The Chicago Region Environment and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) partners announced that $70 million in federal funds will soon be on the way to Chicago, allowing for a $170 million project to modernize a 2-mile stretch of rail lines that provide a critical connection for freight moving across the Chicago region.
Union Pacific is about to embark on a major tie project over 45 miles of its Metra UP-North Line. The portion of the line receiving the new ties runs from Kenosha and Chicago, and the work will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago will be closed at Kilbourn Avenue for the remainder of the year as part of Metra’s project to replace the bridge over the roadway and rebuild the Grayland Station.
Geneva, Ill., has been waiting for a third rail to be constructed for quite some time, and officials said the project should begin next month.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on a Metra grade crossing accident where a Metra commuter train hit a commercial box truck on May 11 of this year.
The top news stories RT&S reported on the week ending May 27.
If you want anything fixed, you need to fix it yourself.
Metra’s BNSF line will see schedule changes and service increase to nearly pre-pandemic levels.
Metra is the latest agency to receive an American Rescue Plan grant.
Metra is planning a major hiring effort in early January to make sure it has enough personnel for schedule adjustments in the first quarter of 2022.
The top news stories of the week ending Nov. 19.
The Metra Board of Directors last week approved a 2022 operating budget of $900 million and a 2022 capital program of nearly $261 million.
Chicago leaders got together on Nov. 16 to celebrate the completion of a major milestone for the CREATE project.
Metra is working on a key rebuilding and replacement project on the railroad.
BNSF will be working on the railroad this weekend.
Metra will hold a virtual public meeting on Sept. 9 to introduce the next phase of its project to replace 120-year-old bridges along the Union Pacific North Line on the North Side of Chicago.
Dangerous is not always pulled after the expiration date.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) has requested $4,000,000 to continue the work of Metra’s move from an in-town yard in Crystal Lake to a larger facility in Woodstock.
Spring traditionally marks the beginning of construction season across the Chicago region and the Metra system is no exception. Work has already started on Metra’s 2021 construction program and will continue throughout summer and fall.
When federal transportation officials call a railroad crossing “inherently dangerous,” a town or city should take note.