CHICAGO – The Federal Railroad Administration says it will increase its safety oversight of Metra.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that he received a letter from the agency confirming it would take additional steps to make sure the Chicago commuter rail system is safe. The letter was from FRA Administrator Joe Szabo, who said there will be more inspections on Metra trains.
Durbin asked the agency for more oversight earlier this month. Durbin said it's necessary as Metra deals with management and financial challenges.
Durbin said he's concerned a lack of permanent leadership at Metra could create a situation where safety could be neglected.
Four Metra board members have resigned in recent weeks amid criticism of a $718,000 buyout of ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford and allegations of political patronage.