Minor changes to UP-NW and UP-W schedules on May 30

Publication Date
Friday, May 19, 2023

Metra is making adjustments to its schedules on the UP Northwest and UP West lines beginning Tuesday, May 30. The changes are being made to better match actual operating conditions and create service patterns that provide riders with more options. Customers can review the new schedules here.

The last schedule change went into effect April 3 on the UP Northwest Line and Dec. 5, 2022, on the UP West Line. With the revised schedules on the UP Northwest adding more trips on this line than ever before, Metra is adjusting its schedule to mitigate conflicts that have been affecting on-time-performance. Changes are also being made to platform assignments at some stops on the UP Northwest, and on the UP West, some trains will add stops to provide riders with more options. A list of the affected trains follows, but riders are advised to consult the proposed schedules here.

UP Northwest Line Changes as of May 30
Schedule Changes
•    Inbound Trains 618, 632, 658, 662 will now all depart Des Plaines 5 to 6 mins later (on the :07s)
•    Train 651 will now depart Chicago at 5:07 p.m. (2 minutes later than the current schedule)
•    Train 653 will now depart Chicago at 5:05 p.m. (2 minutes earlier than the current schedule)
•    Train 647 will now arrive at Harvard 6 minutes later at 6:23 p.m.
•    Train 706 will now always stop at Irving Park on weekends, not just during Cubs home games

Track/Platform Changes
•    Trains 620, 622, 624, 634, 636 will no longer use the center track platform from Palatine to Cumberland
•    Trains 639, 651 will now use the center track platforms for boarding from Jefferson Park through Des Plaines
•    Train 643 and 657 will no longer use the center track platform for boarding at Clybourn and Des Plaines

UP West Line Changes as of May 30
•    Train 13 has added stops at Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and West Chicago
•    Train 15 will now terminate its run at La Fox
•    Trains 43 and 47 have added stops at Villa Park and Geneva
•    Train 49 will now arrive in Elburn 5 minutes later at 6:30 p.m.
•    All trains departing or arriving, Chicago at 7:40 p.m. or later will now stop at both Melrose Park and Maywood.

“Metra’s goal is to provide convenient and reliable service,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “We will continue to monitor performance along our all Metra lines and make adjustments to our schedules when necessary.”

UP-NW and UP-W riders are advised to review the new schedules here. Metra will monitor customer feedback and operating conditions and make additional schedule adjustments as needed to meet riders’ needs.

A version of this release in Spanish can be found here.