6:46 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Metra's New Equipment, Alert System Helps Deal With Cold Weather

Credit Metra

Metra officials unveiled new snow-fighting equipment and procedures to deal with the cold.

The commuter rail service installed switch heaters. It also unveiled a machine that clears snow and ice from the rails with blasts of air more than 500 mph.

Metra is also improving communication with email alerts.

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Public Transportation
6:40 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Chicago Transit Passengers Can Pay With Smartphones Next Year

Credit Metra

Starting next year, passengers on Chicago area trains and buses will be able to use smartphones to pay.

Transit officials announced Wednesday that a free mobile app will be available in the first half of 2015 from Ventra, the company that produces fare cards. Passengers will be able to use it system wide — on C-T-A trains and buses, suburban Pace buses and the Metra commuter rail service.

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5:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Metra Settlement With CEO Cost Taxpayers $1.3 Million

Credit Metra

The costs from Metra's settlement with its former CEO cost taxpayers $1.3 million.

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6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra

Michael Madigan

A special task force raises new questions about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his influence on hiring at Metra. The panel, which issued its report Monday, was created after a scandal involving political patronage at the commuter rail agency.

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4:37 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Clifford: Not Caving Into Political Pressure Cost Job

Alex Clifford

Metra's former CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.

Alex Clifford addressed the Regional Transportation Authority. It oversees Metra. Clifford says Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan made it known that he wanted Clifford to hire one person and give another Metra employee a raise. When asked if the powerful House speaker did anything illegal, Clifford said no.

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5:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory

Guy Stephens WNIJ

A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyo’s new rail car manufacturing facility there.  

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