’s outbound evening trains. Read More

Metra bans hoverboards due to safety concerns 

Metra today announced that hoverboards will no longer be permitted onboard its trains due to concerns over potential fire hazards related to the self-balancing, electronic scooters. Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 10th consecutive month 96.2 percent of trains arrived on time in 2015, the best performance since 2006 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 97.4 percent for the month of December, exceeding its goal for the 10th consecutive month. For all of 2015, Metra operated with an on-time performance of 96.2 percent. Read More

Metra permanently allows pets on all weekend trains  

The Metra Board of Directors today voted to permanently allow small pets in carriers on all weekend trains after a successful pilot program, first on weekend Rock Island Line trains and then on weekend trains on all lines. Read More

Metra Cuts Police Overtime Costs by 33% Since 2013  

Metra has cut police overtime costs by 33 percent over the past two years and overtime hours by 23 percent during the same period according to a report delivered to the Metra Board of Directors today at its monthly meeting. Read More

Metra Board approves $1 million to partner with Amtrak, Chicago and RTA on Union Station design study 

The Metra Board of Directors today voted unanimously to spend $1 million on a study that will produce 30 percent design plans to improve Chicago Union Station. The project will be funded through a partnership between Metra, Amtrak, the City of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). Read More

2015 at Metra: the year in review 

Ventra App tops the list of customer-focused amenities offered in the last 12-months Read More

Metra Police charge suspect in battery of conductor 

The Metra Police Department has charged a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove man with punching a Metra conductor in the face and trying to push him down a stairway at Union Station on Dec. 8. Read More

Congress hands big win to Metra commuters 

Congress today delivered a huge win for Metra commuters who participate in a pre-tax transit benefit plan, nearly doubling the amount of money that can be set aside each month so they can now save as much as $1,100 a year. Read More

Metra adjusts service, adds passes for holiday travel 

Metra schedules will be modified on several days in the coming weeks to better serve the needs of our customers during the holiday season. In addition, a special $8 holiday pass will be available for unlimited travel Dec. 24-25 and another one will be available for Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Read More

Police Officers Honored for Lifesaving Actions 

Two Metra Police officers whose actions are credited with saving the life of a passenger in November were honored today by the Metra Board of Directors at its monthly meeting. Read More

Come Out Saturday to Cheer on Operation North Pole 

The Christmas spirit will be out in full force this Saturday, Dec. 12, as Operation North Pole (ONP) hosts its annual train ride to see Santa for children with serious illnesses and their families. Read More

Wi-Fi now available in all downtown Metra stations 

Metra today announced that all five of its downtown stations now offer free Wi-Fi hotspots and free electric charging outlets. Read More

Metra Makes the Holidays Even More Magical 

Do you have visions of strolling past the Christmas tree at Millennium Park while snow softly falls, or taking in one of Chicago’s internationally renowned holiday shows but the thought of driving downtown and parking keeps you on the sofa? Change it up this year and let Metra be your ride to the magic that is Christmas in Chicago. Read More

Metra prepares for winter weather 

Metra has added some new weapons to its annual battle against cold and snowy weather, installing covers and supercharged heaters to several of the most critical switches in its system and continuing to repair and replace railcar doors that are prone to fail in winter conditions. Read More

Metra to host coat and toy drives 

Metra is partnering with NBC 5 Chicago in its Making A Difference Coat Drive and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation to help families in need. Read More

Metra Adds Early Afternoon Trains To Help Travelers Get Home Thanksgiving Eve 

Metra is operating special schedules ahead of and for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Metra will operate extra “get-away” trains so that its customers can get an early start on their holiday plans. Read More

CTA, Metra and Pace Release New Ventra App to the Public 

The Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace today launched the new Ventra App, making the free app now available for download and use on Apple and Android smartphone and tablet devices via www.ventrachicago.com, the App Store and Google Play. Read More

Make Metra Part of Your Holiday Traditions 

From children’s noses pressed against department store windows twinkling with holiday displays, to ice skating in Millennium Park, the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza and the lights along the Magnificent Mile, the sights and sounds of families enjoying the holiday season in Chicago are everywhere. Read More

