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Posted on: May 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Metra Releases Final Revised BNSF Schedule

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: May 10, 2018

This week, Metra released a final new BNSF Line schedule, which was revised due to changes resulting from the new Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system. In creating the revision, Metra considered the comments of more than 2,000 people who emailed the agency about the initial proposed schedule, which was unveiled in March.

The new schedule will take effect June 11.  

“We want to thank BNSF riders for providing us with feedback about our proposed schedule,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “While we could not accommodate everyone who commented and made suggestions, we were able to make some modifications based on the input we received.”

Changes that were made to the proposed schedule include new departure and arrival times for certain trains, and added or removed stops for certain trains, mostly to address gaps in service or to provide more options at particular stations. Also, some trains were renumbered.  There were no changes made to weekend trains at this time.

The BNSF Line between Aurora and Chicago Union Station will be the first Metra line to have the PTC safety system fully operational.  PTC is a federally mandated safety system that will automatically stop a train if the engineer fails to obey a signal or exceeds the speed limit. The system integrates GPS, trackside sensors and communications units, onboard computers, and Metra’s centralized train dispatching system. PTC increases safety by preventing train-to-train collisions, unauthorized entry into work zones, and derailments due to speeding or moving through misaligned track switches.

To view the new BNSF schedule, please visit  Copies of the final new schedule will soon be available on trains and at Chicago Union Station.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director

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