Some trains were canceled on the Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific North lines this morning because of "manpower issues" and equipment that arrived late, officials said.
Train 310, scheduled to leave Winnetka at 7:01 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:42 a.m., and train 305, scheduled to leave Chicago at 6:22 a.m. and arrive in Winnetka at 6:44 a.m., were both canceled "due to late arrival of equipment from earlier delays," Metra said on its website.
To compensate, inbound train 312, scheduled to depart Winnetka at 7:12 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:51 a.m., accommodated passengers of train 310 and made additional stops at Indian Hill and Kenilworth. Outbound train 307, scheduled to depart Chicago at 6:28 a.m. and arrive at Winnetka at 6:56 a.m., accommodated passengers off train 305.
Train 328, scheduled to depart Waukegan at 7:50 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 9:08 a.m., originated from Winnetka this morning. Passengers between Waukegan and Hubbard Woods were accommodated by train 330, scheduled to depart Kenosha at 7:51 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 9:15 a.m.
On the BNSF line, train 1242, scheduled to depart Aurora at 7:22 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 8:15 a.m., was cancelled "due to manpower issues," Metra said. The agency said it was down an engineer, but as of 8:50 a.m. trains on the BNSF line had resumed normal service.
Just last week, Metra acknowledged that its on-time performance record on the BNSF line in June has been "below our goals and standards."
"Unfortunately, many of them occurred in rush hour, when an issue will affect multiple trains due to the BNSF's frequent service and tight schedule," Metra said in a message posted on its website. It blamed a host of problems: mechanical breakdowns, freight interference, "switch and signal issues," weather and track obstructions.