13-Mile Rail Project Will Impact Metra West Line Service — Starting Sept. 15.
Metra Union Pacific West Line riders will see alterations to midday and weekend train schedules when a major rail replacement project gets under way Sept. 15.
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Union Pacific forces will replace the rail on nearly 13 miles of track between Kress Road in West Chicago and Elburn (milepost 32.1 to milepost 45). The work will take place on Track Number 1, which regular UP West Line riders would know as the northernmost or “inbound” track. This rail was originally laid in 1980 and has reached the end of its useful life, Metra said in a press release.
Metra said changing the rail will avoid slow orders in the future and ensure the continuation of reliable service for passengers from Elburn, La Fox and Geneva.
“Our goal with our partners at UP is to minimize the inconvenience to our customers; however, replacing rail that is more than 30 years old is essential to our ability to continue to provide safe and reliable service now and into the future,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno.
A construction schedule will be in effect throughout the project with delays of 10 minutes expected for midday trains on weekdays and 15 minutes for trains on weekends. Click here to view the construction schedule.
Due to the nature of the project and the amount of rail traffic in this corridor, trains operating during peak construction periods may experience additional delays, Metra said.
Workers will be deployed seven days a week and plan to limit single-track operations to the weekends. UP will also divert as much freight traffic as possible away from the corridor to reduce interference with passenger service, Metra said.
Throughout the project, riders who board at Elburn, La Fox, Geneva and West Chicago should pay close attention to platform announcements, especially on weekends when trains may be operating on a single track, to ensure that they are on the correct platform. Customers are also advised to check Metra’s website www.metrarail.com for updated service information throughout the project.