Third track construction ready to begin in Chicago suburb

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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A combination of passenger and freight traffic has impacted service in Geneva, Ill.
David C. Lester

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 third track on the Union Pacific/Metra West Line will start at Kress Road in West Chicago and end at Peck Road in Geneva. The 6-mile line will be 20 ft south of existing tracks.

The project actually began in 2008, but there have not been many signs of construction in the area. Metra, a commuter rail line, uses the Union Pacific tracks to serve customers.  

Freight and commuter traffic has caused a tie up for years, and the third track will help alleviate congestion.

A pedestrian gate also will be installed, as well as end-of-platform diversions to move commuters away from the track. A train warning system also will be installed.

The project will take about two to three years to complete. Union Pacific is working on finalizing the contract.

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