Metra to begin tie project on UP-West Line; minor delays expected

CHICAGO (CBS) – Metra riders can anticipate minor delays. Union Pacific Railroad introduced it is going to begin on a serious tie project Wednesday.

The project will change 90,000 ties overlaying a 40-mile stretch of monitor from Chicago’s west aspect to Elburn. Crews will work on all three tracks utilized by the Metra UP-West Line.

“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,” stated Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski. “We understand that any delays can represent an inconvenience for our riders but focusing the work on off-peak hours should minimize these impacts.”

Crews shall be working seven days per week with the vast majority of the work going down throughout in a single day hours into the early morning.

Residents of communities alongside the UP-West Line will hear extra frequent prepare horns throughout these hours, Metra stated. Federal legislation requires trains to sound their horns when getting into a monitor zone, even in a regulated quiet zone.

Metra will implement a building schedule for non-rush hour trains to accommodate journey instances. Rush hour trains may additionally be impacted by the necessity to cut back working speeds by work zones. Track employees and riders are suggested to hear for bulletins all through the project for modifications.

The project is expected to final by the tip of September. Information on the schedule could be discovered on

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