Metra announced today that BNSF Railway will begin a major switch replacement project this weekend that may affect some rush hour trains later this summer.
The BNSF will be replacing 19 switches near its Eola Yard, which is located between the Aurora and Route 59 stations served by Metra trains. The project is set to begin this Saturday, May 21. Metra has posted construction schedules for May 21 through June 26 projecting delays of up to 10 minutes for weekend trains on metrarail.com. Additional construction schedules for weekend and weekday work will be posted throughout the summer.
The switch replacement project is planned for completion by August. While most of the work will occur on weekends to minimize disruption to commuter service, BNSF has advised Metra that it will be required to work on several Fridays throughout the summer. As this work progresses, Metra will issue additional construction schedules with the most up-to-date and correct schedule information and will update the scheduling tools available on metrarail.com. Riders are advised to check the site regularly during June and July for updated schedule information.
“BNSF has planned this work to minimize disruption to our commuter service and we want to provide information that helps our customers plan their travel,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “However, the need to complete this project before beginning a major tie replacement project means that we need to schedule some of the work on Fridays. This represents a temporary inconvenience for our riders but projects like these help keep our rail system at a level of repair that allows us to maintain the service speeds and frequency that our riders rely upon."