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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

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