Amtrak, South Shore Trains Canceled, Metra On Modified Schedule Through Thursday

January 30, 2019 - 6:25 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Most Amtrak trains to and from Chicago are canceled and Metra will modify the schedule of most of its lines Wednesday and Thursday due to the expected extreme cold weather.

The modified schedules for Metra can be found online. They apply to all lines except the Heritage Corridor.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Metra said the alternate schedules were “designed to provide adequate service for the predicted ridership” and “reduce the use of mechanical equipment and the number of moves through switch points on the railroad, thereby minimizing opportunities for service disruptions.”

Customers are advised to expect longer travel times, as trains will operate with restricted speed when temperatures reach zero degrees or lower, Metra said.

All Amtrak services to and from Chicago on Wednesday have been canceled due to the sub-zero temperatures, according to a service alert sent out by Amtrak Tuesday evening. Only trains that began traveling on Tuesday or earlier will complete their trips to or from Chicago on Wednesday.

All short-distance trains and most long-distance trains will also be canceled Thursday, Amtrak said.

Anyone planning to travel should check the status of their train on the Amtrak website or mobile app, 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 South Shore Line, which operates between Chicago and northwest Indiana, is suspended Wednesday and on a modified schedule on Thursday due to weather conditions, the service said in a statement.

Temperatures will feel as low as 55 degrees below zero on Wednesday, the National Weather Service is forecasting.

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