Metra sues UP over new fare collection policy

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Metra yesterday sued Union Pacific Railroad for breach of contract, marking a new stage in the ongoing dispute between the railroads over the operation of commuter service on UP-owned rail lines in the Chicago area.

Filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Metra's lawsuit accuses UP of breaching its purchase of service agreement (PSA) with the Chicago commuter railroad by failing to maintain ticket agents at stations, collect tickets and fares on trains and have UP trainmen walk the trains on UP's Union Pacific North, Northwest and West lines.

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