Wednesday, May 15, 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. "(…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Des Plaines residents earn an average of $57,325, putting their station income rank as 151st among all Metra stations, 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 a map by Crain's Chicago Business Journal. Among all Chicago and suburban Metra stops, Des Plaines ranked as the 151st highest income with an average income of $57,325, according to Crain's. Des Plaines residents are ranked in the top 50.1 to 70 percent of average incomes of towns along Metra lines, according to the map. The Metra station that ranked as number one was 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.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Expanded café, façade construction, a new clock, more in store for the train depot on Miner Street in Des Plaines, according to city documents.
The downtown Des Plaines area will have a new look before the end of the year, and the Metra train depot is included in the comprehensive plan. Des Plaines City Council approved awarding a bid of almost a half-million dollars to remodel the train depot at a meeting on May 6. New doors, windows, an expanded café area, a clock in the center, changes to the façade and more are planned for the Metra depot, according to city documents. The work will be completed this construction season, by the fall, in conjunction with the extensive streetscape construction currently underway in the downtown area, said Michael Bartholomew, city manager, in an interview with Patch. “I think this is an exciting space,” Bartholomew said. “When you go up and down …
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
It was not clear to one eyewitness whether the man walked or jumped into an oncoming Metra train.
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. Related: Eyewitness: Fatality Near Des Plaines Metra Depot Was An Accident 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 …
Trains are stopped due to the incident that occurred around 7:30 a.m.
Update: April 16, 2 p.m. A train passing through Des Plaines Tuesday morning killed one person, and the incident is being investigated by Des Plaines police, according to Metra. An eye witness report shared with Patch by a source who asked not to be identified said it was not clear whether the man walked into or jumped into the path of the train. The man was reported to have been on the center platform near the depot when the crash occurred. Related: More Details: Train Hits Pedestrian in Des Plaines April 16, 8:14 a.m. Union Pacific Northwest Metra trains are at a standstill this morning after a pedestrian was hit in Des Plaines, the Sun-Times reports. A Metra train hit the person at 7:30 a.m. near the Des Plaines train station, the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A study finds people can commute cheaply to a greater number of jobs if they live near public transit.
Living near a Metra station is not only convenient for commuters, but it also raises property values, a new study reports. Data in the study released by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors reveal that during the last recession, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service, the realtors' and public transit associations said in a statement. The reasons? Access to more jobs and a cheaper, often shorter, commute. "When homes are located near public transportation, they are among the most valuable and desirable in the area," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. "This study shows that …
Friday, March 15, 2013
A teenage boy was struck by the train near the Barrington train station.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: Metra trains are moving again along the Union Pacific Northwest line this evening. Trains were at a standstill after a pedestrian was struck just after 6 p.m. No passengers were on the train at the time of the incident, Metra officials say. The train that struck the teenager originated in Barrington. ORIGINAL STORY: A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train in Barrington this evening, Barrington Police confirm. The incident happened at 6:05 p.m. about a block north of the Barrington train station, according to Metra officials. Detective Sergeant Kevin Croke tells Barrington Patch a teenage boy was struck by the train and taken to Lutheran General Hospital in unknown condition. It's unclear if the incident was an …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The price of the 10-ride ticket is no longer discounted.
Metra riders are no longer getting a discount for purchasing a 10-ride fare. The Metra Board of Directors voted last month to change the cost of the once discounted 10-ride pass to be equivalent to the price of 10 one-way fares. The change was made to help fund capital improvement projects, the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate reports. The policy went into effect Feb 1. Des Plaines commuters will now pay $47.50 for a 10-ride pass, or $4.75 for a one-way ticket. Monthly passes are $135.25 and weekend tickets are $7. Ten-ride tickets purchased between Nov. 17 and Jan. 31 are valid through Feb. 28. What do you think about the Metra fare increase? Will you take Metra less?
Saturday, January 26, 2013
No injuries were reported in the incident, the Daily Herald reported.
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Saturday, January 26
A car that broke down on the tracks near the Des Plaines Metra train depot was hit by an outbound train Friday evening, the Daily Herald reported. No injuries were reported, according to the newspaper.