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Metra
Locale Chicago Metropolitan Area, United States
Transit type Regional rail
Began operation 1984
System length 495 mi (797 km)
No. of lines 11
No. of stations 237
Daily ridership 290,000
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in) (standard gauge)
Reporting marks METX, NIRC
Operator Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. The railroad serves over 200 stations on 11 different rail lines across the Regional Transportation Authority's six-county service area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) providing over 80 million rides annually. Metra has been honored with several E. H. Harriman Awards for employee safety, most recently with a Bronze award in class B (line-haul railroads with between 4 and 15 million employee hours per year) for 2005. Previous Harriman Awards conferred to Metra include Gold awards for 2003 and 2004 and a Silver award for 2002.[1] Image File history File links Metra_Logo. ... Chicagoland redirects here. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “km” redirects here. ... The dominant rail gauge in each country shown Rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Modern Ogilvie Transportation Center Ogilvie Transportation Center (formally, the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center) is a Chicago, Illinois train station which was in built 1911. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... McHenry County is located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. ...

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History

Metra F40PH-2 120 "City Of Woodstock" approaching the Deerfield station, June 23, 2006.

In 1926, the Illinois Central Railroad electrified its commuter service between downtown Chicago and the neighborhood of Hyde Park. This would later become the Metra Electric Line. Forty-eight years later, in 1974, the Regional Transportation Authority was formed after a March 1973 referendum to provide financial support from local and county governments to railroads providing commuter service between Chicago and its suburbs. Purchase of service contracts with all the railroads operating commuter service in the area were signed in 1976. In the wake of the 1980 bankruptcy and liquidation of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, the RTA also acquired ownership and operational responsibilities of that railroad's commuter operations (now Metra's Rock Island District) in 1982. The same year it also leased the Milwaukee Road's Suburban Mass Transit District lines (now Metra's Milwaukee Districts). In 1979, the RTA purchased 27 F40PH locomotives, as well as inheriting 14 F40C locomotives, 18 E8/E9 locomotives, and two F7 units. (They would later come in possession of 45 F40PH-2 locomotives between 1979 and 1989, and 29 F40PHM-2s in 1991-1992.) The RTA Amendatory Act of 1983 created the current organization, with three management boards for Chicago area public transit: the CTA for city rapid transit and buses, Pace for suburban buses, and Metra for suburban rail. The Metra service mark, short for Metropolitan Rail, was adopted in 1984. Before then, Metra was briefly known just as the Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation. Many Metra locomotives remained in the RTA paint scheme until the early to mid-1990s. Metra purchased the Metra Electric Line and took over operation of the Heritage Corridor in 1987, then took over operation of the Southwest Service in 1993. In 1996 it began operating the North Central Service over the Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation, now part of the Canadian National Railway. Commuter service that had previously been operated on that line by the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway (the Soo Line) ended by 1971. From 1991-1992, Metra purchased 29 F40PH-2M locomotives, and came in possession of the Milwaukee Road's F40C fleet. In the early 1990s, the E and F units were retired (the F units being sent to the Illinois Railway Museum), and in 2005, the F40Cs were replaced by new MPI MP36PH engines. Metra's other lines are still operated by the freight railroads that own the trackage. The Union Pacific Railroad operates three ex-Chicago and North Western Railway lines – the Union Pacific/North Line, Union Pacific/Northwest Line and Union Pacific/West Line. The other line, the BNSF Railway Line, is operated by BNSF. With over 60,000 daily passengers on 94 revenue trains, the BNSF line is Metra's busiest. Commuter service is also provided by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's South Shore Line to South Bend, Indiana, one of only a few remaining interurban streetcar lines in the U.S. From 1971 to 1991, Amtrak's Calumet provided commuter rail service to Valparaiso, Indiana, and provides intercity service to Chicago, including frequent Hiawatha service to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, used by some commuters to Chicago. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 4171 KB) Summary I, keeleysam, am the author of this photograph, and release this image under the following license: Cross posted to my Flickr [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 4171 KB) Summary I, keeleysam, am the author of this photograph, and release this image under the following license: Cross posted to my Flickr [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version... Northwest corner of Woodstocks public square Woodstock is a city in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Illinois Central (AAR reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois with New Orleans, Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama. ... Hyde Park is a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, located seven miles south of the Loop; it is home to the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. ... The Metra Electric Line (ME) is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, connecting Randolph Street Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois with its southern suburbs. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural referendums or referenda), ballot question, or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... Winding up redirects here. ... The Rock Island District (RI) is a commuter rail line operated by Metra from Chicago, Illinois southwest to Joliet. ... The General Motors Electro-Motive Division model F40PH is a 3000 horsepower (2. ... The EMD F40C is a 6-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between March and May 1974. ... Rock Island E8 #652, operated by Midland Railway of Baldwin City, Kansas. ... The EMD E9 was a 2,400 hp, A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois between May 1954 and December 1963. ... D&RGW F7 #5634 in 1950. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ... “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... Autobus redirects here. ... Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago area. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Trademark. ... The Metra Electric Line (ME) is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, connecting Randolph Street Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois with its southern suburbs. ... The Heritage Corridor (HC) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The SouthWest Service (SWS) is an American commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, running southwest from Union Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to Manhattan, Illinois. ... The North Central Service (NCS) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... There have been two Wisconsin Central railroads that ran through Wisconsin and neighboring states. ... The Canadian National Railway (CN; AAR reporting marks CN, CNA, CNIS) is a Canadian Class I railway operated by the Canadian National Railway Company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | Illinois railroads | Michigan railroads | Minnesota railroads | North Dakota railroads | South Dakota railroads | Wisconsin railroads ... The only surviving EMD E5 is used regularly on the museums excursion trains, usually pulling the Nebraska Zephyr. ... The Motive Power, Inc. ... Union Pacific redirects here. ... The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ... The Union Pacific/North (UP-N) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/Northwest (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/West (UP-W) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The BNSF Railway Line is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (AAR reporting mark BNSF) (NYSE: BNI), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and established as a result of a 1995 merger between the parent companies of the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, is one of the largest... Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District operates the electrified passenger service on the South Shore Line. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... This article is about the city in Indiana, US. For other uses of the name South Bend, see South Bend (disambiguation). ... An interurban streetcar line or interurban, also called a radial railway in Canada, is a streetcar line running between urban areas. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The Calumet was a 43. ... Nickname: Motto: Vale of Paradise Location in Indiana Coordinates: , Country State County Porter Government  - Mayor Jon Costas (R) Area  - City  11. ... Inter-city rail services are train services which cover larger distances than commuter trains. ... Hiawatha logo from the Milwaukee Road days Hiawatha (or the Hiawatha Service) is the name of a train route operated by Amtrak on the western shore Lake Michigan, though the name was historically applied to several different routes that extended across the Midwest and out to the Pacific Ocean. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ...


