Metra Receives Federal Aid to Reduce Diesel Pollution In Its Trains

After a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed alarming news about diesel pollution inside Metra’s passenger trains, the agency has taken several steps to improve the situation. Now it is receiving federal assistance in its efforts to make its cars safer.

The federal government is giving Metra more than $5 million to help reduce toxic emissions. This comes a year after a Chicago Tribune report that found high levels of diesel exhaust at Ogilvie train station and in some commuter rail cars.

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said reducing train emissions will save Metra fuel and help limit commuter exposure to harmful air pollution.

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