BNSF, Metra to begin tie and surface project along Illinois line

Written by Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor

A major tie replacement and track resurfacing project will get underway during the last two weeks of April on Metra's BNSF Line to Aurora, Ill. Metra said the project is part of an effort to maintain and improve the quality of service.


The project, which will include the replacement of 20,000 ties and the resurfacing of 17 miles of track, is expected to begin April 14. Work will begin near downtown Chicago and proceed west to Hinsdale. Crews will be working six days a week with most of the work occurring during the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. to minimize impact to train service.

“The BNSF Line carries more riders than any other Metra line and is also heavily relied upon by freight traffic moving through the Chicago region,” said Metra CEO Don Orseno. “This project is a part of the regular maintenance necessary to keep our rail lines in the best condition possible. While no one enjoys passing through a construction zone, riders will ultimately enjoy the benefits of a smoother ride and reliable service.”

Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, Class 1, Commuter/Regional, ON Track Maintenance