Metra had a terrible week, all apparently due to circumstances beyond its control.
On Wednesday morning, a ticket seller reported that an
armed man had boarded the express Loop-bound Burlington Northern train.
The ensuing police search that delayed thousands of passengers ended peacefully when officers discovered the gunman
actually was an armed U.S. Secret Service agent.
Later that same night, an Amtrak train derailed south of Union Station, delaying Metra trains going to the south and southwest suburbs.
Friday, sub-zero temperatures and a freight derailment in Buffalo Grove caused widespread problems and cut North Central service for the day. Thousands of passengers were stranded in the bitter cold.
Will we have trains to and from Antioch by Monday? Metra expects to, but check Metra's web site for service advisories.
It's hard to say what Metra could do to prevent this sort of thing -- since there were outside causes. The best thing to do if you're a passenger is always dress for the weather and make sure you have enough to read.