Metra is advising riders that Amtrak is set to begin an extensive 40-day project to rehabilitate the set of switches that serve the south end of Chicago Union Station. Riders who use Metra’s BNSF, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines could experience minor delays.
The Control Point (CP) Harrison project is expected to begin in the early morning hours of July 6 and extend through Labor Day. The majority of construction work will be performed overnight and on weekends.
However, due to the nature of this project, the number of tracks and switching points available to Metra trains using the south end of Chicago Union Station could be limited, which could cause minor delays. It could also result in platform changes for some evening and weekend trains.
CP Harrison is located under the new post office building and handles the majority of train traffic at Chicago Union Station. The project will replace six key switch and turnout points that are used primarily by Metra trains to access Tracks 2 through 14 on the south side of Union Station.
“This project, while it has the potential to create a short-term inconvenience for our passengers, is absolutely essential for safe and reliable service,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “We will be working closely with Amtrak and BNSF to minimize the disruption and keep our riders informed.”