Metra names chief safety and environmental officer 

Metra today announced that Hilary Konczal has been named the agency’s first Chief Safety and Environmental Officer. The newly created position puts Metra in line with best practices and Federal Transit Administration recommendations and consolidates safety and environmental units under one officer. Read More

CTA, Metra and Pace Announce New Ventra App Will Launch Next Week 

The Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace today announced that the new Ventra App will be available to the public on Thursday, November 19. Read More

Metra Board approves 2016 budget 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved a $945.5 million budget that provides for $759.8 million in operating costs and $185.7 million to fund capital improvements in 2016. Read More

Metra makes Rock Island weekend express service permanent 

Metra today announced that its experiment with weekend express trains on the Rock Island Line will be made permanent and a new weekday outbound express train will make its debut starting Nov. 30. Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 8th consecutive month 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 97 percent for the month of October, exceeding its goal for the 8th consecutive month. Read More

Union Pacific to fund 7 local railroad safety initiatives 

Union Pacific Railroad and Metra today announced that the Cary, Crystal Lake, Elmhurst, Geneva, Lake Forest, Palatine and South Chicago Heights police departments will receive funding to enhance their respective communities’ understanding of railroad safety. Read More

Metra, UP and local officials dedicate Lombard work 

Metra, Union Pacific Railroad, Lombard and DuPage County officials on Monday celebrated the completion of nearly $9.8 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

Media Statement by Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno On Extension of the Positive Train Control Deadline 

On behalf of Metra and our customers, we wish to thank Members of Congress for passing H.R. 3819, the House Surface Transportation Extension, which also includes an extension of the Positive Train Control implementation deadline to December 31, 2018. Read More

Metra Police charge suspect in threat to conductor 

The Metra Police Department has arrested a 51-year-old Riverdale man and charged him with displaying a knife and threatening to harm a Metra Electric Line conductor and a Metra passenger on Oct. 19. Read More

Take Metra and CTA To Wrigley Field 

Chicago Cubs fans can avoid traffic and parking fees by making Metra part of your plan to watch the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field Oct. 20-22. Read More

Switch Replacement Project to Impact BNSF Line 

BNSF Railway is performing an eight-week, $3 million project to replace 15 track switches in Cicero, a key point along the busy Chicago-to-Aurora route used by Metra commuter service. Read More

Metra Proposes $945.5 Million Budget for 2016 

Metra today proposed a $945.5 million budget that provides for $759.8 million in operating costs and $185.7 million to fund capital improvements in 2016. Read More

Metra Meets On-time Goal for 7th Consecutive Month 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 96.8 percent for the month of September, exceeding its goal for the 7th consecutive month. Read More

Take Metra to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

Metra will operate extra early morning inbound and early afternoon outbound trains on five of its rail lines to accommodate participants and spectators attending this Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Read More

Metra enhances transparency 

Metra today announced it has posted a variety of new information on its website, www.metrarail.com, enhancing the agency’s transparency and accountability for its customers and the region’s taxpayers. Read More

Metra completes installation of charging stations 

Metra announced today that it has completed installation of charging stations at four of its downtown stations. Read More

Metra posts buying plan online 

Metra today posted its updated buying plan online to provide prospective vendors, contractors and subcontractors with a list of equipment, goods and services it expects to purchase within the next twelve months. Read More

Statement from Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno on the introduction of bipartisan legislation to extend the PTC deadline 

"On behalf of Metra and our customers, we wish to thank the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for introducing the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3651)." Read More

Metra Expands Online Ticket Payment Options  

Customers who purchase Metra tickets through the agency’s website – www.metrarail.com – now have the ability to split their payments among credit and debit cards, including pre-tax transit benefit debit cards, Metra announced today. Read More

Metra to test Wi-Fi on 10 cars systemwide 

Metra today announced plans to install Wi-Fi technology on 10 railcars systemwide as part of a new test program to provide free, onboard Wi-Fi to customers. Read More

Metra safety director wins international safety award 

Metra Director of Safety Hilary Konczal has been named to the World Safety Organization Board of Directors and has received the group’s James K. Williams Award for his dedication to programs and practices that promote safety, Metra announced today. Read More

Metra to offer extra service, special fare for half marathon 

Metra will offer extra service on the Metra Electric Line and a special $5 pass for runners and spectators who want to take Metra to the Chicago Half Marathon in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Read More

