Normal Service Resumes On Most Amtrak, CTA And Metra Lines

February 01, 2019 - 6:41 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Most trains in Chicago will be resuming normal schedules Friday as the temperature is expected to rise to a high of 20 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, after two days of subzero temperatures that brought many trains and planes to a halt.

Normal service will be restored to almost all Amtrak trains in and out of Chicago.

A temporary closure of some tracks will delay the restoration of service on the route used by Illini and Saluki trains to Carbondale via Champaign and other stops, Amtrak said.

Some trains to and from New Orleans will also be affected by these closures. Southbound trains from New Orleans to Chicago will run Friday, but northbound trains from New Orleans will be out of service Saturday, Amtrak said.

Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or on another day, Amtrak said. Additional charges for changes to reservations will be waived.

The Chicago Transit Authority issued an extreme cold weather advisory that was still in effect for all lines Friday. The advisory urges riders to dress for cold temperatures, wait indoors for trains and buses and allow extra travel time, according to the CTA website.

Metra Electric trains will not run due to damage to the train’s overhead power system caused by the extreme cold and a freight train derailment Wednesday night, Metra said in a statement.

Some riders may be able to use the Rock Island Line as an alternative form of transportation and Metra and Pace will be providing limited shuttle bus services during rush hour in the morning and evening between three pairs of Metra Electric Line and Rock Island Line stations – Richton Park to Tinley Park, 147th Street to Midlothian and Calumet to Oak Forest, Metra said.

Pace will also accept Metra tickets on routes 352 Halsted, 353 River Oaks-Homewood and 359 Robbins/South Kedzie Avenue. The CTA will honor Metra tickets on the Red Line and on bus routes 71, 26, 28, 6, J14, 2 and 1, Metra said.

Regular schedules will resume on all other Metra lines.

The South Shore Line will be suspended, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District announced.

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