Metra could borrow trains for Olympics

March 13, 2009 3:48:15 PM PDT
Metra is getting prepared for the possibility of Chicago winning the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.The commuter rail line says it hopes to borrow locomotives and passenger cars from other cities to accommodate the huge crowds expected for the games. The Metra board made that announcement during its meeting Friday.

The board did not say how much equipment might be needed or how much getting extra trains will cost.

Meanwhile, the city is polishing its pitch for the games. "Let friendship shine," was the new slogan introduced Sunday by the Olympic bid committee. It will be used in all ads and videos promoting Chicago's bid. The new slogan replaces "Stir the soul," which has been used since Chicago was named the U.S. candidate city more than one year ago.