Metra will have to shut down unless PTC deadline is extended, Metra Board concludes 

The Metra Board of Directors today formally called on Congress to extend the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Control (PTC), agreeing with a staff analysis that in the current regulatory environment Metra will not be able to legally operate beyond that date. Read More

Metra to allow pets on all weekend trains Oct. 10 through January 2016 

The Metra Board of Directors today voted to expand its “Pets on Trains” pilot program to allow small pets in carriers on all weekend trains beginning Oct. 10, after a successful pilot program on weekend Rock Island Line trains. Read More

Metra announces new Chief Human Resources Officer 

Metra today announced the hiring of Michael D. Jones, a seasoned veteran with demonstrated leadership in public transportation, as its new Chief Human Resources Officer. Read More

Metra Meets On-time Goal for 6th Consecutive Month 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 96.3 percent for the month of August, exceeding its goal for the 6th consecutive month. Read More

Metra Launches 10th Annual Safety Contest 

Metra today launched the tenth edition of its annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students to illustrate through posters and essays how everyone should “Make Safety Your Focus: Look, Listen Live” when near railroad tracks and crossings. Read More

First-Ever Ventra App for Riding CTA, Metra and Pace Makes Strong Progress During Development Phase 

Buying Metra mobile tickets with your Ventra account funds or credit or debit card. Adding money to your Ventra account while standing at a CTA or Pace bus stop. Getting real-time train and bus arrival information for CTA, Metra and Pace. Read More

Metra 2016 budget process includes cost-cutting 

As part of its efforts to reduce costs and hold the line on spending, Metra today announced savings and efficiencies totaling $5.7 million that will be incorporated into the agency’s 2016 annual budget plan. Read More

Guilty Plea in 107th St. Station Robbery 

Metra Police announced today that a Chicago man has been convicted of the March 2015 robbery and assault of a woman on the Metra Electric Line’s South Chicago Branch platform at 107th Street. Read More

83rd Street Crossing Replacement to Begin on Metra Electric South Chicago Branch 

Metra is set to begin work this week to replace the infrastructure at the 83rd Street crossing on the Metra Electric Line’s South Chicago Branch. The work will require temporary closing of the roadway at the Metra tracks. Read More

Arrests Made in Harvey Station Robbery 

Metra Police announced today that two suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Metra’s Harvey Station platform earlier this week. Read More

Metra seeks marketing services 

Metra today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a marketing agency to partner with the commuter railroad on reimagining its brand and support Metra’s goal of acquiring 20,000 additional weekday passenger trips. Read More

Metra Steps Up Rail Safety Enforcement 

Metra today announced plans to conduct more than 40 enforcement details at various railroad grade crossings throughout the six-county region it serves during Illinois Rail Safety Week, Sept. 13-19. Read More

Let Metra Take you to the 2015 BMW Championship 

When the PGA’s BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms Wednesday, Sept. 14, don’t putt around in traffic and miss your favorite player’s tee time ̶ just let Metra be your easy tournament connection. Read More

Take Metra to Riot Fest 2015 

Music fans can avoid traffic and parking fees by making Metra part of your plans when this year’s Riot Fest comes to Chicago Sept. 11-13. Read More

Metra moves forward with major rehab for Homewood Station 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved an $585,000 amendment to the agency’s 2015 capital program to fund design for a rehabilitation of the Homewood Station on the Metra Electric Line.  Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 5th consecutive month 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 95.3 percent for the month of July, meeting or exceeding its goal for the 5th consecutive month. Read More

Crossing Replacement Project to Close West Street Crossing in Wheaton 

Work is set to begin next week to replace the crossing at West Street in Wheaton, requiring the temporary closure of the road at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Read More

Crossing Replacement Work to Affect Multiple Crossings on the Metra Electric South Chicago Branch  

Metra has begun work to replace the infrastructure at four rail crossings on the Metra Electric Line’s South Chicago Branch. The work will require temporary closings of the roadway at the Metra tracks. Read More

Metra installing free charging stations 

Metra announced today that it is installing charging stations at Millennium Station, Van Buren Street Station, LaSalle Street Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center to provide its customers with a convenient and free place to recharge electronic mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops.  Read More

