FOIA - Metra - Metra Security Camera System

J Ader filed this request with the Chicago Metra of Chicago, IL.
Tracking #

19-FOIA-357

Status
Completed

Communications

From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

During the August 19th Wheaton City Council Proceedings, the 9th item on the agenda was titled "Adopt Resolution R-2019-78, A Resolution Approving and Authorizing the Execution of an Intergovernmental Funding Agreement Between the City of Wheaton and Metra for the Installation of a Security Camera System at the Wheaton Metra Commuter Train Station Located at 402 W. Front Street". It was made clear that this resolution was to proceed and would be a joint venture between Metra and the City of Wheaton (see: https://www.wheaton.il.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08192019-1230 ).

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

- A copy of the full contract and agreement between Metra and the City of Wheaton pertaining to the aforementioned Security Camera System.

- Any emails between the employees of the Metra and the Wheaton Police regarding the aforementioned Security Camera System.

- Any purchase requests, MOUs, spec sheets, server configuration(s), and/or data retention configuration(s)/policies pertaining to the aforementioned Security Camera System.

- Any internal (within agency) or external presentations (PDFs, slides, recordings, etc) regarding the aforementioned Security Camera System.

- A list of all agencies with access to footage from the aforementioned Security Camera System.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

J Ader

From: Chicago Metra

Dear J Ader:

Metra's FOIA Department has received your request and is processing it in accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. Thank you.

Freedom of Information Officer
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

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From: Chicago Metra

Dear J Ader:

Upon further review, Metra's FOIA Department has determined your request is for commercial purposes under the FOIA, unless you can demonstrate that it is not. Please be advised that this only allows us more time to respond to your request (21 business days) and in no way infringes on your rights within the FOIA. Your current response due date is January 6, 2020. Please note that Metra will strive to provide your documents ahead of the scheduled due date. Thank you.
Thank you.

Freedom of Information Officer
[Metra_Logo_Blue_CMYK]

Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn | metrarail.com

From: J Ader

Freedom of Information Officer,

This is not a commercial request. I am a member of a registered 501c3 Non-For Profit titled Lucy Parsons Labs (see https://lucyparsonslabs.com/support/). We frequently submit FOIA requests in order to promote government transparency and in relation to a myriad of privacy-conscious matters. Thus I am making this request as a member of a non-business entity, in the intent of aiding the public's "right to know", and without any profit interest or intent to seek commercial ends. These factors should qualify this request as one made for non-commercial purposes.

Please let me know if you would like to further discuss and I will be happy to do so.

Regards,
J. Ader

From: Chicago Metra

Dear J. Ader:

Metra's FOIA Department has reviewed your email below and as noted in our December 6, 2019 email to you, it has been determined that your request from MuckRock is for commercial purposes under the FOIA. Please be advised that this only allows us more time to respond to your request (21 business days) and in no way infringes on your rights within the FOIA. Your current response due date is January 6, 2020. Please note that Metra will strive to provide your documents ahead of the scheduled due date. Thank you.

Freedom of Information Officer
[Metra_Logo_Blue_CMYK]

Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn | metrarail.com

From: Chicago Metra

Dear Mr. Ader:

Metra's FOIA Department (the "FOIA Department") is contacting you regarding your FOIA request, a Response to which is due today. While the FOIA Department always strives to provide requested information in an expedient manner, Section 3.1(b) of the FOIA requires a public body to give "priority to records requested for non-commercial purposes." 5 ILCS 140/3.1(b). As such, the FOIA Department is extending the due date of your commercial request to February 4, 2020. Please be advised, the FOIA Department will strive to provide your documents ahead of the new, scheduled due date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thank you,
Freedom of Information Officer
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MetraRail/> | Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/Metra> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/metra> | Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/metrarail/?hl=en> | LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/company/metra>

From: Chicago Metra

Dear Mr. Ader:

Metra's FOIA Department (the "FOIA Department") is contacting you regarding your FOIA request, a Response to which is due today. While the FOIA Department always strives to provide requested information in an expedient manner, Section 3.1(b) of the FOIA requires a public body to give "priority to records requested for non-commercial purposes." 5 ILCS 140/3.1(b). We are processing a large number of non-commercial requests and as such, the FOIA Department is extending the due date of your commercial request to March 3, 2020. Please be advised, the FOIA Department will strive to provide your documents ahead of the new, scheduled due date. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Thank you,
Freedom of Information Officer
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MetraRail/> | Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/Metra> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/metra> | Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/metrarail/?hl=en> | LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/company/metra>

From: Chicago Metra

Dear Mr. Ader:

Metra's FOIA Department (the "FOIA Department") is contacting you regarding your FOIA request, a Response to which is due today. While the FOIA Department always strives to provide requested information in an expedient manner, Section 3.1(b) of the FOIA requires a public body to give "priority to records requested for non-commercial purposes." 5 ILCS 140/3.1(b). We are still processing a large number of non-commercial requests and as such, the FOIA Department is extending the due date of your commercial request to March 31, 2020. Please be advised, the FOIA Department will strive to provide your documents ahead of the new, scheduled due date. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Officer
[cid:image001.jpg@01D448DB.4101C620]
Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates nearly 700 weekday trains, providing nearly 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MetraRail/> | Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/Metra> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/metra> | Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/metrarail/?hl=en> | LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/company/metra>

From: Chicago Metra

Dear J. Ader:

Attached below is a link to Metra’s response to your above-mentioned request for records. Access to your records will expire on the date noted below. Thank you.

Freedom of Information Officer
Metra

Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 241 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates more than 700 weekday trains, providing about 290,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Connect with Metra: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn | metrarail.com

Documents per your FOIA request are now available for download. The link to transfer your file(s) will expire on Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:00 AM

https://foiaftp.metrarr.com/?ShareToken=4F63E16D696A6D22A5FDD628994E818DD3FC1EB2

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