Metra bridge project to impact service to Chicago suburbs

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Metra has announced that the start of construction of a pedestrian bridge at 41st Street will temporarily close six of its Metra Electric Line stations while work is underway.

The work is set to begin Saturday night, Nov. 3, through early morning of Sunday, Nov. 4, Metra said.

The Metra Electric District is an electrified commuter rail line owned and operated by Metra. The line connects Millennium Station, located in downtown Chicago, with the city’s southern suburbs.

The upcoming project will also force the commuter rail line’s cancellation of two late night and two early morning Metra Electric South Chicago Branch trains.

The upcoming service closure will allow the city of Chicago to remove a metal support beam from the 41st Street Bridge that runs east to west above Metra tracks.

While work is underway, the electricity to the overhead wires that power the Metra Electric Line trains must be shut off. During the closure, Metra Electric and South Shore customers will be bused between Millennium Station and 51st Street, officials said.

The impacted trains include Metra Electric Line trains 838 and 839 and South Shore trains 9510 and 9601. Inbound Metra and South Shore passengers will travel to 51st Street and then board designated Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses, Metra said.

Outbound passengers from Millennium Station will board designated CTA buses at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street and travel to 51st Street, where they will be able to board an outbound train to continue their commute. Metra said it will have personnel available on site to direct passengers.

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