Nighttime Rail Replacement to Begin on the BNSF Aug. 17 

BNSF Railway will begin work tonight to replace multiple sections of rail along the Chicago-to-Aurora route used by Metra commuter service. Read More

Crossing Replacement Work to Close Harlem Avenue Crossing in Riverside 

Work is set to begin next week to replace the crossing at Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43) in Riverside, requiring the temporary closure of the road at the BNSF tracks. Read More

Metra warns about vandalism, theft to cars 

Metra Police are asking for the public’s assistance and warning the public regarding several theft and vandalism crimes to cars parked in Metra parking lots on the south side of Chicago. Read More

Metra Receives Grant for Rail Safety 

Metra today announced that it will receive a grant from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. to help promote rail safety awareness in the region. Read More

Station work complete at Racine and State 

Metra crews have completed major renovation work at the State Street and Racine Avenue Stations along the Blue Island Branch of the Metra Electric Line. Read More

Major Track Project to Impact Rock Island Line 

As part of Metra’s continued efforts to maintain and improve the quality and reliability of its service, a major tie replacement and track resurfacing project will begin Monday, Aug. 17 on Metra’s Rock Island Line to Joliet. Riders should note that construction schedules will be in effect for midday and weekend trains. Read More

Metra Makes for Easy Access to the U.S. Amateur Championship 

Tomorrow’s stars of the world of golf will be out in force next week in Olympia Fields and Metra’s Electric Line takes you right to the course’s front gate. Read More

Berwyn Platform Project Gets Underway Aug. 12 

Metra BNSF riders should be advised that construction is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 12, to replace portions of the inbound and outbound platforms at the Berwyn Station. Read More

Let Metra Take You to the Air & Water Show 

Metra is planning extra service on Aug. 15-16 to accommodate those attending the 57th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach and along the city’s lakefront. Read More

Bears fans, add Metra to your game plan 

The first kickoff of the 2015-2016 Chicago Bears season is fast approaching Metra can help make the trip to Soldier Field a whole lot easier for you, your friends and family. Read More

Deerfield Platform Construction Update 

Milwaukee District North Line riders who patronize the Deerfield Station should be advised that beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, a number of parking spaces used by riders with disabilities will be relocated as Metra begins the final phase of work to rehabilitate the station’s inbound and outbound platforms. Read More

Repairs to Oak Park Station completed 

A $373,000 project repair to the masonry and related areas at the Oak Park Station on the Union Pacific West Line is now complete. Read More

Metra Announces Lollapalooza Service 

Lollapalooza fans will be descending upon Chicago’s Grant Park by the thousands next weekend, ready to enjoy one of the nation’s most popular summer music festivals. Metra is adding service to allow concertgoers to focus on the music and not the headaches of sitting in traffic and finding a place to park. Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 4th consecutive month 

As part of its continuing efforts to increase transparency and accountability at the agency, Metra today announced the top 14 causes for train delays in June 2015. The list breaks down whether the causes were the primary or a secondary reason for the delays and then ranks the causes by the total number of delayed trains per month. Read More

Former Metra Board Member named to APTA Hall of Fame 

Former Metra Board member and CTA executive Elonzo “Lonnie” Hill is being posthumously inducted into the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame, Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno announced today. Read More

Metra worker named a “rising star” 

Lexie Walker, the Manager of Capital Projects in Metra’s Mechanical Department, was honored Sunday as one of the railroad industry’s “Rising Stars” by Progressive Railroading magazine. She received the recognition during the annual conference of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents in Baltimore, Md. Read More

Attention Milwaukee North Line Riders: 

Metra will provide bus service between its Lake Forest and Libertyville stations on the Milwaukee North Line for the last outbound train this Friday night due to the replacement of a rail crossing at Rockland Road/IL Route 176. Read More

Englewood Flyover work to require Dan Ryan lane closures 

Metra and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that ongoing construction of Metra’s Englewood Flyover bridge will require overnight lane shifts and lane closures on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) starting July 18 through August 7. Read More

Metra begins work at Mayfair Station 

Metra this week began a project at the Mayfair Station on the Milwaukee North Line to replace and extend the platforms, replace the lighting and add two new shelters. Read More

