Metra announce improvements to help with winter, cold weather troubles

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Metra announced Thursday some improvements to its system just in time for winter.

It is a system that was plagued with problems last year. Metra is hoping new equipment will help passengers get where they are going on time – or close to it.

Last winter, when trains were delayed, tens of thousands of passengers were left on the sideline.

The train company knows it needed to spend some money to stay on track.

367 new rail cars are in service to replace portions of an aging fleet. It cost $1.2 billion.

Three new cold air blower trucks totaling $2.5 million will help clear the snow quickly and efficiently with 525 mph gusts.

The commuter rail system is also simplifying its communications. The website, alerts and overhead announcements will be less train specific and hopefully less confusing. 20-40 minute delays will be conveyed to tell riders generally how to operate and make the next train.

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