Update: Metra’s BNSF service resumes after hazmat incident

October 12, 2015

Metra has restored service to the BNSF line after it was shut down for several hours Monday during a hazard material investigation in Brookfield.

Though the service had resumed, the shutdown was expected to have an impact on rush-hour commuters who earlier were told to avoid Union Station and seek other transportation options.Website Insert Start Here copy

 The shutdown did impact fans who planned to use the BNSF line to get to Wrigley Field for the Cubs-Cardinals National League Division Series game.

Metra officials had suspended service on the BNSF line earlier in the afternoon until further notice.

Metra was urging riders to consider “utilizing alternate transportation, such as the Union Pacific West, Milwaukee West and Rock Island District.”

Detailed information about the hazard material incident was not available.

“The contents did not come from our trains,” said BNSF cpokesperson Andy Williams. “We stopped train traffic to assist law enforcement and first responders at the scene.”

Several streets were closed in the western suburb, including a section of Maple Avenue north of Ogden Avenue and beyond the BNSF tracks.

Read the full story by Chicago Tribune reporter Joseph Ruzich by clicking here.


An earlier story appears below:

BNSF METRA Trains Suspended Near Congress Park in Chicago

Metra trains were halted on the BNSF Railway near Congress Park in Brookfield Monday afternoon due to potentially hazardous material near the tracks.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

Metra and the BNSF Railway said it was not clear how long trains would be delayed, but BNSF Railway riders were advised to use alternate transportation, such as the Union Pacific West, Milwaukee West and Rock Island District.

BNSF riders were told to avoid Chicago Union Station, according to an alert on Metra’s website.

All other lines to and from Chicago Union Station were operating normally, but could experience overcrowding due to the delays.

5 NBC Chicago has the full story by clicking here.

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