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The Amtrak signs stay near Union Station and damage the night commute


CHICAGO (WLS) –

On Thursday, computer-related problems in the major Metra caused delays and service disruptions at Union Station and from there, Metra said.

According to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, the communication problem between the Amtrak computer system and the signal switches at the station stopped. All inbound and outbound services initially stopped between Union Station and Western Avenue, affecting the Milwaukee District, Milwaukee District West, BNSF, SouthWest Service, and North Central Service.

According to Metra, a total of 172 trains carrying about 30,000 passengers are expected to depart from Union Station and start at 15:30. until the end of the day – and they can get in and out at the same time.
Trains were moved by manual controls, according to Amtrak spokesman, "due to the automated system communication problem".

WATCH: Amtrak gives an update on Union Station signal problems, train delays

At an afternoon press conference, Metra spokesman said he was "in the mercy of Amtrak."

Trains are so supported that Metra encourages riders not to train at all.

The surge pricing came into effect as a result of Loop's travel sharing applications, as commuters tried to find other ways at home. From Union Station Station to Naperville Metra Station Thursday. However, this trip will cost $ 67 tomorrow, according to Uber.

Commuters who choose to train trains have suggested more alternate lines for riders who have regular trains:

  • The busiest BNSF line in the afternoon and in the evening carries out the load service. Metra suggested UP West Line as an alternative to BNSF riders
  • UP North may be for the Milwaukee North Line and North Central competitors
  • People using the SouthWest and Heritage corridors should take the Rock Island Line into consideration
  • CTA respects Metra on the Orange, Blue, Pink and Green lines, for further indications, because of the signs, Metra tweeted.

    Metra said that Amtrak will provide updates on the timing of signal system recovery as they are received.

    Competitors can monitor service alerts on Twitter and metrarail.com.

    Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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