Lines and stations

Schematic of Metra's routes, as well as the South Shore Line. This schematic is not to scale.
Schematic of Metra's routes, as well as the South Shore Line. This schematic is not to scale.

Until the 1960s, Chicago had six major intercity terminals. Three of them – Central Station, Dearborn Station and Grand Central Station – have closed. Metra still uses the other three – LaSalle Street Station, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center – as well as the Millennium Station (formerly Randolph Street Station), a terminal for commuter lines that operated through Central Station. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (906x1114, 63 KB) Summary The Chicago Metra commuter rail system. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (906x1114, 63 KB) Summary The Chicago Metra commuter rail system. ... Inter-city rail services are train services which cover larger distances than commuter trains. ... Terminal Station was also the name of a railway station in Chattanooga, Tennessee; see Chattanooga Choo Choo. ... Central Station in February 1971, with signs for the Illinois Central and Big Four Central Station was an intercity passenger terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois, located at the southern end of Grant Park at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. ... Dearborn Stations train shed being demolished in May 1976, with the head house in the back Dearborn Station was the oldest of the six intercity train stations serving downtown Chicago, Illinois during the heyday of rail in the twentieth century. ... The north-west corner of Grand Central Station (facing Harrison Street) in July 1963. ... The station as rebuilt ca. ... Union Station is a Chicago train station that opened in 1925, replacing an earlier 1881 station, and is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. ... Modern Ogilvie Transportation Center Ogilvie Transportation Center (formally, the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center) is a Chicago, Illinois train station which was in built 1911. ... Commuter lines terminating at Randolph Street, shown in Panama Orange and Dark South Shore Burgundy on this schematic, serve Chicagos southern and eastern suburbs in Illinois and Indiana Randolph Street Station 1895 The Randolph Street Terminal renamed Millennium Station after the 2006 completion of its rehab & location adjacent...


