Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The incident occurred on the North Central line on Tuesday morning, according to the Daily Herald.
A 51-year-old Mount Prospect man was killed by a Metra train near the Prospect Heights Metra station around 9:44 a.m. Tuesday after initial reports indicate he jumped in front of the train, police told the Daily Herald. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his family, according to the article.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Why doesn’t Metra have wireless internet on its trains yet? Mostly because it would be enormously expensive and a technological challenge, too. But should they?
Should Metra get Wi-Fi? Even if it’s expensive and hard to implement and maintain? The commuter-rail network is considering the possibility, the Chicago Tribune and other news agencies report, but price and technology continue to be two major barriers, despite that a DePaul University report shows 48 percent of Metra riders use personal electronic devices during their commutes. According to the paper, it could cost over $70 million to install wireless internet on all 11 Metra lines over five years—though some of that could perhaps be recouped by paid plans or sponsorships—and there’s a fear that the technology might quickly become obsolete or go unused by customers who prefer other connectivity, like smart-phone hotspots or air-cards. "(…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Palatine residents make on average income of about $91,000, according to Crain's.
A look at income levels in suburban towns with Metra stops provides a glimpse at the disparity in wealth throughout the area, according to an interactive map posted on Crain's Chicago Business Journal. Among all Chicago and suburban Metra stops, Palatine ranked as the 47th highest income with an average income of $91,296, according to Crain's. Palatine residents have between 10.1 to 30 percent of the highest average incomes, according to the map. The Metra station that ranked as number one was in Kennilworth where the average income came in at $242,188, according to Crain's. Read more and find out how other area suburbs compare on Crain's Chicago Business Journal.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Incoming and outgoing trains to and from Chicago have been affected by the delays.
Delays were being reported Wednesday morning for Metra's northwest line. At least two trains on the northwest line were expected to arrive between 16 and 40 minutes late to Chicago this morning due to manpower issues, according to the Chicago Tribune. A train expected to leave the city at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Harvard at 9:20 a.m. was running 30 to 40 minutes behind schedule, according to the Metra website. The delayed departure was caused by a "late arrival of equipment caused by earlier delays." Check the Metra website for more updates.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Additional crossing gates would prevent commuters from wandering onto the railroad tracks on Pearson Street, said a Des Plaines resident who witnessed a fatal train and pedestrian crash on Tuesday.
Additional safety precautions are necessary at a Des Plaines railroad crossing, a Des Plaines resident said after seeing a commuter hit by a train on Tuesday morning. Tim Lally, of Des Plaines, had just arrived for a train he usually takes to Chicago a short time before 7:30 a.m. when what Lally described as an accident occurred. Lally, a software trainer, and his neighbor stood on the sidewalk on the southwest side of the railroad tracks at Pearson and Ellinwood streets, behind activated crossing gates, as an express train to Chicago not scheduled to stop in Des Plaines approached the depot. A man standing on the center platform had been speaking with an elderly woman before turning away from her and walking southeast onto Pearson Street…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
One person was killed this morning after being struck by a Metra train in Des Plaines.
Updated 3:57 p.m., April 16 A train passing through Des Plaines Tuesday morning killed one person, and the incident is being investigated by Des Plaines police, according to Metra. The train that struck the man was traveling on the center track, stated Meg Reile, spokesperson for Metra, and was an express train that was not scheduled to stop in Des Plaines. Reile stated Metra trains were stopped for approximately two hours as a result of the incicent. “Other than that, we have no official information regarding the person or the exact circumstances involved in this fatality,” Reile stated. Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said the crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., and the investigation was ongoing. “We’re investigating an …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A Metra train decorated for the holidays travelled through Palatine this afternoon filled with children battling life-threatening diseases. Palatine firefighters wearing Santa hats and holding signs showed their support as the train rolled by.
Children riding on the Polar Express, part of Operation North Pole were greeted by members of the Palatine Fire Department Saturday afternoon at the Palatine Metra Station. The train, heading inbound towards downtown from Crystal Lake, slowed down in time for the firefighters, complete with Santa hats and directional North Pole signs, to wave and show their support. More than 60 families who have children battling life-threatening diseases were onboard and headed to their destionation in Des Plaines. There the families boarded charter buses and joined a parade with Santa, riding atop a Fire Department ladder truck, to a Winter Wonderland at the Donald E. Stephens Rosemont Convention and Banquet Center for a holiday celebration. Each …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
DePaul study lists Palatine as one of the 20 best communities when it comes to public transit within the suburbs of Chicago.
Palatine has been selected as one of the top 20 transit suburbs of Metropolitan Chicago, according to a study released last week by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development based at DePaul University in Chicago. The city ranks 18th among 20 suburban communities in the report and is described as "very walkable." "Some communities with highly attractive station designs, such as Palatine, Tinley Park, and Winnetka, suffered from an absence of certain types of retail businesses near the station," the report states. The scores for the quality of station buildings and platforms ranged from 45 to 71 points out of a possible 80. Tinley Park earned the highest score (71), followed by Wilmette (69) and Palatine (69), according to the …
Friday, June 22, 2012
The Lake County Coroner's Office says it's still unclear if the incident was a suicide.
UPDATE June 27 3:30 p.m.: The Lake County Coroner's Office tells Barrington Patch the investigation in the Ghaussy death is still ongoing. For this reason, they cannot reveal if the incident has been labeled as a suicide, an accident or other another cause. The investigation should be wrapped up by mid-July. We will have more information for the public at that time. Daoud (David) Ghaussy's obituary ... The person hit and killed by a Metra train on June 17 has been identified. The Lake County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased as 44-year-old Daoud Ghaussy of Barrington. Ghaussy was struck by a Metra train at 11:15 a.m. on June 17 at the intersection of Cuba Road and Route 14. The Lake County Coroner's Office says Ghaussy's …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The incident happened Sunday, June 17 around 11:15 a.m.
UPDATE 8:55 a.m.: The Lake County Coroner reports that the deceased has not yet been identified. The cause of death has been confirmed as multiple traumatic injuries. The coroner's office says it's too early to say if the incident was a suicide or accidental. ... A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a Metra Train on Father's Day. It happened around 11:15 a.m. at Cuba Road and Route 14 along the Union Pacific Northwest line, between the Fox River Grove and Barrington Metra Stations. Metra officials say the incident also damaged the train upon impact, causing an extremely long delay for passengers. "The train was stopped for quite a long time partially because the train itself was damaged in the incident. The passengers were taken…