Snarls Continue For Metra, Amtrak Riders At Union Station

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Signal problems that halted Amtrak and Metra trains at Union Station Thursday morning will likely continue to cause major delays into the evening commute.

“It is increasingly looking like it’s going to be a very difficult rush,” Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

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A communication issue between Amtrak’s computer system and the signal switches at the station halted all train movement about 8:30 a.m., according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.

All Amtrak trains and Metra BNSF trains were stopped because of the issue, but train movement resumed with extensive delays by 10 a.m.

Magliari said switches continue to be operated manually as of 3 p.m. while crews work to fix the computer system, and train service at the station is still experiencing significant delays.

She said Milwaukee District North and North Central Service riders could consider the Union Pacific North line as an alternate, while Southwest Service and Heritage Corridor riders could use the Rock Island District line to reach the south or southwest suburbs. She recommended the Union Pacific West line as a possible alternative for BNSF riders.

Metra riders should listen to platform announcements for the latest service updates.

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