Metra canceled dozens of trains Tuesday and combined several other inbound and outbound routes on the BNSF and Union Pacific lines as a record-breaking snap continued to wreak havoc on the rail system.
Five outbound trains and nine inbound trains on the BNSF line to and from west suburban Aurora were canceled, according to a service alert posted on Metra’s website for Tuesday. Several other train routes were combined and delayed.
Also, four inbound trains were canceled on each of the the Union Pacific North, Northwest and West lines, the agency reports. At least three other train routes were modified on each line.
"Due to the continued hazardous weather conditions, Metra riders are advised that we will be operating modified schedules for [each of the train lines]," said a statement on Metra’s website.
Commuters were strongly urged to check MetraRail.com for up-to-date travel information.
The schedule changes come a day after Metra, Amtrak and the Chicago Transit Authority dealt with problems caused by the excessive cold.