March 1, 2019

The Underground Railroad (UGRR) is a general term used to describe the secretive means of helping fugitive slaves escape bondage in the United States before the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865.  Abolitionists and UGRR operators were engaged in the first integrate...

December 21, 2018

L to R:  Lily Blouin, NRRHoF Director of Outreach and Communications; Janida Gardner, Metra Mechanical Foreman; and Julie King, NRRHoF Executive Director.

When Janida Gardner is asked if she ever considered working for a railroad as a young girl, she replies with an emp...

December 19, 2018

Brenda Simmons is a Carman. She starts her shift at 11:00 p.m., working through the night to perform inspections that ensure cars are safe to head out for the morning commute. She has been with Metra almost 15 years. Like so many women who have found career opportuniti...

November 28, 2018

Meet Hilary and Shannon.  These women work at Metra’s 49th Street Coach Shop, the site of Metra’s main railcar rehabilitation program.  Hilary is an electrician, and Shannon is a journeyman carman.  Their job is to help maintain railcars in a state of good repair, impr...

November 20, 2018

Railroad employees are immersed in a culture of safety. For locomotive engineers like Eveline and Yecinia, the two Metra employees featured in this video, safety requires maintaining focus and situational awareness at all times.

Recently, Metra launched an educational c...

November 15, 2018

Locomotive engineers are among Metra’s most visible employees.  Who hasn’t glanced up from the platform to wave at the person in the cab?  When we do, however, we may not expect to see a woman at the controls.  Working in the cab of a moving train is a rare opportunity...

November 9, 2018

For the average commuter, ticket agents, conductors, and locomotive engineers are the face of public transit. Behind the scenes, however, a vast team of skilled labor and degreed professionals are required to keep the trains running. Here’s a sampling of the range of p...

November 6, 2018

Once a male-dominated sector, women are an increasing presence in the field of transportation.  Of Metra’s nearly 3,000 employees, 20 percent are women and the number is growing.  Fully 26 percent of Metra’s new hires for 2018 are female.  That’s not surprising conside...

November 1, 2018

Image taken by Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune

How do you spend your morning rail commute? Checking e-mail, texting friends for lunch, glancing through the paper, finishing that staff memo, or maybe just watching the scenery go by?

One thing you probably don’t do is think...

March 31, 2018

Lisa Stabler, President, TTCI

Lisa Stabler has always considered herself "the odd one." 

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Lisa's fascination with "how things work," was inspired by both her childhood surroundings – home to the Wright Brothers and DELCO, Dayton was a hub...

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