What if Metra employees were late to work as often as Metra passengers?

It was a big deal to news media this morning when new Metra CEO Don Orseno reported at an Illinois House mass transit committee hearing that the commuter-focused rail system experienced a 30% on-time rating in January, when the “polar … Continue reading

Can you rely on Metra after hearing a story like this?

Thanks for kicking us off the train and letting us freeze @metraMDN #METRA #Chiberia #Chicago @WGNMorningNews pic.twitter.com/njFyJyy53I — Frank Noverini (@noverini) February 5, 2014 Tweet shows a different Metra line but is representative of experiences since #Chiberia began in January.  … Continue reading

Chicagoland transit funding has no traction

I reviewed Metropolitan Planning Council’s short and easy-to-read report about existing funding conditions of Chicagoland transit (CTA, Metra, and Pace) for Streetsblog Chicago. It was more eye-opening that I expected, mainly because I didn’t realize how poorly we fund transit … Continue reading

How Chicagoans commute map: An interview with the cartographer

Shaun Jacobsen blogs at Transitized.com and yesterday published the How Chicagoans Commute map. I emailed him to get some more insight on why he made it, how, and what insights it tells about Chicago and transit. The map color-symbolizes census tracts … Continue reading

Wayfinding signs at Van Buren Street Metra station are incomplete

The Regional Transportation Authority has spent $2 million to improve wayfinding between CTA, Metra, and Pace train stations and bus stops in a needed effort to connect newbies and long-time residents to their next transfer. Some of the signs need to … Continue reading

Why are children getting hurt in the street because of “looming”?

Adults are better than children at detecting the speed of a car that’s traveling faster than 20 miles per hour and are more likely to avoid crossing, thus not getting hit.  Director of New York City-based Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely-White asked on … Continue reading