Track services

Railroad project causes delays to Metra commuters

Wheaton officials say Metra riders should expect minor delays during a railroad project along the Union Pacific West line.

Starting Wednesday, the Union Pacific Railroad is set to begin a major maintenance project covering a 40-mile stretch of track on the west side from Chicago to Elburn, including the portion that runs through Wheaton.

Union Pacific forces will replace approximately 90,000 railroad ties and work on the three tracks used by the Metra UP-West line. Construction is expected to last until the end of September.

Crews will work seven days a week and much of the work will take place from night to early morning.

Residents of communities along the UP-West line may hear more frequent train horns, including in the evening and at night, according to a Metra advisory.

Federal law requires trains to honk their horns when entering a track work zone, even in areas designated as a quiet zone.

Metra will use a construction schedule for trains during off-peak hours to account for the time needed to pass through work zones. Rush-hour trains may also be impacted. Schedule details are available at