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

Medical professionals ride free on Metra

Metra announced yesterday that it would not charge medical professionals, and other medical personnel, to ride their trains at least through April 7th. All the rider needs to do is show an

Union Pacific wants to bail out of running Metra lines

The Chicago Daily Herald is reporting that Metra, the commuter rail agency for Chicago, may need to begin operating three more of its eleven routes into the city. The three routes in


Chicago train services preparing for extreme cold this winter

Last year’s polar vortex in the Chicago area was no joke, and it might not be a no-show this winter season.

Bells & Whistles—Episode 12

What were the top news stories RT&S was following the week ending Oct. 11. Watch the latest Bells & Whistles by clicking here. For the latest news, go to


Metra to invest heavily in rail yards, rail bridges over the next year

Metra, a passenger rail service that connects the Chicago suburbs to the city of Chicago, announced a record-breaking capital investment over the next five years. The financial boost comes with no increase

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Metra, Amtrak spar over rent at Chicago Union Station

In business, one often needs a scorecard to keep up with who pays who for what.  In the case of Metra’s use of Chicago Union Station, Amtrak owns the station and Metra