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The work is to rebuild and make accessible three stations on the Metra Electric Line on the South Side of Chicago.
Metra's Board of Directors has approved a plan to purchase six low-emission switch locomotives and the railroad’s first zero-emission electric-powered unit.
Metra, who are currently operating an alternate weekday schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are working to get ahead on construction and maintenance projects to minimise passenger disruption when services return to normal.
Due to a new investment programme, which includes the reduction of roughly $21 million in unnecessary expenses, Metra will increase its operating budget to $827 million, negating the need to increase fares.
On the commuter rail tracks in Chicago, fire is being used against ice to keep trains rolling as a polar vortex causes temperatures to drop to as low as -46C across the Midwest U.S.
Including improvements on crossings, signalling technology, bridges, stations and railroad ties, Metra is spending nearly $85 million on ensuring their transportation service is of high quality…
Tickets will have to be purchased through mobile applications, ticket agents or ticket machines after June 2018 as Metra removes the option to purchase tickets from their website…
Metra has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to begin to replace its aging fleet of engines with new or remanufactured locomotives…