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DC suspends most of its Metro trains over safety issue

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week. The ruling promises to complicate daily travel and...

Metra won't increase fares, restoring full service in 2022

Oct. 18, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Metra is restoring service on all train lines to pre-pandemic levels and won't raise fares next year in hopes more and more riders will return to using the suburban Chicago commuter rail service. Metra approved a new, $900 million operating budget for...

Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say

Oct. 16, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said...

1 dead after vehicle, South Shore train collide in Gary

Oct. 16, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — One person died after a car and a South Shore commuter train collided, authorities said. A motorist tried to go around the gates at a crossing in Gary and was struck by the train around 6 p.m. Friday, South Shore Line President Michael Noland said. ...

Mexico City: criminal charges brought in subway collapse

Oct. 14, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City prosecutors announced Thursday they will bring criminal charges shortly against “several people and companies” for construction and design defects that caused an elevated subway line to collapse in May, killing 26 people. Ernestina...

Metro train derails in Virginia, service suspended in area

Oct. 13, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Metro train derailed near the Arlington Cemetery station Tuesday and service remains suspended in the area Wednesday, the transit agency said. Metro said firefighters and Metro Transit police officers helped about 200 passengers off the train...

California bullet train's latest woe: Will it be high speed?

Oct. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new and fundamental debate has emerged in the battle over California's high-speed rail project that could again significantly downgrade the troubled effort: Should the trains even be high speed when the system launches? That's a conversation...

Rail link to LaGuardia Airport put on hold after criticism

Oct. 12, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A $2 billion project to build a rail link connecting New York City to LaGuardia Airport was officially put on hold Tuesday, after weeks of criticism from public officials and a lawsuit from neighborhood and environmental groups. In a news release, the...

Wheel of slow-moving Amtrak train derails; no injuries

Oct. 12, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — The wheel of a slow-traveling Amtrak train came off the tracks Monday afternoon near Woodland, Washington, but no passengers were injured. The train was going about 15 mph (24 kph) when the wheel came off the track between the Vancouver and Kelso...

Gunman kills fellow passenger on Los Angeles Metro train

Oct. 10, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police searched Sunday for a man who shot and killed a fellow passenger on a Los Angeles Metro train. Witnesses told detectives the man was pacing in the B Line train and got into an argument with a woman seated near him in the car, police said in a...