Union Station serves all Amtrak intercity trains. It also serves Metra trains on several lines that operated into Union Station from before the 1960s: The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Inter-city rail services are train services which cover larger distances than commuter trains. ...

Since the 1960s, other routes have been rerouted into Union Station: The Heritage Corridor (HC) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... 1885 map The Alton Railroad was the final name of a railroad linking Chicago, Illinois to Alton, St. ... The BNSF Railway Line is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... The Milwaukee District/West (MD-W) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Milwaukee District/North (MD-N) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. ... 1893 map The Pennsylvania Railroad (AAR reporting mark PRR) was an American railroad that was founded in 1846 and merged in 1968 into Penn Central Transportation. ... The Calumet was a 43. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Nickname: Motto: Vale of Paradise Location in Indiana Coordinates: , Country State County Porter Government  - Mayor Jon Costas (R) Area  - City  11. ...

The Ogilvie Transportation Center, originally the Chicago and North Western Terminal, serves the three lines formerly operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway – the Union Pacific/North Line, Union Pacific/Northwest Line and Union Pacific/West Line. The SouthWest Service (SWS) is an American commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, running southwest from Union Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to Manhattan, Illinois. ... The Wabash Railway (AAR reporting mark WAB) was a Class I railroad that operated in the mid-central United States. ... Dearborn Stations train shed being demolished in May 1976, with the head house in the back Dearborn Station was the oldest of the six intercity train stations serving downtown Chicago, Illinois during the heyday of rail in the twentieth century. ... The Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W) (AAR reporting marks NW), a US class I railroad, was formed by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. ... The North Central Service (NCS) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... Soo Line 6022, an EMD SD60, pulls a train through Wisconsin Dells, WI, June 20, 2004. ... The Milwaukee District/West (MD-W) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... Incorporated Village in 1892. ... Modern Ogilvie Transportation Center The Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center is a passenger terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois, currently serving the three commuter rail lines of Metras Union Pacific District, which approach the terminal elevated above street level. ... The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ... The Union Pacific/North (UP-N) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/Northwest (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/West (UP-W) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ...


LaSalle Street Station serves only trains of the Rock Island District, originally operated by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The Rock Island District (RI) is a commuter rail line operated by Metra from Chicago, Illinois southwest to Joliet. ... The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark RI) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ...


Millennium Station (previously Randolph Street Station) serves the ex-Illinois Central Railroad Metra Electric Line, and the South Shore Line interurban streetcar service to South Bend, Indiana, operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. Commuter lines terminating at Randolph Street, shown in Panama Orange and Dark South Shore Burgundy on this schematic, serve Chicagos southern and eastern suburbs in Illinois and Indiana Randolph Street Station 1895 The Randolph Street Terminal renamed Millennium Station after the 2006 completion of its rehab & location adjacent... The Illinois Central (AAR reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois with New Orleans, Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama. ... The Metra Electric Line (ME) is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, connecting Randolph Street Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois with its southern suburbs. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... An interurban streetcar line or interurban, also called a radial railway in Canada, is a streetcar line running between urban areas. ... This article is about the city in Indiana, US. For other uses of the name South Bend, see South Bend (disambiguation). ... Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District operates the electrified passenger service on the South Shore Line. ...


Extension projects

Despite the State of Illinois's current budget crisis, Metra is implementing vigorous expansion in the coming years. Some of this expansion has already been realized: the Union Pacific/West line has been extended from Geneva, Illinois through La Fox to Elburn, and the Southwest Service line has been extended from Orland Park to Manhattan.[2] Metra is also in the process of extending the McHenry branch of the Union Pacific/Northwest into Johnsburg[3]. State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... Incorporated City in 1835. ... Elburn is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated Village in 1892. ... Manhattan is a village located in Will County, Illinois. ... McHenry is a city in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. ... Johnsburg is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. ...


Metra is also planning to create new rail services as well, namely the SouthEast Service line from downtown Chicago to Crete[4], as well as Metra's first entirely intra-suburban commuter line, the Suburban Transit Access Route, or "STAR" Line, which would operate between Joliet and O'Hare Airport, linking together Metra lines in the western suburbs.[5] The SouthEast Service is a proposed commuter rail line which would be provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... Crete is an affluent village in Will County, Illinois, United States. ... On January 30, 2003, Metra announced plans to build a new service line that would introduce a new fleet of Diesel multiple unit trains (DMUs) to connect nearly 100 communities in the region with a 55 mile long STAR (Suburban Transit Access Route) line in suburban Chicago. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... OHare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD) is an airport located in Chicago, Illinois, United States, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. ...


