Power outage delays resolved at Union Station

  • Metra officials report morning delays on the BNSF Line are resolved.

    Metra officials report morning delays on the BNSF Line are resolved. Paul Valade/Daily Herald file photo

Updated 4/11/2019 1:12 PM

Metra service is back to normal for BNSF riders using Union Station after a frustrating morning rush hour Thursday.

BNSF trains in and out of Union Station halted just before 8 a.m. following a power outage.


"The longest delays were in the range of 40 minutes," Metra spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile said in late morning. "Train 1260 is currently out there delayed up to 24 minutes but the cause is a combo of catching up from the signal issues and a separate mechanical problem."

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the commercial power outage lasted about 10 minutes. Amtrak owns Union Station and operates the tracks and signals in its vicinity.

The glitch Thursday comes after a frustrating winter for passengers on BNSF, North Central Service, Milwaukee District and other lines using Union Station.

In late February, an Amtrak worker upgrading servers fell onto a circuit board, causing massive delays for Metra commuters because the accident crashed the automatic dispatch system.

Amtrak officials apologized for the error and promised a number of changes in the wake of the outage, but commuters were not reimbursed for the trouble. Congressional leaders have sought greater scrutiny of Amtrak operations in the aftermath.

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