Another Day of Transit Delays Due to Cold

What to Know

  • Metra lines are operating under alternate schedules Wednesday and Thursday. Metra Electric District line service was suspended indefinitely
  • Metra advised travelers to allow extra time for travel and expect reduced speeds because of the extreme cold
  • Commuters are advised to continue to monitor Metra's website for updates

With some train lines shut down and significant delays reported on others, commuters had another day of travel woes as record-breaking cold continued in the Chicago area. 

Metra train lines plagued by issues Wednesday continued to experience difficulties as a dangerous deep freeze lingered in across the area.

Service on the Metra Electric District line and the South Shore train line were both suspended for the day. Customers were urged to seek alternate transportation.

All Metra lines were operating under alternate schedules Thursday because of the extreme weather conditions, the agency announced Monday evening. The full schedules can be found on Metra's website here.

Metra advised travelers to allow extra time for travel as temperatures lower than -10 degrees will reduce train speeds to 60 mph.

Amtrak also canceled all Midwest corridor trains to and from Chicago Thursday. Most long-distance service trains were expected to resume for the day, with the exception of the Lake Shore Limited and the Cardinal. 

Significant delays were expected on some Howard-boud Red Line trains Thursday morning after a door problem on a train at 79th Street.

Yellow, Purple Line Express and Howard-bound Red Line trains were all operating with residual delays and congestion due to signal problems at the Howard station during the morning rush hour. Several other minor delays were reported across numerous train lines and busses. 

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