Metra is extending its cancellation of Metra Electric Line service through Saturday as the agency continues to repair damage caused by a freight train derailment.
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 Friday.
Some Metra Electric riders may be able to use the Rock Island Line as an alternate Saturday. The CTA will also honor Metra tickets on the Red Line and the following bus routes: 71, 28, 6 and J14. 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).
Metra will announce information about Sunday service on Saturday.