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Metra to hold open house for UP West Line third track project from West Chicago to Geneva

(September 6, 2017) - 

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and Metra invite the public to an open house on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, regarding the construction of a third mainline track on the UP West Line from Kress Road in West Chicago to Peck Road in Geneva. The open house will allow the public to view exhibits of the planned improvements, talk with project staff and provide comments. The public may attend anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

What:       UP-W Third Mainline Track Project Open House

When:      Thursday, September 21, 2017; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:     Kane County Government Center - Auditorium

          719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva

The UP-W Third Mainline Project will remove a critical bottleneck along the UP West Line where only two tracks currently exist. When the third track is completed, it will provide a variety of benefits to Metra passengers, UP freight operations and local residents by reducing motorist wait times at grade crossings, decreasing commuter and freight train delays, decreasing idling freight trains and enhancing overall safety.

The construction of the third track will occur primarily within UP’s existing right of way. It will include improvements to current at-grade railroad crossings at 3rd Street and Western Avenue in Geneva, along with improvements to Route 31 (1st Street). The project also includes reconstruction of three existing commuter parking lots on the south side of the Geneva Station to accommodate the addition of the third track. The parking deck at the Geneva Station was recently expanded to accommodate this project.

Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2018 and is estimated to take about 19 months to complete. For both the West (West Chicago to Geneva) and East (River Forest to Melrose Park) Sections of the final phase of the project, the total design and construction cost of over $100 million will be jointly funded by UP and Metra through grants received from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The addition of the third mainline track is the fourth and final phase of the overall UP-W Line Improvement Project. Previous phases included safety upgrades, new crossovers so trains can switch tracks and an upgraded rail signal system.

For additional information, please visit the project website:

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Advance notice of at least 72 hours is required.


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