Metra will provide busing for Elgin passengers Saturday, Sept. 14 in order to place its new bridge across the Fox River into service.
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, Metra Milwaukee District West Line passengers needing to board from or travel to the Elgin or National Street stations will be bused. The busing will affect inbound Milwaukee District West Line train numbers 2706 through 2720 and outbound train numbers 2701 through 2719.
For inbound customers, buses will depart from the stations at train departure times and travel to the Gifford Road rail crossing in Elgin, where passengers will board inbound trains. Outbound passengers will get off the train at Gifford Road and then board buses to either Elgin or National Street. Passengers can also avoid busing by using the Bartlett Station on Sept. 14.
Metra is in the process of replacing a 138-year-old single-track bridge across the Fox River with a double-track bridge. The first of the two tracks has been completed and rail traffic must be diverted to the new track so that the old bridge can be demolished. Workers need to take the track out of service for eight hours on Sept. 14 to finalize track and signal connections to the new bridge.
In addition to Saturday’s planned busing, Milwaukee District West Line trains will be operating on a 10 minute construction schedule on both Saturday and Sunday to further accommodate the bridge project. Due the busing, inbound trains 2706 through 2720 may operate up to 20 minutes behind schedule. Outbound trains are expected to operate on schedule as far as Bartlett. However, passengers traveling to their final destinations in Elgin by bus may also experience delays of up to 20 minutes.
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