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DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra study: Passenger rail service would prove paramount in DeKalb

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 7, 2023

DeKALB – NIU might not be the largest university in the state without a passenger rail service for much longer, as a recent study conducted by DeKalb, NIU and Sam Schwartz Consulting suggests. The feasibility study to extend Metra commuter rail services...

DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra could come to DeKalb following new study

By Colin Kempsell | January 10, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council gave the green light Monday to fund a transportation study that could bring a Metra train line and station to the city. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the study to be conducted by Sam Schwartz Consulting...

DeKalb needs Metra station

By Editorial Board | March 6, 2017

In an effort to extend the Metra line to DeKalb, a petition created by DeKalb resident Jane Rogers, has received over 1,000 signatures and support from various public entities, including NIU and the Northern Star Editorial Board.Bringing a Metra station...

Commuters: Resources for having a safe trip back to campus

By Arthur Aumann | February 3, 2015

A weekend blizzard blanketed the Midwest in snow and led to class being canceled at NIU, but classes resumed Tuesday.The blizzard left more than a foot of snow in DeKalb and 22 inches by Lincolnshire, which was the highest accumulation in the state, according...

Metra increases onboard penalty fee

By Alexis Malapitan | February 2, 2015

Metra has increased its onboard penalty fee from $3 to $5, according to its website.Part of the funds raised by the fare increase will go toward financing costs of $400 million in bonds to help update Metra’s system, CEO Don Orseno said.The increase...



By Gavin Weaver | October 16, 2014

A Metra passenger waits for the 6:25 p.m. Wednesday train to Chicago at the Elburn Metra Station. Metra is considering raising the price of its tickets, which would increase the price of one-way tickets to Chicago from $7.25 to $8.25. The station is frequently...

Students facing higher costs for travel to city

Students facing higher costs for travel to city

By Rachel Scaman | October 16, 2014

Students may see a $1 increase in the Elburn train’s one-way ticket price come February if the Metra board approves a fare hike at its meeting Nov. 14.If the hike is approved, one-way tickets will increase from $7.25 to $8.25, 10-ride passes will increase...

Rising ticket price could make travel harder for students

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 16, 2014

Students should make clear their opinions on a potential Metra ticket price increase from $7.25 to $8.25 before a final vote on the fare hike.Comments on Metra’s budget will be solicited at a Nov. 5 public hearing for Geneva and Kane County at 4 p.m....

Elburn shuttle increases service

By Andrea Azzo | September 19, 2011

Students will have more transportation options to get to the train station. Starting Friday, the DeKalb Elburn Shuttle Service will provide rides to the Elburn Metra Train Station on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The shuttle service, which can transport...

The Huskie Bus stystem runs all day and can takes students over
much of the DeKalb and Sycamore area.

Students looking to leave DeKalb have plenty of options

August 24, 2011

Dekalb | When a student needs to get somewhere outside of Dekalb, there are transportation options available.The Huskie Bus line is available to students for free and makes various stops around NIU's campus. Though its main routes go around Dekalb and...