Although Metra's commuter rail system is designed to connect points all over the Chicago metropolitan area, it does provide some intracity connections within Chicago.
In downtown Chicago, Metra trains originate from one of four stations. The three Union Pacific lines originate at Ogilvie Transportation Center.
It gradually was reported that his exit had been demanded by the Metra board, which negotiated a 1,000 severance package including a non-disclosure agreement.
In the beginning the Regional Transportation Authority commuter train fleet consisted of second-hand equipment, until 1976 when the first order of new EMD F40PH locomotives arrived. Less than a decade later the Regional Transportation Authority was already suffering from ongoing financial problems.
In 1983 the Illinois Legislature reorganized the agency.
That reorganization left the Regional Transportation Authority in charge of day-to-day operations of all bus, heavy rail and commuter rail services throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
It was also responsible for directing fare and service levels, setting up budgets, finding sources for capital investment and planning.