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.