Amtrak signal problem delays Metra BNSF trains during morning commute

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Signal problems caused delays for Metra BNSF trains at Chicago Union Station on Thursday morning.
TRAINS: David Lassen

CHICAGO — Metra BNSF line trains experienced delays arriving and departing from Union Station on Thursday morning because of Amtrak signal problems, WGN-TV reported.

Delays of 30 to 45 minutes were reported during the morning commute. “Trains must be talked through to proceed safely into the station,” Metra explained on Twitter. “Delays will stack up as trains wait to proceed.”

The signal problems were resolved shortly before 9 a.m., according to WLS-TV, which also quoted Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari as saying Amtrak was investigating the cause of the problem.

The problem, which only affected BNSF trains, was far less extensive that the Feb. 28 signalling “meltdown” which disrupted the evening commute from Union Station. [See “Amtrak CEO says ‘human error’ caused signal problems that snarled traffic at Chicago Union Station,“ Trains News Wire, March 1, 2019.] That incident continues to have repercussions for Amtrak, with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski and Metra’s board of director voicing criticism of Amtrak’s handling of the problem. [See “Rail subcommittee chairman ‘extremely disappointed’ with Amtrak response to Union Station incident,” Trains News Wire, April 5, 2019.]

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