Metra adding service for Taste of Chicago 

Metra will be adding trains and extra cars to accommodate hungry riders attending the Taste of Chicago, the city’s five-day food extravaganza, July 8-12. Read More

Metra kicks Off Lollapalooza Sweepstakes 

Metra has a deal for Lollapalooza fans – a special $10 train pass for the three-day event and, for one lucky winner, two free tickets to the sold-out music extravaganza. Read More

Deerfield Platform Construction Update 

Milwaukee District North Line riders who patronize the Deerfield Station should be advised that on Monday, July 6, a dozen parking spaces will be taken out of service as work to rehabilitate the station’s inbound and outbound platforms continues. Read More

Repairs to Waukegan Station set to start 

Metra, Waukegan and Lake County officials gathered today to kick off a $530,000 project to rehabilitate the Waukegan Station on the Union Pacific North Line. Read More

CUS switch project to start July 6 

Metra is advising riders that Amtrak is set to begin an extensive 40-day project to rehabilitate the set of switches that serve the south end of Chicago Union Station. Riders who use Metra’s BNSF, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines could experience minor delays. Read More

Newly rebuilt Flossmoor Station dedicated 

Metra and Flossmoor officials today dedicated the newly completed $4 million reconstruction of the platform and related facilities at the Flossmoor Station on Metra’s Electric District Line. 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

Metra to test allowing small pets on trains 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved a three-month trial program to allow small pets in carriers on weekend Rock Island Line trains. The trial will begin July 4. Read More

Metra offers $5 ticket and adds service for Hawks rally 

Metra will be adding service on most of its lines and offering a special one-day only $5 unlimited ride ticket to accommodate Chicago Blackhawks fans attending the downtown parade and rally on Thursday, June 18, 2015, to celebrate the team’s success in winning the 2015 Stanley Cup. Read More

Metra urges drivers to ‘Dump the Pump’ 

Metra is joining with the American Public Transportation Association to urge drivers to “Dump the Pump” on Thursday and enjoy the many benefits of riding mass transit – and taking Metra to the Blackhawks celebration will be a great way to try our trains. Read More

Safety Contest Winners Honored 

Winners of the 2015 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored Wednesday at the June meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. 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 20th annual Railroad Daze Festival in Franklin Park, near the intersection of Calwagner Street and Franklin Avenue. Read More

Metra seeks officers for police department 

The commuter rail agency is now recruiting a new group of officers to serve in its reorganized and reinvigorated Police Department, whose primary mission is to safeguard the lives of Metra commuters and those that use the Metra rail system. Read More

Metra issues Bikes on Trains warning 

Metra is advising its riders that it may not be able to accommodate bicycles on its trains starting Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 because of expected heavy ridership. Read More

Downers Grove Platform to Reopen June 8 

Metra will reopen the east ends of the Downers Grove Main Street platforms following the morning rush on Monday, June 8. Read More

Metra promotes safety with special train 

Metra Board Members and officials today hosted a special Operation Lifesaver Safety Train to commemorate National Safety Month and highlight the numerous ways that Metra strives to operate the safest possible railroad for its customers, employees, area schoolchildren and the public. Read More

Metra, Northwestern Medicine and the 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 Thursday, June 4, 2015, during the morning rush period from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Read More

Metra Family Fares are the Gateway to Summer Fun 

Whether it’s indulging at the Taste of Chicago, exploring the treasures of Chicago’s world class museums, strolling along Navy Pier or spending an afternoon at the ballpark, Metra is your ticket to a trainload of summer fun. Add Metra’s Family Fares program to the mix and you’ll save enough money to enjoy even more summer fun in the city. Read More

Lombard pedestrian tunnel to open June 3 

The newly constructed pedestrian tunnel at the Lombard Station on the Union Pacific West Line will open after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, June 3. Read More

Metra to boost weekend service on Rock Island Line 

Starting June 6 and lasting through Nov. 29, Metra will launch a trial program to enhance weekend service on the Rock Island Line by adding express trains that will speed the trip between suburban stations and downtown Chicago by about 20 minutes. Read More

Metra to adopt major safety reporting system 

Representatives of Metra management and transportation unions joined officials from the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday to announce the creation of a “Confidential Close Call Reporting System,” which is designed to proactively address safety issues and create a more positive safety culture. Read More

