Metra is canceling service on its Metra Electric Line Friday due to damage to the line’s overhead power system caused by a freight train derailment Wednesday night.
A CN freight train derailed Wednesday night near the Metra Harvey Station on CN tracks that run parallel to the Metra Electric Line. The derailment damaged the structures supporting the wires that provide power to the line as well as two electrical substations that supply power to that section of track.
This is in addition to the damage caused to the overhead wires at multiple points along the line Wednesday by the severe cold. Repairs to that damage continued Thursday.
Some Metra Electric riders may be able to use the Rock Island Line as an alternate Friday. To help riders impacted by this disruption, Metra has arranged with PACE to provide very limited free shuttle bus service during the morning and evening rush hours on Friday between three pairs of Metra Electric Line and Rock Island Line stations:
• Richton Park to Tinley Park (80th Avenue)
• 147th Street (Sibley) to Midlothian
• Calumet to Oak Forest
The schedule for the buses can be found here. Information about weekend service on the line will be announced Friday.
The CTA will also honor Metra tickets on the Red Line and the following bus routes: 71, 26, 28, 6, J14, 2 and 1. PACE will also accept Metra tickets on the following routes: Route 352 Halsted (several Metra Electric stations), Route 353 River Oaks – Homewood (Riverdale Station) and Route 359 Robbins/South Kedzie (Homewood Station).
The regular weekday schedule will resume Friday on all 10 other Metra lines. Modified service remains in effect for Thursday night, and there will be no outbound trains departing Chicago after 10:40 p.m. The last inbound trains are scheduled to arrive downtown Chicago by 10:49 p.m.