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Chicago RTA approves 5-year 'Invest in Transit' strategic plan

Management & Operations| January 18, 2018

New regional plan sets a bold, yet practical, vision for “public transit as the core of the region’s robust transportation mobility network.”

Metra seeking RFPs for up to 42 new, remanufactured locomotives

Rail| January 8, 2018

Is asking for proposals for both new and remanufactured engines because it wants to weigh the costs/benefits of both options.

Rail| December 6, 2017

Metra unveils winterization plans, customer communications

Through the use of GPS technology, the agency's communication specialists can monitor the position and timeliness of all trains in the system in real time and alert passengers in a variety of ways.

Rail| November 29, 2017

Partial train derailment impacts some Metra, Amtrak Chicago-area service

At about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday when the third, fourth, and fifth cars of the eight-car train derailed. The derailed cars remained upright, and the other five cars and the locomotive remained on the tracks. There were three passengers on the train at the time; there were no injuries.

Rail| November 17, 2017

Metra breaks ground on 136-year-old bridge replacement

The bridge is situated over the Fox River along the Milwaukee District West Lake in Elgin, Ill.

Rail| September 14, 2017

Metra on-time performance hits 96% in August

In August, 731 of 18,296 trains were tardy by six minutes or more. The most common causes for delays were related to signal/switch failure, increased passenger loadings, and track construction.

Management & Operations| August 21, 2017

Cubic, Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra mobile app hits 2M downloads

The Ventra app, developed and launched by Cubic, CTA, and its transit partners in November 2015, is a free, first-of-its kind, truly regional transit application in the U.S. that allows customers to plan, manage, and pay for their journeys across three transit systems from their mobile devices

Management & Operations| August 16, 2017

Metra picks Derwinski to lead agency as CEO

The current chief mechanical officer oversees 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of nearly 1,200 railcars and locomotives.

Management & Operations| August 8, 2017

Chicago RTA Chairman to receive APTA Local Distinguished Service Award

Kirk Dillard is a lifelong transit rider and regularly rides the RTA regional system from his suburban home to his offices in downtown Chicago, where he is a partner at Locke Lord LLP, one of Chicago’s oldest and largest law firms.

Rail| July 19, 2017

Metra to install suicide prevention signs

The signs will be developed and finalized as part of a Mental Health Awareness Symposium to be hosted by Metra in September to coincide with National Suicide Awareness Month.

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