Railroad Construction Work To Cause Minor Metra Delays, More Horn Noise

The Metra station in Berkeley. | File 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Metra riders in the west suburbs may experience minor delays and residents near the train tracks may hear more frequent train horns due to construction work by the Union Pacific Railroad, Metra officials announced last week. 

In a June 6 statement, Metra said Union Pacific Railroad had announced that it will “embark on a major tie project on the UP-West Line beginning Wednesday, June 8. Metra riders may experience minor delays during the work, which is expected to last through the end of September.” 

In the statement, Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski said that tie replacement “is essential and must be done at regular intervals to maintain track speeds and service levels, especially on a line like the UP-West that sees a significant amount of freight traffic in addition to commuter service. 

“We understand that any delays can represent an inconvenience for our riders but focusing the work on off-peak hours should minimize these impacts,” he said. 

Metra said the project covers 40 miles of track from Chicago’s West Side to Elburn. 

“Union Pacific forces will replace approximately 90,000 ties and will be working on all three tracks used by the Metra UP-West Line,” Metra said. “To complete the work on schedule, UP forces will be working seven days a week with the majority of the work to take place in the overnight hours to early morning.”

Metra said it will implement a work schedule for non-rush hour trains in order to accommodate for how much time is needed to travel through the work zones. 

Riders can find more information about the schedules at metra.com/constructionnotices. Metra said rush hour trains may also be affected by the “need to reduce operating speeds through work zones.” 

Metra said riders should listen to platform announcements throughout the construction project, adding that residents who live along the UP-West Line “may hear more frequent train horns including during the evening and overnight hours. Federal law requires trains to sound their horns when entering a track work zone even if the work takes place in a community that is regulated as a quiet zone.” 

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