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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.

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 2016 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. Read More

Metra Launching New Small Business Enterprise Program 

Metra next month will launch a new initiative to help small businesses have a fair opportunity to do business with the agency and work on Metra projects. Read More

Metra, Cook County partner to improve Metra Police operations 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved two agreements with Cook County that will allow the agency’s Police Department to put more officers in the field and operate more effectively and efficiently. Read More

Metra Meets On-time Goal for 13th Consecutive Month 

Metra in March completed its 13th straight month of meeting or exceeding its on-time performance goal, posting an on-time performance rate of 96.8 percent for the month. Read More

Artisan Food Fest Marks 6th Year at MetraMarket  

Let Metra be your ticket to one of the largest free gourmet food events in the Midwest when the 6th Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival comes to the MetraMarket this coming Saturday, April 30. Read More

Sons and Daughters Ride Free on Metra  

Metra today announced that up to three children and young adults 18 and under can ride on Metra trains for free with their fare-paying parent on April 28, 2016 to mark Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. Read More

Metra Launches 2016 Construction Program 

Metra and its railroad partners today announced plans to begin infrastructure improvements to its stations, track, bridges and road crossings to ensure safe and reliable service and maintain a state of good repair systemwide. Construction work is expected to begin this week and continue through the fall, weather permitting. Read More

Bensenville Station Ticket Office to Close April 15 

Metra today announced it will close the ticket office at the Bensenville Station on Friday, April 15 and reassign the ticket agent position to a higher volume station along the Milwaukee North Line. Read More

Take Metra and CTA to the ballpark 

Opening day for the 2016 baseball season is fast approaching. Fans can avoid traffic and the cost of parking by making Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) part of their plan to watch the Chicago Cubs or White Sox. Read More

Metra Manager Receives National Safety Award 

Metra Senior Manager of Train Operations Shamonda Jones has been selected by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) as the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Gary Burch Memorial Safety Award. The award is a national honor recognizing the railroad worker who has done the most in the past year to improve safety for railroad passengers. Read More

Streamwood Man Arrested For Fake Mobile Ticket 

A 23-year-old Streamwood man has been arrested for trying to use a fake mobile ticket to pay his train fare, Metra announced today. Read More

Metra Testing Cameras on One Railcar 

Metra Electric Line customers may have noticed some small cameras inside one of their cars – it’s part of a very preliminary test to determine how camera technology can be used on Metra trains. Read More

Metra Adds $65.4 Million to the 2016 Capital Program 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved a $64.5 million addition to the agency’s 2016 capital program. Increases in the federal dollars made available to the rail agency as well as the award of a new federal grant, other new capital contributions and the transfer of funds from the 2015 operating budget are responsible for the positive changes to Metra’s capital budget. The revised 2016 capital program now totals $251 million in projected spending. Read More

Metra Meets On-Time Goal for 12th Consecutive Month 

Metra in February completed its 12th straight month of meeting or exceeding its on-time performance goal, posting a rate of 96.4 percent for the month. The February rate exceeded the five-year average for the month of February of 93.1 percent. Read More

Metra Offers Early Getaway Good Friday Schedule 

Metra is operating special schedules to start off the Easter holiday weekend. On Good Friday, March 25, Metra will modify its regular weekday schedule to operate afternoon “early getaway” trains so customers can get a head start on their holiday plans. Read More

Metra to Conduct 45 Safety Blitzes in 2016 

Metra announced today that it will conduct Operation Lifesaver Safety Blitzes at 45 train stations across the six-county region in 2016 as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around its trains and tracks. Read More

New Heritage Corridor Service Begins 

Metra officials, CN Railway representatives and area leaders who campaigned for more service on the Heritage Corridor line today celebrated the inaugural run of a new mid-afternoon departure from Chicago Union Station to Joliet. Read More

Metra Expands Major Safety Reporting System 

Representatives of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Metra management and 10 unions today announced a major expansion of the agency’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS), giving Metra the most comprehensive safety reporting system of all commuter railroads in the nation. Read More

Take Metra to St. Patrick’s Day Events 

Metra will offer extra service on March 12 to accommodate those attending Chicago’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Read More

Metra Police Launch Onboard Patrol Unit 

Metra today announced the creation of a new police unit whose primary mission is to patrol trains, providing a visible law enforcement presence and deterring criminal activity on all 11 Metra lines. Read More

95th and 99th Street Metra Station Ticket Offices Scheduled to Close on March 14 

Due to declining on-site ticket sales at the Rock Island Beverly Branch Line’s 95th Street and 99th Street stations, Metra today announced that it will be reassigning the ticket agents at those stations to other positions effective at the close of business March 14. Read More

Metra Hires Pulsar Advertising as Agency of Record 

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously approved a three-year, $4 million contract with Pulsar Advertising, Inc. to serve as Metra’s new marketing and advertising agency of record. Read More

Metra Meets On-Time Goal for 11th Consecutive Month 

Metra posted an on-time performance rate of 95.8 percent for the month of January, exceeding its goal for the 11th consecutive month. The January rate of 95.8 percent exceeded the five-year average for the month of January of 93.6 percent.  Read More

Metra to Expand Heritage Corridor Service 

Heritage Corridor riders will have a new option for getting home each weekday when Metra adds a new mid-afternoon departure from Chicago on March 14. Read More

Metra Mobilizes Workforce for Winter Storm 

With a major winter storm hitting the Chicago region today, Metra is mobilizing its crews and snow-fighting resources to ensure a safe, comfortable and reliable commute for customers throughout its six-county service area. Read More

Metra Testing Free WiFi on 11 Railcars 

Metra today announced that it had completed installation of cellular Wi-Fi hotspots on one railcar for each of its 11 lines as part of a pilot program to determine whether the technology can provide free and dependable Internet access to customers onboard Metra trains. Read More

Metra to Host Payroll Compliance Training Session 

Metra will host free training sessions on DBE payroll compliance for construction contractors and subcontractors on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. The sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Metra headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 2nd Floor. Read More

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