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(April 21, 2017) - Metra and Union Pacific Railroad joined state, county and local officials and members of the community in Maywood today to break ground on a $100 million project to remove two critical bottlenecks along the UP West Line that can... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - The Metra Board of Directors today authorized the agency to move forward with requests for proposals (RFPs) for the design and production of new railcars and locomotives to begin to replace its aging fleet. The railcar RFP, which... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - The Metra Board of Directors today approved changes to the agency’s 2017 capital program, adding $22.9 million from the 2016 operating budget surplus and $56.4 million in State of Illinois bond funds for the rehabilitation and... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - Metra today announced that if Fluffy or Spot fit in a small pet carrier, they and their owners are welcome to ride on off-peak weekday Metra trains beginning May 1 as part of a six-month trial program. Metra is testing an... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - The Metra Board of Directors today approved an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Lake Bluff to fund a $300,000 renovation of the community’s train station. The Lake Bluff Station was built in 1904 and has not had any... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - Metra today announced that it will recognize Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 27 by waiving the fares for young people 18 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Every adult who purchases a ticket can bring up... Read more
(April 19, 2017) - Metra in March posted an on-time performance rate of 97.2 percent, exceeding its goal for the 25th consecutive month, and also exceeding the five-year average for the month of March of 96.3 percent. Metra’s goal is to operate at... Read more
(April 13, 2017) - Metra’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights will host a free certification workshop for small, minority- and women-owned businesses from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 at Metra headquarters, located at 547 W. Jackson Blvd... Read more
(April 12, 2017) - Due to steady declines in ticket sales through cash-only vending machines as more customers opt for credit card and mobile purchasing, Metra today announced that it will take the remaining cash-only machines out of service at 15... Read more
(April 11, 2017) - Metra today announced that it will operate a special schedule to help customers start off the Easter holiday weekend. On Good Friday, April 14, the agency will be running a modified schedule in order to operate afternoon “early... Read more
(April 10, 2017) - As tax season comes to a close, Metra encourages its customers and Chicago-area employers to get a jumpstart on next year’s taxes by enrolling in a pre-tax transit benefit plan, which can save commuters as much as 40 percent on... Read more
(April 10, 2017) - Metra and its railroad partners today announced plans to begin projects that represent $216 million in infrastructure investments in 2017. In addition to major projects to replace aging bridges on the UP North and Milwaukee West... Read more
(March 29, 2017) -   The home openers for the 2017 Chicago baseball season are fast approaching. Fans can avoid traffic and the cost of parking by making Metra and the CTA part of their plan to watch the White Sox or World Champion Chicago Cubs. “... Read more
(March 23, 2017) - With spring break approaching, Metra reminds Chicago area residents that it offers several fare programs that make taking the train an affordable and convenient way to travel to all the fun destinations in and around Chicago. On... Read more
(March 17, 2017) - Metra has started the next round of its in-house railcar rehabilitation program, where Metra workers with decades of know-how and experience  transform old railcars to like-new condition at the agency’s 49th Street Car Shop. The... Read more


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