August 12, 2019, 12pm PDT
The Red Line extension to 130th is still unfunded and a universal Chicago fare card hasn’t materialized, but in the immediate term, the Metra can run more trains and charge lower fares to help get the South Side moving.
August 9, 2019, 12pm PDT
Metra’s Electric line is one of the few places where Chicago’s commuter rail owns the tracks. Transit advocates have lobbied for years for the service to be run more like traditional public transit.
June 20, 2019, 11am PDT
The $45 billion transportation bill approved by the Illinois Legislature ended up including more public transit funding than it originally offered, but a Kendall County Metra project raises questions.
April 19, 2019, 12pm PDT
A new station evaluation policy, expected for adoption by the Metra Board of Directors in May, would make it easier to shut down "underperforming" stations.
January 31, 2019, 1pm PST
Other polar vortex-related transit news included fire on the tracks in Chicago.
August 9, 2018, 12pm PDT
Metra is revamping to the downtown train station in the Chicago suburb of Libertyville.
June 9, 2018, 7am PDT
The Federal government has awarded Illinois $132 million for new infrastructure around 75th street and 71st streets.
May 14, 2018, 11am PDT
Along with a scheme to simplify fares, Metra will roll out a one-day pass and a set of federally mandated safety updates.
July 23, 2017, 11am PDT
Chicago's Metra has the resources to create frequent transit for a large swath of the South Side. Instead, their plan supports only the most fortunate along that train line.
May 31, 2017, 11am PDT
Overall, Chicago's regional train service the Metra has been losing ridership, however, Hyde Park neighborhood stations have seen some growth.
April 29, 2017, 7am PDT
On Chicago's massive south side, fixing transit means working on more than just CTA trains.
March 10, 2016, 12pm PST
This month, the city of Chicago will choose a team of engineers to brainstorm an express rail line to O'Hare Airport. The plan has come under criticism for diverting future resources away from transit in low-income areas.
November 20, 2015, 11am PST
The Ventra app hits the streets—or the tracks, perhaps—this week. Steven Vance of Streetsblog Chicago has already tested the new tool.
October 19, 2014, 7am PDT
Mobile phones are doubling for tickets onto airplanes and into concerts all over the world. Why not commuter trains too?
August 30, 2014, 9am PDT
Chicago's Metra commuter rail service has a big problem on its hands: Distressed people are resorting to using train tracks to end their lives at a higher rate than in other major cities. Would partnering with a suicide-hotline agency stem the tide?
August 21, 2013, 10am PDT
Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is considering overhauling how it distributes funds to the area's three transit operators: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and rail system, Metra commuter rail, and Pace suburban bus system.
November 30, 2011, 7am PST
In Chicago, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is willing to spend $500,000 to survey their riders to see how the public feels about the bus and train services.
November 10, 2011, 8am PST
Metra, Chicago's regional rail provider, has announced that it will increase fares starting in February 2012. For over 300,000 weekday riders, the price increase will mean hundreds of dollars more in fares per year.