Fare structure

Metra has a zone-based fare structure. Fares are determined by the number of zones passed through on a trip. The zones are designated by letters and range from A (downtown stations and terminuses) to M. Harvard on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line is the only station located in the M zone, and no stations are located in the L zone. Connections Pace Platforms 2 Parking Parking lot operated by City of Harvard Other information Fare zone M Harvard is a station on Metras Union Pacific/Northwest Line located in Harvard, Illinois. ... The Union Pacific/Northwest (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ...


Motive power and rolling stock

Locomotive fleet

Numbers Model Year Built Assigned Disposition
100–127 F40PH 1976–1977 All diesel routes Operating, to be rebuilt[1]
128–184 F40PH-2 1979–1989 All diesel routes, many of which are assigned to the UP lines Operating
185–214 F40PHM-2 1991–1992 BNSF, RI, Milwaukee North, Milwaukee West, and North Central Service Operating
401–427 MP36PH-3 2003–2004 BNSF, RI, Milwaukee North, Milwaukee West, and North Central Service Operating
305, 308 F7 1949 All Diesel Routes Retired
514–516, 518, 521 E8 1951–1953 All Diesel Routes Retired
600–614 F40C 1974 Milwaukee Districts Retired, although engines 611 and 614 remain on the property.
1–2 SW1 1939 RI Operating
3 SW1200 Milwaukee West, Milwaukee North Operating
4–8 SW1500 RI, Milwaukee West, Milwaukee North, ME Operating

The General Motors Electro-Motive Division model F40PH is a 3000 horsepower (2. ... Caltrain train at Mountain View The General Motors model F40PH is a 3000 horsepower (2. ... The General Motors Electro-Motive Division model F40PH is a 3000 horsepower (2. ... The BNSF Railway Line is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Rock Island District (RI) is a commuter rail line operated by Metra from Chicago, Illinois southwest to Joliet. ... The Milwaukee District/North (MD-N) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Milwaukee District/West (MD-W) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The North Central Service (NCS) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Motive Power, Inc. ... D&RGW F7 #5634 in 1950. ... Rock Island E8 #652, operated by Midland Railway of Baldwin City, Kansas. ... The EMD F40C is a 6-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between March and May 1974. ... Southern Pacific Railroad SW1 #1000, photographed when brand new in 1939. ... BN 251 working the yard in Eola, Illinois. ... Union Pacific UPY 1069, a SW1500 equipped with Flexicoil trucks for higher speed service. ... The Metra Electric Line (ME) is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, connecting Randolph Street Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois with its southern suburbs. ...

Coach fleet

Numbers Type Heritage Year Built Builder Disposition
740–820 Coach Burlington 1950–1973 Budd Operating
7100–7121 Coach Burlington 1977–1978 Budd Operating
6001–6192 Coach Metra 2002–2005 Nippon Sharyo Operating
7200–7382 Coach Milwaukee 1961–1980 Budd Operating
7400–7497 Coach Metra 1996–1998 Amerail Operating
8200–8283 Coach/Cab Milwaukee 1961–1974 Budd Operating
8200–8239 Coach/Cab RTA 1978–1980 Budd Operating
8400–8413 Coach/Cab Metra 1994–1995 M-K Operating
8414–8478 Coach/Cab Metra 1995–1998 Amerail Operating
8501–8608 Coach/Cab Metra 2002–2005 Nippon Sharyo Operating
553 Club Car C&NW 1949 ACF Operating
555 Club Car C&NW 1949 ACF Retired
7600-7613 Coach C&NW 1955 St. Louis Retired
7650-7866 Coach C&NW 1955-1970 Pullman Retired
7867-7871 Coach RI 1970 St. Louis Retired
7880 Coach (Former Parlor) C&NW 1958 Pullman Retired
7881-7885 Coach RI 1970 Pullman Retired
7900-7901 Club Car (s) C&NW 1955 St. Louis Retired
8700-8763 Cab Cars C&NW 1960-1968 Pullman Retired

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting marks CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... Budd logo A rear view of Santa Fes El Capitan and its Budd-built observation car as it approaches the Raton Tunnel (Colorado side) on June 26, 1938. ... Nippon Sharyo, Ltd. ... The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ... American Car and Foundry (often abbreviated as ACF) is a manufacturer of railroad rolling stock. ... The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ... American Car and Foundry (often abbreviated as ACF) is a manufacturer of railroad rolling stock. ... The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ... The St. ... The streamlined Pullman observation-lounge car Coconino, coupled to a heavyweight sleeper painted in two-tone Pullman grey, brings up the rear of the Santa Fe Railways Chief at La Junta, Colorado on February 27, 1938. ... The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P RR) (AAR reporting marks RI) was a Class I railroad in the United States. ...

