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Minor schedule adjustments proposed for Metra's BNSF line

(February 7, 2012) - 
Metra is asking its riders to comment about minor schedule adjustments that it is proposing for its Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line (BNSF) to Aurora.
 
Only certain trains on the BNSF line would see modifications. In most cases, the proposal adjusts a train’s departure times from certain stops or its running times between stations or overall by two to five minutes. The adjustments will affect both weekday and weekend trains with most of the proposed schedule adjustments affecting non-peak and weekend trains. The changes are designed to make the schedules more accurate and/or to minimize conflicts with other trains.
 
The most significant of proposed changes for weekday riders will be to afternoon outbound trains 1241, 1245 and 1247.  Under the proposed change, Train 1241 will depart Chicago Union Station 2 minutes earlier than the current schedule and arrive in Aurora two minutes later. This change is intended to minimize delays to express trains that follow this local service.
 
The proposed schedule calls for Train 1245 to terminate its run at Fairview Avenue. Train 1247 will add a stop at Fairview Avenue to allow passengers transferring from 1245 to board and continue their trip to outlying stations. The changes to these two trains’ schedules will increase operational efficiency of the weekday afternoon rush hour service.
 
The proposed new schedules can be viewed here. Comments about the adjustments can be made via the online comment form (click on the “Contact Us” link from the homepage), by sending an email to onthebilevel@metrarr.com or by calling Metra’s Customer Service number on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 312-322-6777 (Press 7 to talk to a Metra representative).
 
Comments will be accepted until Feb. 21. A final decision about the proposed changes will be made after all comments have been reviewed.
 
Earlier this year, Metra made similar adjustments to the Union Pacific North and Union Pacific West Line schedules.
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