Congressman to hold hearing on Amtrak signal meltdown at Chicago Union Station, other commuter issues

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Rep. Dan Lipinski will hold a hearing Tuesday on the Feb. 28 commuter meltdown at Chicago Union Station as well as "other issues for commuters."

CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) will hold a hearing Tuesday on Amtrak’s technical meltdown that snarled Metra commuter service in February.

The hearing will be held in room 331 of the Metcalfe Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.

Lipinski, who chairs the House Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Rail, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, publicized the hearing on his Twitter account, saying he would question representatives from Amtrak, Metra, and freight railroads “about continued problems with delays, cancellations, schedule changes, and other issues for commuters.”

The Feb. 28 outage of Amtrak’s signaling system at Union Station was blamed on a technician who fell on a circuit board, shorting out communications equipment. [See “Senator says worker’s fall onto circuit board called Union Station signal outage,” Trains News Wire, March 2, 2019.] Lipinski has been highly critical of Amtrak’s handling of the issue, suggesting Metra should be given control of the Amtrak-owned station and its operations.

A smaller-scale signal issue last week at Union Station disrupted service on Metra’s BNSF line, its most-used route. [See “Amtrak signal problem delays Metra BNSF trains during morning commute,” Trains News Wire, April 12, 2019.]

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