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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 adds trains for Pride Parade 

Metra is planning extra service on Sunday, June 26 to accommodate those attending the 47th Annual Chicago Pride Parade. The parade kicks off at noon at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Read More

Metra begins station improvement project in Pullman 

Metra started work this month on a project to revitalize its 111th Street/Pullman Station on the Metra Electric Line. Read More

Safety contest winners honored 

Winners of Metra’s 2016 Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored Wednesday at the June meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. Read More

Metra Board approves $3 million contract to renovate Calumet Station 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved a $3 million contract to fully renovate the Calumet Station on the Metra Electric Line. Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 15th consecutive month 

Metra in May completed its 15th straight month of meeting or exceeding its on-time performance goal, posting a systemwide on-time performance rate of 95.8 percent for the month. The May rate matched the five-year average for the month of May of 95.8 percent. Read More

An Apology to Metra Electric and South Shore customers 

Dear Metra Electric and South Shore Line Customers, Please accept our apologies for the disruption in service and lengthy delays that occurred on the Metra Electric and South Shore Lines on Friday evening. As you know, at the start of the rush hour Metra Electric Train No. 128 derailed as it was switching between tracks at a switching location near 11th Street in Chicago. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. Read More

Metra adds trains for Blues Fest and Spring Awakening 

Metra will make it easier for Chicago music lovers to attend Blues Fest and Spring Awakening this weekend by adding extra trains on four of its most heavily traveled lines on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11. Other lines will add cars to trains to increase capacity. Read More

A message from Metra, BNSF Railway and Amtrak 

Dear BNSF, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor Customers, Please accept our apologies for the delays and crowded conditions on the south concourse at Chicago Union Station last night. On behalf of Metra, BNSF and Amtrak, we certainly understand your anger and frustration and owe you an explanation of what happened. Read More

Metra to Host Payroll Compliance Training Session 

Metra will host a free training session regarding contractor compliance with the certified payroll requirements of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and Davis-Bacon and related acts on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Metra headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 2nd Floor. Read More

Metra promotes safety with special train 

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

Metra offers $20 unlimited ride 4-day train pass for Lollapalooza 

Metra today announced it will offer an unlimited ride, 4-day train pass to this year’s Lollapalooza music festival (July 28-31). The $20 pass will be available for purchase July 6 at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra app. Read More

Metra Recognized for Safety Education 

For the fourth consecutive year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) has honored Metra for its safety initiatives. This year the organization singled out Metra’s Operation Lifesaver Safety Education and Outreach program, citing its efforts to educate many different audiences in Northeast Illinois about the dangers of disregarding grade crossing warning devices and trespassing. Read More

Ride Metra to Ravinia’s Front Door 

Ravinia concerts will begin and end on a high note for music buffs who can take advantage of Metra’s service to and from Ravinia Park this summer. Read More

Riverside Metra Station Ticket Office to Close June 13 

Due to declining on-site ticket sales at its Riverside Station, Metra today announced that BNSF Railway will no longer staff the station with a ticket agent as of the close of business June 13. Read More

Illinois Legislature passes bill doubling fines for drivers who try to cross railroad tracks with the gates down 

The Illinois House today passed an amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code that increases the penalties for drivers who try to cross railroad tracks after the signals are activated and gates are down. The bill will now move to Gov. Rauner’s desk for his signature. Read More

Kids Ride Free on Metra Memorial Day through Labor Day 

Metra announced today that up to three children age 11 and under will be able to ride free with an adult this Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day as part of its expanded “Family Fares” program.  Read More

BNSF Begins Major Switch Replacement Project 

Metra announced today that BNSF Railway will begin a major switch replacement project this weekend that may affect some rush hour trains later this summer. Read More

Metra seeks $3 million Rail Safety Technology grant for PTC  

Metra today announced that it has applied for a federal grant to help the railroad fund a $3.7 million disaster recovery system for its Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system. Read More

Metra to resume planning work on BNSF extension 

Metra is resuming work on engineering and environmental studies to extend the BNSF Line past Aurora in Kendall County, after local officials said they strongly supported the planning work despite the challenges of securing funding to build and operate the extension. Read More

Metra meets on-time goal for 14th consecutive month 

Metra in April completed its 14th straight month of meeting or exceeding its on-time performance goal, posting an on-time performance rate of 97.4 percent for the month. The April rate exceeded the five-year average for the month of April of 96.6 percent. Read More

Metra expands undercover train observation team 

Metra today announced that it has doubled its team of employees tasked with riding its trains to observe and report on conductor and ticket agent performance, onboard and station amenities and customer interactions. 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 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