Metra electric fleet

Numbers Type Heritage Year Bulit Builder
1201–1226 MU Coach Metra 2005 Nippon Sharyo
1501–1630 MU Coach IC 1971–1972 St. Louis
1631–1666 MU Coach IC 1978–1979 Bombardier

Nippon Sharyo, Ltd. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Illinois railroads | Iowa railroads | Louisiana railroads | Missouri railroads | South Dakota railroads | Wisconsin railroads ... The St. ... For other uses, see Bombardier (disambiguation). ...

Notable accidents

Metra, as all passenger rail, has a reputation for being a safe and reliable mode of transportation. However, there have been several accidents in the past that have caught regional, and sometimes national, attention:

  • At around 5:53 p.m. on August 26, 1991, Mary T. Wojtyla, 41, of Chicago, was walking with her lawyer across the tracks at the Fairview Avenue grade crossing in Downers Grove, directly in front of a westbound train which was stopped at the Metra station. Apparently distracted by ongoing divorce proceedings, she crossed the center track and was struck by a westbound Burlington Northern EMD E9 pulling a "Racetrack" express train, estimated to be traveling at 60 miles per hour. Wojtyla was killed instantly; her lawyer saw the oncoming train and was not struck.[6] The accident delayed between 12,000 and 15,000 commuters on the Burlington Northern line for more than an hour.[7] Trains were further delayed when Downers Grove police ordered the engineer to back up the train in order to re-enact the incident. According to an account in the Downers Grove Reporter, "the engineer was so seriously affected by the re-enactment, where he had to pass by the dead body still on the tracks, he was unable to continue and had to be relieved of his duties."[8] A railfan captured Wojtyla being stuck by the train.[9] The video, dubbed "Traingirl", has been shown with the impact edited out at many Operation Lifesaver events, and unedited on shock site web sites and YouTube. A wrongful death lawsuit brought by Wojtyla's estate was dismissed in 1996.

On January 16, 1995, violinist Rachel Barton Pine was severely injured in a train accident in the suburb of Winnetka, Illinois. Her violin, which was an expensive $500,000 Amati was stuck in the train doors as she was getting off the train. She sued Metra for the incident in 1999, and it went to court where she was awarded $29 million. Since then, she has been playing violin and still goes in tours, but paralyzed with one real foot and another replacement one from when she was in rehabilitation. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article needs cleanup. ... Incorporated Village in 1873. ... The EMD E9 was a 2,400 hp, A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois between May 1954 and December 1963. ... Railfans practicing their hobby at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. ... Operation Lifesaver is a 501(c)(3) educational organization in the United States dedicated to promoting safety at railroad grade crossings and railroad right of ways. ... A shock site is a website that is intended to be offensive or shocking to most of its viewers, containing shocking material which is considered distasteful and crude, and is generally of a pornographic, scatological, or extremely violent nature. ...

  • On the morning of October 25, 1995, a Metra train hit a school bus which was stopped along the tracks at the stoplight at Algonquin Road and Northwest Highway in Fox River Grove. The accident resulted in seven deaths, multiple injuries, and a massive overhaul in safety, especially with respect to school buses and at short crossings. Millions of dollars were spent by several parties in lawsuits and safety improvements.
  • On September 17, 2005, a Metra train from Joliet to Chicago derailed about five miles from LaSalle Street Station, killing two people – Allison Walsh, 38 and Jane Cuthbert, 22 – and injuring approximately 80 others. While the investigation is still proceeding at this time the indications are that the train was traveling at excessive speed, one report stating that the train was moving at more than 60 mph over the posted speed limit of 10 mph, and this was a factor in the accident.
  • On November 23, 2005, a Metra train from Chicago to Antioch, Illinois collided with multiple cars at the Grand Avenue crossing in Elmwood Park, Illinois. The railroad tracks cross Grand Avenue at a shallow angle, therefore creating a longer-than-normal crossing. Just past the tracks on Grand Avenue (heading east) there is a traffic signal that can trap drivers disregarding the signs around the crossing warning them not to stop on the tracks. No one died at the scene, but 15 people needed to be sent to hospitals throughout Chicago. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the signals were working properly and have implied in statements to the press that fault for the accident lies with motorists who ignored warning signs and stopped across the railroad tracks.

