U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra may lose over $500 million — and 97% of riders — due to coronavirus

By Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun-Times; April 15, 2020 Metra is expecting significant loss in vital revenue streams due to the…

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U.S., Illinois: Union Pacific wants to bail out of running Chicago Metra lines

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; December 23, 2019 The Chicago Daily Herald is reporting that Metra, the…

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U.S., Illinois: Amtrak advances plan for a Chicago Union Station food hall

By David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times; December 10, 2019 Amtrak, owner of Chicago’s Union Station, has hired real estate firm Cushman…

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U.S., Illinois: Amtrak honored for Chicago Union Station restoration project

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; December 11, 2019 Amtrak‘s $22 million project to restore the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station…

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Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski calls for Metra to take over Chicago Union Station from Amtrak after ‘disastrous’ service outage, falling concrete

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; November 13, 2019 After a “disastrous” service outage that delayed tens of thousands of passengers…

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Chicago Metra spending $15.5 million on security cameras in passenger cars

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; November 8, 2019 Metra plans to deploy an army of security cameras on all…

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Why your Chicago commute could get faster: Metra looks to buy new locomotives, rail cars with state capital money

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; October 8, 2019 Metra expects to spend close to $2.6 billion in the next five…

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Chicago Metra to construct third track on Union Pacific West Line

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; October 4, 2019 Metra and Union Pacific Railroad announced that on Oct. 8 crews will begin…

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Senator Tammy Duckworth, other officials on hand to celebrate first-phase completion of Fox River rail bridge project in Elgin, Illinois

By Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, Chicago Tribune; October 3, 2019 The $34 million project to replace the Fox River rail…

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Chicago: Auburn Gresham Metra stop, which broke ground yesterday, could spur South Side retail

By David Zegeye, Streetsblog Chicago; October 1, 2019 Auburn Gresham used to have a commuter rail station on 79th Street…

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Chicago: Boost Metra’s clout and funding, CEO asks Congress

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; September 24, 2019 Metra’s 280,000 daily riders deserve to be on an equal footing…

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No fare hikes as Chicago Metra relishes capital infusion

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald, Chicago Sun-Times; September 11, 2019 After years of gloomy budget forecasts, Metra riders Wednesday…

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Railroad won’t support more Amtrak Hiawatha trains without Illinois track improvements

By Alex Zank, BizTimes Milwaukee Business News; July 26, 2019 The owner of part of the railroad Amtrak’s Hiawatha Milwaukee-to-Chicago…

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Chicago: Time for Amtrak and Metra to bury the hatchet

By Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business; July 26, 2019 On warm summer days like we’ve had lately, the biggest hassle…

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Amtrak battles Metra over rent at Chicago Union Station

By David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times; July 24, 2019 Call it a landlord-tenant dispute that’s gone slightly off the rails. It’s…

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation leader says Hiawatha service could add two daily round trips without Illinois’ assistance

By Alex Zank, BizTimes, Milwaukee Business News; July 17, 2019 Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said he believes…

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Chicago: What’s the best way to get to O’Hare? We sent reporters by car, ride-share, CTA and Metra to find out.

By Abdel Jimenez, Ally Marotti, Mary Wisniewski  and Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune; July 17, 2019 For more than a decade,…

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Chicago Metra Could Look Totally Different 5 Years From Now After Upgrades

By Charlie Wojciechowski, NBC Chicago 5; July 2, 2019 Did you know Metra is one of the oldest fleets of…

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Amtrak Bullying Now Targets SEPTA

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; June 18, 2019 WATCHING WASHINGTON, JUNE 2019 – Here…

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Feds want to figure out why your Metra ride in Chicago keeps getting delayed

By Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business; June 13, 2019 Federal regulators for the first time would get involved in a…

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Chicago suburb to get federal money to ease rail congestion

By The Associated Press, WREX 13 NBC; June 11, 2019 DOLTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb is receiving federal…

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Rebuild Illinois bill passes; state transit projects to see funding infusion

By Mischa Wanek-Libman, Mass Transit Magazine; June 3, 2019 Illinois legislators concluded their spring session on Sunday, June 1, by…

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CREATE partners complete BNSF Western Avenue Corridor project in Chicago

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; May 30, 2019 A BNSF Railway Co. project designed to eliminate train delays in the Chicago…

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Illinois to discuss new ways to expand Amtrak Hiawatha service after IDOT letter reinforces suburban concerns

By Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune; May 20, 2019 Leaders in Lake Forest and Glenview are praising a recent announcement…

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