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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 tries to win back some good will

In a calculated move, the Illinois Tollway is attempting to win back fans among drivers who are still angry and confused about higher tolls that … 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 ›

RTA fears funding bill would jeopardize major mass-transit projects

Federal legislation that would bar mass-transit projects from getting gasoline tax revenue is “financially perilous” to Chicago’s public transit system, state and local transportation officials … 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 ›

Metra commuters purchase fares at Union Station Wednesday morning. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune)

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 ›

From the community

2012 Chicago Southland Visitors Guide is Now Available

The 2012 Chicago Southland Visitors Guide, the official regional destination publication of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, is hot off the presses and … Read more ›

Passengers disembark from a Metra train on the BNSF line in Union Station on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. (Brian Cassella/ Chicago Tribune)

On-time performance of Metra trains slipped in 2011

For years, Metra bragged that its trains ran on schedule 95 percent of the time or better. But in 2011, that number slipped to 93.6 … Read more ›

To avoid higher tolls, Chicago-area motorists say they are taking secondary roads

Newton Johnson used to take the Tri-State Tollway every day to work. Not anymore. Ever since the tolls nearly doubled Jan. 1, Johnson has started … Read more ›

After a day of snow, a slushy and slick evening commute

Evening commuters were hitting slushy, slick expressways and snow-covered side-streets as they made their way home through Thursday’s snowstorm. “Right now we’re seeing the snow … Read more ›