Monday, April 15, 2013
Multiple Northbrook departments trained in communication and coordination during various, possible incidents.
The following reports were part of Northbrook's weekly village memo. On April 9, Northbrook departments such as police, fire, public works and general government senior staff, along with a representative from METRA, conducted a tabletop drill to review/rehearse communication and coordination of a mock incident involving village infrastructure, water supply, transportation and a significant railroad hazard. The objective of the training was to identify key roles and to improve efficiency and effectiveness with unified command and other concepts of interoperability and coordinated service. The group discussed emergency communications as well as interdepartmental and interagency operations. Police Welcome New Recruit Northbrook’s newest …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Metra's board voted to drop the discount on its 10-ride ticket.
Folks who ride the Metra regularly may now have to shell out an extra few bucks for every 10th trip. That's because the Metra board of directors voted 8-2 on Nov. 16 to raise the cost of a 10-ride ticket. The new 10-ride ticket would cost the same as 10 individual tickets. In the past, the discounted fare only charged the equivalent of nine rides. The increased fare would go into effect Feb. 1, and 10-Ride tickets purchased Nov. 17 through Jan. 31 would be valid only through Feb. 28, according to the Metra website. Even though the measure was passed by the board, the fare increase cannot legally be adopted until Metra holds a meeting for public comment. These public hearings will be held simultaneously at eight Chicagoland locations from 4…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Maintenance from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will delay Shermer Rd. traffic where it crosses the Metra railroad in Downtown Northbrook.
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Friday, November 9, 2012
The following update was provided by the Village of Northbrook. On Sunday, Nov. 11, Metra will be conducting repair work at the Shermer Rd. railroad crossing in Downtown Northbrook. The work will involve re-setting rails and replacing portions of the rubberized panels. One lane of Shermer Road will be closed while crews perform the work between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Metra personnel will conduct traffic control at the crossing, so a detour will not be necessary. There will be slight delays, so motorists should allow for extra time. "Like" Northbrook Patch on Facebook to see future community updates in your news feed.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The commuter rail system will be holding a public input session in Evanston on Wednesday.
North Shore residents have the chance to share their opinions on Metra service this Wednesday, when the agency holds a public input meeting. As part of its effort to develop a strategic plan, Metra will be holding a series of meetings throughout the suburbs this summer. The open houses are designed to gather feedback on Metra's mission and values, according to the agency's website. "In this time of limited transportation funding, it is especially important that our plans accurately consider the projects and direction desired by the public and key stakeholders," reads a statement about the open houses on the agency's website. Regional rail commuters from around the north suburbs are invited to the open house in Evanston, which takes place …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The meeting of leaders from around the globe—along with the anticipated protests—will affect transportation, museums and a whole lot more.
Traffic jams, detours and public transit delays are three sure results of the NATO summit this coming weekend, when more than 60 heads of state from around the country will descend upon Chicago. Workers downtown are being told to swap their suits for jeans and t-shirts in order to blend in with protesters, while police and hospital staff are on alert for mass mobilization in case things get out of hand. Along with all government buildings, police will be paying special attention to the CTA and the Metra, officials said. HERE'S HOW THE NATO SUMMIT MAY AFFECT YOU If you plan to ride the CTA: If you take Metra: If you drive: And here are a few other things to think about, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Village board members discuss draft plan for downtown development, funded by a $100,000 grant from the RTA and an additional $25,000 from the village.
Presented with a draft plan for downtown development, some Northbrook trustees said the $125,000 planning process was a waste of time and money, while others said it provided valuable information—even if implementation would be a challenge. “It is not a blueprint. The developers are not going to start bulldozing tomorrow. It is an outline,” explained trustee James Karagianis, who reviewed the plan along with other board members at a public meeting Tuesday. “It is a signal to the development community of what we would like to see.” Karagianis chaired a steering committee composed of property owners, developers and concerned citizens, who fine-tuned the plan over the last several months. The planning process began with a community survey and…
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Project is expected to take 2-3 months.
Workers will begin construction on the southbound platform at the Metra station downtown beginning Thursday, Aug. 11. Commuters can expect some areas of the platform to be closed to pedestrian traffic for approximately 14 weeks while crewmembers work to remove and reconstruct the asphalt surface. “The inbound platform needs to be rehabilitated due to wear and tear,” said Tom Miller, a spokesperson for Metra. During the first phase of construction, the platform will be blocked off from the southern edge of the depot to crosswalk just north of the train station, Miller said. Eight parking spaces will also be blocked off. In the second phase of construction, crews will block off the depot from the crosswalk to Shermer Road, with no loss of …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Chicagoland commuters should have a more seamless way to use the three transit agencies by 2015.
A universal fare card system for RTA, Metra and Pace transportation systems was signed into legislation by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. The bill will "allow riders to use credit or debit cards or prepaid cards on all transit systems effective Jan. 1, 2015." "This is 21st century transit reform," Quinn said during the signing ceremony, according to The Chicago Tribune. “Now it's the law and everyone will work toward that date,” RTA deputy executive director of communications Diane Palmer told the Herald. “This is obviously a key priority for the RTA.” Additionally, the law calls for Metra to create a train tracking system that is similar to the Chicago Transit Authorities' Bus and Train Tracker programs, …
Monday, June 27, 2011
May, Dold and Dold's opposition head to weekend event.
Bicycle riding was a big part of the weekend for Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) and two of the three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to oppose Dold in 2012. Dold and May spent an hour Saturday at the Glencoe Grand Prix bicycle race, a major event on the local cycling circuit, where they awarded school age racers. Both found some time for politics as well. Bike-friendly politicians Before Dold and May arrived in Glencoe, Deerfield business consultant Brad Schneider was ready to watch his son, Adam, compete in the 18 and under division of the bike race. The candidate for the Democratic nomination to unseat Dold in the redrawn 10th Congressional District sees cycling as part of an energy …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Most seniors at a recent RTA meeting said they are OK to pay for transit.
The Regional Transit Authority, which oversees the CTA, Metra and Pace, held an informational meeting concerning upcoming changes to the Seniors Ride Free program Thursday afternoon at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston. Officials from all transportation services were on hand to hear questions and concerns about the changes that will go into effect Sept. 1. The Seniors Ride Free program will now be known as the Seniors Circuit Ride Free program and the Seniors Reduced Fare program. To qualify for the Circuit Ride Ride Free program a senior would need to make less than $27, 610 individually, $36,635 for a two-person household, or $45,657 for a household of three or more. Diane Palmer, the RTA's deputy executive director of communications, …