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In popular culture

Metra has made several appearances in film:

  • In the 1990 film Home Alone, Kevin runs across a bridge as a Metra train pulls under it.
  • In the film She's Having a Baby, the main character takes the Metra to and from work each day.
  • In the film U.S. Marshals, although it's set in New York City, the train that cuts Deputy Gerard off shortly after the graveyard scene is a Metra. This is probably due to the fact that many scenes set in New York were actually filmed in Chicago.
  • Many shots take place aboard a Metra train in the 2005 film Derailed.
  • In the film Stir of Echoes, the main character played by Kevin Bacon works along a Metra line. He also lives in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, and visits a station there, though Logan Square does not actually have a Metra station.
  • In the film Save The Last Dance, the main character takes a Metra train to Chicago to live with her father.
  • In the Nintendo 64 title Cruis'n USA, a Metra F40PH (With "TOXIC" written in the place of "METRA" on the side) appears on railroad lines in several courses.

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External links

References

  • Leaders Agree to Push for Metra. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online, 22 December 2004. Retrieved on 20 January 2005.
  • Village board seeks Metra extension. McHenry Online. Retrieved on 20 January 2005.
  • Metra: Driven by its history, A modern Chicago railroad carries its past with it. Trains Magazine, July 2003, by J. David Ingles. Retrieved on 24 September 2006.
  • The CTA's "Doomsday Budget"-and what it means to Metra riders. On the Bi-Level, May 2005 Special Edition. Retrieved on 8 June 2005.
  • J. David Ingles, Metra: "Best Commuter Train", Trains July 1993
  1. ^ Association of American Railroads (reprinted by Norfolk Southern Railroad) (2006-05-16). Railroads Set Another Employee Safety Record in 2005. Retrieved on 2006-05-24.
  2. ^ Metra News Release
  3. ^ Metra Connects : Proposed New Starts
  4. ^ Metra Connects : Proposed New Starts
  5. ^ Metra Connects : Proposed New Starts
  6. ^ Operation Lifesaver assembly. Lake Park High School. 1999.
  7. ^ "Train kills woman in Downers Grove", Chicago Tribune, August 27, 1991, CHICAGOLAND, p. 6
  8. ^ "Pedestrian killed by speeding Metra train", Downers Grove Reporter, August 28, 1991, front page.
  9. ^ Unknown author (1991-08-26). girl hit by train (unedited). Retrieved on 2007-03-05.

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See also

This page is about Chicago mass transit. ... Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago area. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ... The BNSF Railway Line is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Heritage Corridor (HC) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Metra Electric Line (ME) is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, connecting Randolph Street Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois with its southern suburbs. ... The Milwaukee District/North (MD-N) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Milwaukee District/West (MD-W) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The North Central Service (NCS) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Rock Island District (RI) is a commuter rail line operated by Metra from Chicago, Illinois southwest to Joliet. ... The SouthEast Service is a proposed commuter rail line which would be provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The SouthWest Service (SWS) is an American commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra, running southwest from Union Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to Manhattan, Illinois. ... The Union Pacific/North (UP-N) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/Northwest (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The Union Pacific/West (UP-W) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... The SouthEast Service is a proposed commuter rail line which would be provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... On January 30, 2003, Metra announced plans to build a new service line that would introduce a new fleet of Diesel multiple unit trains (DMUs) to connect nearly 100 communities in the region with a 55 mile long STAR (Suburban Transit Access Route) line in suburban Chicago. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The L[1], variously, if perhaps incorrectly, styled L, El, EL, or L, is the rapid transit system that serves Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... The Chicago Surface Lines (CSL) was operator of the street railway system of Chicago, Illinois from the years 1913 to 1947. ... The Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad (CA&E), known colloquially as the Roarin Elgin, was an interurban railroad that operated passenger and freight service on its line between Chicago, Illinois and Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. ... The Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, often called the North Shore Line, was an interurban railroad that operated commuter and passenger trains between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The Chicago City Railway was a cable car system, designed by William Eppelsheimer and opened in Chicago in 1882. ... The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ... Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District operates the electrified passenger service on the South Shore Line. ...

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