Behind the Scenes at Metra

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Welcome to our archive of stories taking you behind the scenes at My Metra. These include features about our riders, workers, system, equipment, policies, procedures and much more!

November 21st, 2017

A parade of locomotives rolling from Georgia to Chicago continues. Earlier this month, Metra received the first of 30 rehabilitated… read more

November 2nd, 2017

In a small room at Metra’s Consolidated Control Facility, a group of Metra Engineering Department employees and consultants monitor an… read more

October 27th, 2017

A piece of metal the size of a pencil eraser is all it takes to bring a train to a screeching halt. The air braking system on a train is… read more

October 13th, 2017

If you’re a passenger on the Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, or North Central Service lines, you may have seen two… read more

October 2nd, 2017

Metra can take you to Mars, no special spacesuit necessary. OK. So it’s probably not the Mars you imagined. The terrain isn’t rocky or red… read more

September 15th, 2017

A surprise from 1977 has hit the rails. Metra on Thursday unveiled a special locomotive wrap on one of its F40PH locomotives to… read more

August 18th, 2017

Tucked in the corner of the bathroom and beneath the stairs in every Metra car sits a small piece of machinery that enables all Metra… read more

May 19th, 2017

You sit in the same seat in the same car. So you probably feel like you don’t need to pay much attention to the train and railroad… read more

March 31st, 2017

In the battle between a steel train wheel and a pile of leaves, the winner is not as clear-cut as it might seem. Leaves could cause a set… read more

March 16th, 2017

While safety will always be Metra’s highest priority, on-time performance is a close second. We understand that our customers expect the… read more