Chicago Metra revises BNSF Line service to address crowding

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; May 22, 2019 Beginning June 3, Metra will add two trains to its BNSF Line weekday…

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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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Illinois: Geneva railroad expansion to start in 2020

By Susan Sarkauskas, Chicago Daily Herald; May 14, 2019 The construction of a third set of railroad tracks on the…

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No North Shore Holding Tracks In Amtrak Hiawatha Expansion: Illinois Department Of Transportation

By Jonah Meadows, Staff, Patch; May 10, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced last week it…

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Congressman To Amtrak: Fix Chicago Union Station’s Falling Concrete

By Tim McNicholas, CBS Chicago 2; May 1, 2019 CHICAGO (CBS) — A U.S. Congressman is calling on Amtrak to…

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Concrete falls on tracks at Chicago Union Station; no one harmed

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; May 1, 2019 Metra commuters heading to Union Station Wednesday morning experienced some delays…

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Chicago: CREATE partners plan groundbreaking, assign designer for projects

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; April 25, 2019 Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program partners plan to hold a…

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Chicago Metra, politicians unload on Amtrak over system failure February 28

By Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times; April 16, 2019 Metra’s CEO asserted Tuesday that if Metra controlled Union Station instead of…

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Congressman: Amtrak to answer questions about Chicago Union Station delays at hearing Tuesday

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; April 12, 2019 Amtrak officials will face congressional scrutiny next week over a bungled…

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Glenview, Illinois trustees approve additional funding for Amtrak Hiawatha line opposition, pushing total to $541,000

By Alexandra Kukulka, Reporter, Chicago Tribune; April 9, 2019 Glenview has allocated another $36,000 from the 2019 budget toward finding…

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Amtrak says Hiawatha ridership is up; Glenview, Illinois claims train cars are still under capacity

By Alexandra Kukulka, Reporter, Chicago Tribune; March 26, 2019 While Amtrak officials earlier this month touted increased 2018 ridership on…

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Chicago Metra issues Request For Proposals for 200 new rail cars

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; March 21, 2019 Metra yesterday issued a request for proposals for at least 200 new rail…

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U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski asks if Amtrak will reimburse Chicago Metra commuters for disruption

From Crain’s Chicago Business; March 12, 2019 Congressman Dan Lipinski, who heads the House subcommittee that has oversight for rail,…

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Indiana: Rail projects top infrastructure investments

By Andrew Steele, The Times, nwi.com; March 10, 2019 The web of commuter rail that spreads from downtown Chicago into…

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Amtrak says ‘human error’ caused Chicago Metra delays

By Jake Griffin, Chicago Daily Herald; March 1, 2019 Amtrak officials blamed “human error” for a massive system failure Thursday…

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South Shore, Chicago Metra firm up partnership through 2024

By Andrew Steele, Kokomo Perspective.com; February 27, 2019 CHESTERTON — Terms of the track-usage and service partnership between the South Shore…

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Opinion: Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall looks better than ever, so why are commuters fuming?

By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune; February 25, 2019 It’s easy to understand why Metra commuters who endure the dismal conditions…

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Chicago Metra buying refurbished locomotives to save money

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; February 20, 2019 Metra leaders agreed Wednesday to spend $71 million on 15 refurbished…

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Chicago Metra seeking $5 billion from state to modernize ‘oldest passenger fleet in the country’

By Shannon Halligan, WGN 9; February 14, 2019 CHICAGO — Metra’s passenger cars are the oldest in the nation, and after…

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Chicago Metra to offer free travel this weekend to boost ridership

By ALEX ORTIZ, The Herald-News; February 13, 2019 Metra will offer free rides this weekend, for the first time in…

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As Chicago Metra Rolls Out Positive Train Control, Riders Could Be Confused By Messages About Delays

By Vince Gerasole, CBS Chicago 2; February 1, 2019 CHICAGO (CBS) — Metra users are used to alerts after a…

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Chicago’s Frigid Cold Forces Crews to Set Railroad Tracks Ablaze to Keep Trains Moving

By Don Reisinger, Fortune Magazine; January 30, 2019 Chicago is cold. Like, really, really cold. And now crews have been…

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Major capital expenditures planned in older U.S. transit and commuter systems

By Paul Conley, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; January 22, 2019 There’s an enormous amount of money out there for contractors, vendors…

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Concrete pieces fall on tracks at Chicago Union Station, impacting Metra trains and injuring a man

From WLS Chicago 7 ABC; January 22, 2019 CHICAGO (WLS) — Several concrete pieces fell onto the tracks at Union…

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Glenview, Illinois Trustees Add Additional $105,000 Toward Railroad Fight

By Tom Robb, Journal & Topics; January 16, 2019 Glenview village trustees appropriated an additional $105,000 at Tuesday’s (Jan. 15)…

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