The Federal Railroad Administration announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its safety oversight of Metra.
move was prompted by the recent controversy at Metra surrounding a hefty
board-approved severance package to the agency's ousted CEO Alex Clifford and allegations of patronage, which has led to the resignation of four Metra board members.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) had asked the federal agency earlier in August to increase its Metra oversight as "current leadership issues are being resolved."
In a letter to Durbin, the federal agency's Administrator Joseph Szabo said
"regular inspections of Metra tracks, signals and operations to
establish compliance with federal regulation of railroads" would be
conducted along with weekly safety meetings with Metra's chief operations officer.