Mostly Cloudy
69°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Metra passenger complaints prompt probe

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 6:26 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The Federal Railroad Administration has announced it is taking a look at Metra commuter rail operations after speeding and signal violations led to three engineers losing their certifications.

FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo says the investigation will "provide us an opportunity to assess Metra's testing, training, performance and compliance programs."

Rock Island Line passengers have complained recently they feared their train would derail on separate occasions because of engineers' actions.

Szabo says FRA investigators intend to interview affected employees, review event recorder tapes and video recordings and look at Metra locomotive engineer qualifications.

Metra spokesman Michael Gillis says the agency, which serves metropolitan Chicago, is committed to safety and as a precaution "is issuing a bulletin to all operating personnel to remind them of the importance of safe operating procedures."

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

What part of fall are you looking forward to most?
Pumpkin-flavored items
Football
Changing leaves
Halloween
Other