Metra recognized for safety practices 

For the third consecutive year, the Association of American Railroads has honored Metra for its safety initiatives, this time for an employee-produced newsletter that promotes safety and operational excellence among engineers and crew members on the Rock Island Line. Read More

First half of new Ravenswood Station to open May 10 

The first half of a bigger and better Ravenswood Station on the Union Pacific North Line is scheduled to open for riders on Sunday, May 10, and will welcome the first rush-hour commuters on Monday, May 11. Read More

IDOT Listening Tour 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding a series of informal public meetings throughout the state to establish priorities for future investment in the state’s transportation system. These meetings are intended to be a listening tour, sparking discussion that ultimately leads to a package of recommendations that can be presented to Governor Rauner and General Assembly for consideration this spring. Read More

Metra to Host Job Fair and Small Business Expo 

Metra will host a job fair and small business expo on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10 am – 2 pm. The event will be held at Trickster Art Gallery, 190 S. Roselle in Schaumburg. It is free and open to the public. Read More

Safety Contest Winners Announced 

The votes have been tallied and Metra today announced the news that school-age children across the region have been waiting for – the names of the winners of its 2015 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. Read More

Deerfield Platform Construction to Begin May 1 

Milwaukee District North Line riders who patronize the Deerfield Station should be advised that on Friday, May 1, Metra forces will begin construction work to rehabilitate both the inbound and outbound platforms. Read More

Metra to adopt major safety reporting system 

Representatives of Metra management and transportation unions joined officials from the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday to announce the creation of a “Confidential Close Call Reporting System,” which is designed to proactively address safety issues and create a more positive safety culture. Read More

Track Projects to Impact Service on Metra’s Milwaukee District Lines 

Midday and weekend service will be impacted on Metra’s Milwaukee District Lines this spring through fall due to tie replacement and switch replacement projects. Riders should note that construction schedules are in effect for midday and weekend trains. Read More

RTA, Transit Agencies, Amtrak Call for Long-Term Federal Funding 

In highlighting the need for a stronger, and a more effective regional transportation system, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace and Amtrak, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3),Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL-11) and Congressman Bob Dold (R-IL-10) today urged Congress to Stand Up 4 Transportation and support consistent long-term federal funding for the nation’s transportation and public transit systems. Read More

Downers Grove Platform Construction to Resume April 13 

Metra riders who patronize the Downers Grove Main Street Station should be advised that beginning Monday, April 13 construction is set to resume at the station, closing the east ends of the inbound and outbound boarding platforms to commuters. Read More

Metra to modernize its financial systems 

The Metra Board of Directors has approved a $12.6 million contract to replace a diverse set of aging, back office financial systems with a modern, fully integrated system that can better support the railroad’s operational and financial reporting requirements. Read More

Metra, Pace to offer new commute option 

Employees at the Esplanade office complex in Downers Grove will have an all-new commuting option starting April 6, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Metra, Pace, the Regional Transportation Authority, Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake Cook and other partners. Read More

Metra to boost service for Shamrock Shuffle 

Metra will operate extra early-morning inbound trains and early-afternoon outbound trains on several lines to accommodate participants and spectators attending the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Read More

Metra wins 2nd consecutive ADDY Award 

Metra’s online campaign promoting the rail service as the gateway to summer fun in Chicagoland was recently honored with a Silver ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation. Read More

Metra ridership increases 1.3 percent 

Ridership on Metra climbed 1.3 percent in 2014, to 83.4 million passenger trips – the second-highest annual total in Metra’s 30-year history. Read More

Metra OKs $91.1 million engine rehab contract 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved one of the first components of the agency’s ambitious plan to modernize its rolling stock, authorizing a $91.1 million contract to rehabilitate 41 locomotives. Read More

Metra appoints top administrative officer 

Metra today announced the appointment of John A. Milano as the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Administration effective Feb. 1. Read More

Fee will remain $3 until launch of mobile ticketing  

Metra announced today that its plan to increase the penalty for onboard ticket purchases will be postponed until mobile ticketing is unveiled later this year. Read More

Life-saving Lessons: Metra hosts online train safety seminar 

Metra will conduct the first ever live Internet video stream of its Operation Lifesaver rail safety training presentation at Tinley Park High School on January 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Read More