Metra UP West

Project Benefits

More Efficient Service

  • 50% reduction in passenger and freight train delays on the UP-West Line
  • Improvement in Metra’s on-time performance on the UP-West Line
  • Reduced congestion and improved traffic flow on the roads and the rail line
  • 11% reduction in grade crossing gate downtime on the UP-West Line

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduced vehicle and locomotive emissions
  • Greater fuel efficiency, allowing trains to travel farther on less fuel
  • Less engine idling in communities along the UP-West Line

State-of-the-Art Public Safety Features

  • An enhanced train warning system
  • New pedestrian paths to safely guide commuters away from the tracks
  • Additional pedestrian gates and fences to improve the separation between pedestrians and the tracks