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GEL NEWS: Woman struck and killed by Metra UPW train

An outbound Union Pacific West Line Metra train struck and killed a woman in Glen Ellyn Monday afternoon, and is still stopped there as authorities investigate the incident. UPW Train No. 33, which left Ogilvie Station in Chicago at 12:40 p.m., struck and killed a 56-year-old woman near the Glen Ellyn station about 1:30 p.m., according to Metra and Glen Ellyn police.
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Glen Ellyn commuters could be impacted by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee decision to cut $450 million a year for CTA, Metra and Pace capital improvement projects.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago-area mass-transit leaders are screaming at the top of their lungs about a bill awaiting a vote in the U.S. House that they say could cost the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace as much as $450 million a year in capital funds.

It was an all around bad day for Metra West Line commuters Friday as two unrelated incidents delayed morning and evening rush hour train service.

On Friday morning, a man was struck and killed about 6:45 a.m. by outbound train #15 near the intersection of Kilbourn Avenue and Kinzie Street, Metra Spokesman Tom Miller said.

The incident halted Metra trains on the Union Pacific/West line. While Metra service announcements in Glen Ellyn at 7:35a.m. indicated uncertain delay times and an indefinite stoppage, Metra trains were moving as of 7:50 a.m., Miller said.

GEL SHARE: Stalled train causes early morning headaches

Stalled train causes early morning headaches in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton - Union Pacific officials still are trying to determine what caused a freight train to stall for several hours Tuesday morning in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, creating headaches for early morning commuters. [News from Daily Herald]

Improved passenger and freight train flow, an enhanced safety design, and a reduced environmental footprint are among the benefits of the Metra Union Pacific west line improvement project. Work at the stations is scheduled to begin in March and conclude near the end of 2010. Metra service will not be disrupted while the project is under way.

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