HYDE PARK — Prepare for longer commutes on the Metra Electric Line through October as Metra works on replacing ties on 17 miles of track.
Metra announced Wednesday that $1.5 million in work will start on Monday to replace ties and do resurfacing work between the Kensington/115th Street and University Park stops on the Electric Line.
Crews will be working seven days a week, mostly on weekends and during off-peak times to finish the track update by Oct. 1, according to Metra.
Those headed to Downtown from farther north on the line may also experience some delays as crews replace six switches at the Richton Park Yard and replace rail at Randolph and 18th streets.
Riders are being told to expect delays of up to 10 minutes during construction.
“Projects like these are the foundation of reliable service,” Metra Executive Director and CEO Don Orseno in the announcement said. “Keeping to a regular schedule of track maintenance allows us to continue to provide service at the speeds and levels our customers expect.”
The schedule for trains on the Electric Line during construction is available on Metra’s website.
The work is only on the Electric Line branch to University Park and will not include branches of the line that go to Blue Island and 93rd Street/South Chicago.
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