Metra begins service with new BNSF schedule

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Metra BNSF trains meet at Lisle, Ill. The BNSF line introduces new schedules today.
TRAINS: David Lassen

CHICAGO — New schedules for Metra’s BNSF line, revised to allow for operation with positive train control, take effect today (June 11).

The revised schedules, released in proposed form in March, have been tweaked after comments from more than 2,000 riders on the BNSF, the most-used route in Metra’s system.

The addition of PTC required schedule revisions because programming of the computer systems involved will lengthen the time required to turn trains when they reach the end of the line, or for trains that “flip” mid-route. [See “PTC to trigger schedule changes on Metra’s BNSF line,” Trains News Wire, March 21, 2018.]

As an example of the challenges in revising the schedule, a Chicago Tribune article noted that the proposed schedule would have eliminated stops used by students attending Fenwick High School, a private school in Oak Park, Ill., that offers shuttle service from the line’s Riverside station. A revision addressed that issue.

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