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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.

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