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(Tribune illustration / March 13, 2012)

Metra reports improved on-time performance

Metra said today that trains on its 11 lines were on-time 97.4 percent of the time last month. That overall on-time percentage would rank February … Read more ›

Tollway to webcast bid openings

Beginning Thursday, the Illinois Tollway will begin hosting live webcasts of all construction contract bid openings, giving the public and contractors the ability to watch … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›

Most Metra riders will pay 30% more when fare hike kicks in Wednesday

With the largest Metra fare increase about to kick in, longtime train commuter Melinda Shepherd wastes no words summing up her feelings about it: “Angry … Read more ›

6 P.M. UPDATE: Fewer delays on Lake County roads

While traffic is moving slowly and several accidents are still causing delays on Lake County roads, the number of incidents reported have dropped since 5 … Read more ›

Tollway: Traffic down after rate hike

Car traffic on the Illinois Tollway fell during the first week after higher tolls went into effect Jan. 1, the agency said Tuesday. Passenger car … Read more ›

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Mighty Mississippi Enthralls Global Visitors

Friendship Force Northern Illinois will present "Energizing Exchanges: How the Mississippi River Attracted Ambassadors to the Midwest" on Sunday, January 8 at 2pm in Libertyville … Read more ›

Adam Crail, 17, and his sister Rachel, 14, fasten their seat belts in the back of their parent's SUV at the Hinsdale Oasis on the Illinois Tollwaya on Wednesday. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune)

Backseat seat belt law goes into effect Jan. 1

A new automotive safety law that goes into effect Jan. 1 in Illinois requires all backseat passengers to use seat belts. Gov. Pat Quinn signed … Read more ›

RTA calls commuter tax-break cut ‘not good’

The amount of income that commuters who use mass transit will be eligible to shelter from taxes to pay their fares drops on Jan. 1 … Read more ›

Tollway blames glitch for I-PASS account havoc

The software glitch that wreaked havoc with the I-PASS accounts of several thousand Illinois Tollway customers was fixed Friday, but the cause was still unclear, … Read more ›