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Phil Pagano Metra Scandal: At Sen. Durbin's Behest, Feds Increase Oversight Of Metra Spending

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal officials are imposing stricter oversight on how Metra spends millions of dollars in U.S. funds amid allegations of possible financial irregul...

Metra Chief Phil Pagano Suspended During Bonus Probe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After weeks of media needling, Metra has publicly confirmed that its executive director, Phil Pagano, is being investigated over "potential financial ...

Blago Trial Tactics Won't Work

Edwin Eisendrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Eisendrath

Criminal trials are supposed to be about the facts and the law. The corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be about neither.

Phil Pagano Suicide Note: 'I Love Metra'

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A note left by Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano before he committed suicide May 7 said he had done nothing wrong and that he loved Metra, accordin...

Metra Train Hits, Kills Woman And Baby Goddaughter

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A woman and her 1-year-old goddaughter were killed after a Metra train struck them as they crossed the tracks with family Saturday morning in north su...

After Phil Pagano's Death, Metra Will Increase Oversight

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra board members are focusing on greater oversight as they mourn the death of the agency's former leader. The head of the commuter rail service d...

Metra Naming Rights May Be For Sale Soon

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra may sell the naming rights to some of its lines and stations, in an effort to address a budget shortfall that has hit every state and local agen...

Metra's Higher Fares To Take Effect Feb. 1

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra's new fare structure, including adjustments in one-way fares, begins Monday. While one-way fares are increasing, the commuter rail agency says m...

Chicago Transit at a Crossroads

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

The CTA doomsday budget, even if it doesn't come to pass, has done a great service by showing the city the inevitable future. Service has been trending downward for decades.

Ticket To Ride Exclusive Metra Car: $900 A Year (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Riding in a private Metra car may not be as expensive as you think. The Tribune's Richard Wronski reports that Metra's exclusive Car 553, the nation'...

South Side Group Lobbies For CTA Gold Line Out Of Olympics

Chicago Tribune | Richard Wronski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Transit riders already have a choice of Red, Green, Blue, Brown, Orange, Yellow, Pink and Purple Lines, but a coalition of South Side activists also w...

CTA Funding Cut By $35 Million: 'Everything Is On The Table'

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority will have to make do with $35 million less this year after the Regional Transportation Authority board cut the operating...

CTA Service Cuts Possible

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Regional Transportation Authority board will be asked on Thursday to approve a new round of cuts totaling $61 million at the CTA, Metra and Pace t...

Metra To Start Taking Credit Cards

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Responding to pressure from commuters and state lawmakers, Metra said today it will allow riders to buy tickets and passes with credit cards by Februa...

Commuter Providing Metra Delay Updates On Twitter

Chicago Tribune | Richard Wronski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If you've ever hurried to the station only to discover your train is running late, veteran commuter Tony Zale feels your pain and offers a free antido...

AIG Woes To Cost RTA Millions

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Regional Transportation Authority is among about 30 transit agencies around the nation that could be on the hook for millions of dollar...

Cash-Strapped Metra Exploring Train Advertising

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Metra commuter rail service is reconsidering its long-standing policy of sparing its riders of advertising on its trains. On Monday, Metra rolled...

Transit Agencies To Fight Over $414 Million In Stimulus Funds

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Here's how the $414 million in mass transit money set to flow into the region will be distributed by agency: $240 million (or 58 percent) will go to t...

Metra North Central Service Shut Down After Freight Train Derailment

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

All morning rush hour service on Metra's North Central service between Antioch and Chicago has been canceled today because of a major freight train de...

Armed Secret Service Agent Causes Metra Train Scare

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Metra train headed to Chicago from Aurora was stopped in Lisle on Wednesday morning and everyone on board was searched by police after an armed Secr...

Amtrak Derailment Causes Rush Hour Problems For Metra Lines

Chicago Sun-Times | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An Amtrak train derailment just south of Union Station is blocking all Metra trains going in or out on the Burlington Northern, Southwest and Heritage...

Metra Not Raising Fares In 2009

Chicago Public Radio | Tasha Flournoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The board of Metra commuter rail has approved its 2009 budget without any fare hikes. The agency already raised fares earlier this year by 10 percent....

Metra To Pay $11M In Train Death Settlements

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A judge in Chicago says the Metra transit system must pay $11 million to settle two wrongful death lawsuits stemming from a deadly 2005 train derailme...

Free Public Transit Rides For Low-Income Disabled

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 10/24 "Misunderstandings on how to apply for a free rides program for disabled riders has resulted in a number of applications being rejected...

Metra Not Raising Fares

Chicago Tribune | Richard Wronski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra will unveil its 2009 budget today, but unlike the CTA and Pace, the commuter rail line says there will be no fare increase or service cuts next ...