Metra customers who board UP West Line trains in Maywood are advised that starting Tuesday, Oct. 8, inbound trains will board from a new temporary platform west of 5th Avenue, instead of the normal platform east of Fifth Avenue. The outbound platform is not affected.
Union Pacific Railroad and Metra are jointly adding a third track through Maywood, which is now part of a section of the line that becomes a bottleneck because it only has two tracks. The third track is being added on the north side of the existing two tracks. The switch to a temporary platform west of Fifth Avenue is being made so the third track, and a new inbound platform, can be added east of Fifth Avenue. The construction is expected to last until the spring of 2020.
The work also will close Fifth Avenue starting Oct. 8, with an anticipated reopening on Oct. 11. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the tracks at Fifth, but motorists will have to use First Avenue or Ninth Avenue as an alternative.