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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 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