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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 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