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UP West track project to impact service Nov. 8-Nov. 11

(November 5, 2019) - 

Metra Union Pacific West Line passengers can expect delays of 15 minutes on all trains from 8 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 8 until 5 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 11, while Union Pacific workers place a new third track into service between Melrose Park and River Forest. As a result of the work, trains will not stop at the Maywood Station that weekend; service to the station will resume Monday morning.

Beginning 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Union Pacific employees will begin work on the cutover to the new track. UP West Line trains will not stop at the Maywood Station after 8 p.m. Friday. Service to the station will resume at 5 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 11. Customers who would normally use the Maywood Station on weekends are advised to use either the Melrose Park or River Forest stations. Passengers can expect delays of 15 minutes on all weekend trains. On Friday night, some inbound trains may be delayed up to 20 minutes. When the track is restored Monday, customers may also experience minor delays.

Beginning Friday night and all day Saturday, all trains stopping at the Melrose Park Station, no matter the direction of travel, will board from the south platform. On Sunday, all trains at Melrose Park will board from the north platform. Customers are advised to listen to station announcements to ensure they are on the correct platform. Union Pacific personnel will also be on site to assist passengers.

The addition of 1.8 miles of third track on the UP West Line from its Vale Interlocking Facility in River Forest (just east of the Des Plaines River) to 25th Avenue in Melrose Park is part of the ongoing UP West Line Improvement Project. When finished, the project will add a total of eight miles of third track to the line and allow the 59 passenger trains and 70 freight trains that use the line each weekday to operate simultaneously. 

The work is being done on the weekend to minimize the impact on UP West commuters and the community. Throughout the weekend, including the evening and overnight hours, residents of communities from River Forest to Melrose Park may hear train horns sound as trains pass through the work zone. Federal law requires trains to sound their horns when entering a track work zone even if the work takes place in a community that is regulated as a quiet zone. Motorists are advised that they may experience delays at the First Avenue crossing in Maywood due to partial lane closures and flagging.

Construction schedules can be found here.

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