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New Metra CEO criticized, board to appoint chairman

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Metra warned riders that Tuesday's cold will likely delay trains, following a hearing Monday night where Metra's new CEO received severe criticism for the commuter rail's performance during the polar vortex.

Trains were expected to experience delays because of temperature-related speed restrictions on Tuesday, according to a winter weather service alert posted to Metra's website.

Trains on the Milwaukee District West Line were experiencing delays of about 10 minutes because of switch problems early Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, a train on the North Central Service was delayed by 15 to 20 minutes because of freight train interference.

Metra advised riders to allow extra travel time. Passengers tried to be sympathetic on Tuesday. They told FOX 32 News that they understand machines break down. It's just what happens in severe weather. But would they like to get to work and get home on time, especially when it's cold? Of course.

State lawmakers told Metra to stop passing the buck at a hearing Monday night, for its disastrous performance during the polar vortex. Metra's new CEO was blasted with criticism.

The House Mass Transit Committee said Metra should stop blaming the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads for delays. One rep said bluntly that Metra isn't what it used to be.

Monday's hearing was called after commuters were stranded with very little warning by train delays and cancellations.

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