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06/20/11 Metra directors exiting gradually under compromise
By Marni Pyke - There won't be resignations en masse, but the majority of Metra board directors who served during former Executive Director Phil Pagano's tenure are expected to be gone within a year. FULL STORY
06/17/11 Law won't let politicians get bigheaded
By Marni Pyke - Giant smiling politicians' faces won't be among the distractions drivers face, now that Gov. Pat Quinn signed anti-self-promotion legislation. State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said the policy is tied to reform... FULL STORY
06/17/11 Amtrak crew suspended as collision is probed
By Marni Pyke - An investigation into what caused Amtrak and Metra trains to collide June 3 at Union Station continues, but three employees with the national passenger railway have been suspended without pay. Twelve people were injured when the Carbondale-bound... FULL STORY
06/14/11 Bike power
By Marni Pyke - Ditch those keys and get your knees pumping. It's Bike to Work Week and everyone's doing it. Everyone including DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin who has pledged to make the 14-mile trek from Elmhurst to Wheaton. FULL STORY
06/13/11 TMI from cellphoning train riders? Try a Quiet Car
By Marni Pyke - Tired of way-too-personal phone calls that other train commuters are having on your way to work? Try the sounds of silence in a Quiet Car on any Metra line during rush hour. FULL STORY
06/13/11 Metra wants answers on Union Pacific commuter snafu
By Marni Pyke and Lee Filas - Passengers on Metra's Union Pacific West Line can expect trains to operate on schedule Tuesday after a shortage of UP train engineers ruined the morning commutes of nearly 15,000 riders Monday. FULL STORY
06/10/11 Seniors transition toward paying fares
By Marni Pyke - Nearly half a million seniors accustomed to riding free on public transit will transition to an income-based system as of Sept. 1. State lawmakers this year revised the Seniors Ride Free program after complaints it was costing Metra, Pace and the... FULL STORY
06/10/11 More churn on Metra board
By Marni Pyke - One more Metra director has stepped down amid a power struggle over the board's future. Jim Dodge, an Orland Park trustee and former Republican candidate for state comptroller said he would not seek reappointment Friday during a meeting. FULL STORY
06/10/11 Metra fare hikes on table, as agency tries to erase red ink
By Marni Pyke - Fare increases and service reductions are on the table as Metra grapples with a structural deficit. "If we don't change what we're doing with operating and capital we will face a downward spiral," Executive Director Alex Clifford said today at a... FULL STORY
06/10/11 Seniors Ride Free tips
By Marni Pyke - Tips on the senior transit fares and how to sign up. FULL STORY
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