Metra names McCann as chief operating officer

Metra has promoted Kevin McCann, who rose through the ranks to become head of the agency’s Mechanical Department, to be its next chief operating officer.

Metro seeking proposals to fast-track Yellow Line Bridge and tunnel rehabilitation project

Metro is preparing for a major capital project that will rehabilitate the Yellow Line Bridge spanning the Potomac River and repair the steel lined tunnel between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations, both of which date to original construction more than 40 years ago.

Winter hammers rail operations—Metra is a good example

Railroads that operate in northernmost regions in the U.S. face horrific winter conditions almost every year.

Watch: Switch heaters keep Metra rolling in winter weather

Anyone who has spent any part of the winter in Chicago knows that winter weather hammers the city. Snow and wind blowing off of Lake Michigan, heavy general snowfall, sub-zero temperatures, wind,

Metra Board approves purchase of up to 500 modern railcars

The Metra Board of Directors today approved the purchase of up to 500 state-of-the-art railcars from Alstom Transportation Inc., opting for new multilevel cars that will be more comfortable, accessible, reliable and

Metra offers free rides on New Year’s Eve

Hoping to help its customers end the year on a positive note, Metra will offer free travel on all trains arriving at or departing from Metra’s downtown stations after 6 p.m. on

Metra Board OKs pact with Cook County to improve transit in South Cook

The Metra Board of Directors [last week] backed a Cook County initiative to improve transit service on the South Side of Chicago and in the south suburbs, starting with a 50 percent

Temporary closures of North Side streets for UP North Line bridge project began on Oct. 26

Metra’s project to replace 11 bridges along its Union Pacific North Line on Chicago’s North Side will require the temporary closure of three streets beginning Monday, Oct. 26. From Monday, Oct. 26,

Class 1 fuel surcharges

Union Pacific responds to RT&S story on Metra lawsuit

Yesterday, RT&S published a story about Metra bringing suit against Union Pacific for breach of contract. You can read that story via the preceding link. Today, Union Pacific responded to our report

Metra sues Union Pacific for breach of contract

Ed. Note: Union Pacific has responded to our story on the Metra lawsuit. Please follow the preceding link to read their statement. DCL Metra [yesterday] sued Union Pacific Railroad for breach of

Metra celebrates completion of Rock Island shops expansion

Government and Metra officials gathered yesterday to celebrate the expansion of its 47th/49th Street facilities, which serve as the mechanical shops where passenger cars and locomotives are rehabilitated for restoration to service.

Romayne C. Brown elected as Metra’s new chair

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously elected Romayne C. Brown, a public transit veteran who represents Cook County, to be its next chair. “I am honored that my fellow directors have

Work set to begin on Metra rail crossing replacement at 87th and Pulaski

Metra forces will begin work Wednesday, Aug. 26 to replace the railroad crossing at 87th Street and Pulaski Road on its SouthWest Service Line. The work will close both roads at the

Metra pursues injunction to maintain UP commuter service

 As many readers know, Union Pacific operates three Metra lines emanating from Chicago – UP North, UP Northwest, and UP West. For years, Union Pacific has been operating Metra trains on these

Metra West Hinsdale Station to be closed beginning Aug. 1 for platform replacement project

Metra will close the West Hinsdale Station on its BNSF Line for approximately two months beginning Aug. 1 to accommodate the replacement of the station’s boarding platforms. Trains will not stop at

Metra board approves $15.2 million contract to build new Peterson Ridge Station

The Metra Board of Directors [yesterday] approved a $15.2 million contract to build a new Peterson Ridge Station and parking facility on the Union Pacific North Line. A Metra station in Edgewater

Metra launches test of ridership dashboard

[Last week] Metra unveiled a test of a ridership dashboard that provides information to riders about how crowded trains have been on each line. The information will help riders who have the


Metra replacing 95th Street crossing on Rock Island Line

Yesterday, Metra began replacing and resurfacing its crossing at 95th Street and Vincennes Avenue on the agency’s Rock Island Line. This crossing will be out of service until Friday, June 12, when


Metra suspends all service on Monday, June 1

Metra has announced that it has suspended all service for Monday, June 1 for the safety of passengers and employees, and because of municipal travel restrictions that are limiting their ability of

Metra weighed down by coronavirus woes

As the world continues to reel from the impact of the coronavirus, commuter rail operations have hit the skids. Earlier this week, RT&S reported on the troubles at MBTA in Boston, which