Today's Service Alerts

Union Pacific / West Line

This morning, a fire caused by an electrical short resulted in extensive damage to a facility that controls all the switches and signals in the vicinity of 25th Avenue between the Melrose Park and Berkeley Stations. The facility, which can be compared to a nerve center controlling all trains in the area, must be reconstructed and then must undergo extensive testing for safety reasons, a process which Union Pacific Railroad expects will take until midday on Thursday. Thousands of wires will need to be replaced.

Crews will be working around-the-clock for the next 48 hours to fix these problems and Union Pacific is currently working to reroute freight traffic to minimize interference with commuter trains in the area.

However, until the facility becomes operational again, all UP West Line trains, including 60 Metra commuter trains and all freight traffic, must stop, get permission to proceed and then travel at restricted speeds through the two-mile area.

This means that while most inbound and outbound trains are expected to depart on time, they could incur delays of up to 30 minutes en route from now through the afternoon rush hour on Thursday, Feb. 11. Departures later in the rush will be delayed because the train sets used in those trips will have been slowed passing through the affected area during earlier rush-hour trips.


Metra and Union Pacific are urging our customers to plan accordingly and make other travel plans or take earlier trains in order to reach their destinations on time.

Metra will provide the most up-to-date information as it becomes available via our email alerts, UP West Line Twitter feed and

Metra and Union Pacific sincerely apologize for these delays and changes. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to restore normal service as soon as possible.

Posted: 02/09/2016 03:02 PM

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