The Info List - BNSF Railway Line

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The BNSF Railway Line is a Metra commuter rail line operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. In 2010, the BNSF Railway Line continued to have the highest weekday ridership (average 64,600) of the 11 Metra lines.[2] (Metra does not refer to its lines by particular colors, but the timetable accents for the BNSF line are "Cascade Green," like the paint of the Burlington Northern Railroad.[3]) In July 2017, the public timetable (published October 9, 2016)[4] showed 47 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 31 run to Aurora. Of the 16 trains that do not reach Aurora, 5 terminate at Route 59, 1 at Naperville, 1 at Downers Grove-Main St., 5 at Fairview Avenue, 3 at Westmont, and 1 at Brookfield. The public timetable (published October 9, 2016)[4] also showed 47 trains arriving in Chicago each weekday, of which 29 start in Aurora. Of the 18 trains that do not start in Aurora, 6 start at Lisle, 1 at Downers Grove-Main St., 7 at Fairview Avenue, 1 at Highlands, and 3 at Brookfield. The east end is Union Station in downtown Chicago. The line traverses Chicago and its western and far western suburbs to Aurora. BNSF Railway operates it under a "purchase of service agreement" with Metra; management and crews are BNSF employees and Metra owns the equipment. Metra trains on the BNSF line are dispatched by BNSF from Fort Worth, Texas (BNSF is also headquartered there.) The June 2007 timetable shows a 70 mph maximum allowed speed for passenger trains. Metra has studied the feasibility of extending the line beyond Aurora, possibly as far as Plano, Illinois.[5]


1 History 2 Rolling stock 3 Stations 4 References 5 External links


BNSF Railway Line is in Cascade Green

The railroad between Chicago and Aurora was constructed in 1864 by the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, which later merged into the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The CB&Q operated the commuter service until the railroad became part of the Burlington Northern in 1970. Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1995 and the name of the railroad became Burlington Northern Santa Fe. It later changed its name to the abbreviation, BNSF. With three tracks, fast and frequent Amtrak and Metra passenger trains, and BNSF freight trains, the line nicknamed the "race track" is a favorite of rail fans.[6] The Clyde station at South Austin Boulevard and West 29th Street in Cicero was closed on April 1, 2007 due to low ridership and its dilapidation. In the months before its closure, it was used by about 50 passengers a day.[7] Rolling stock[edit] The BNSF Railway's locomotive fleet consists mainly of the EMD F40PHM-2, with some EMD F40PH locomotives. Until 2012, MPI MP36PH-3S locomotives also operated on the line, however, they were all reassigned to the Milwaukee lines, the North Central Service and the Rock Island District due to operating difficulties. Rail cars include coaches from Budd, Morrison-Knudsen/Amerail, and Nippon Sharyo. Stations[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes

A Union Station Chicago Cook Connections: Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North, Milwaukee District/West, North Central Service, Heritage Corridor, and SouthWest Service Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Line Express (at Quincy) CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)

Halsted Street Rush hour service only Connections: CTA buses: 8 Halsted, 18 16th/18th, and N62 Archer

Western Avenue Connections: CTA "L" trains: Pink Line (at Western) CTA buses: 18 16th/18th, 49 Western, and X49 Western Express

B Cicero Cicero Connections: CTA buses: 35 31st/35th, 54 Cicero, 54B South Cicero, and 60 Blue Island/26th

Morton Park Closed between 1938 and 1957

Clyde Closed April 1, 2007

LaVergne Berwyn Rush hour service only Connections: Pace buses: 302 Ogden/Stanley and 315 Austin/Ridgeland

Berwyn Connections: Pace buses: 302 Ogden / Stanley and 311 Oak Park Avenue

Harlem Avenue Connections: Pace buses: 302 Ogden / Stanley and 307 Harlem

C Riverside Riverside

Hollywood (Zoo Stop) Brookfield Points of interest: Brookfield Zoo Connections: Pace buses: 304 Cicero - LaGrange and 331 Cumberland - 5th Avenue

Brookfield Connections: Pace buses: 331 Cumberland - 5th Avenue

Congress Park Rush hour service only Connections: Pace buses: 302 Ogden/Stanley and 331 Cumberland - 5th Avenue

La Grange La Grange Connections: Amtrak trains: Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg Pace buses: 302 Ogden/Stanley, 304 Cicero - LaGrange, and 330 Mannheim - LaGrange Roads

Stone Avenue

D Western Springs Western Springs Connections: Pace buses: 669 Western Springs – Indian Head Park

Highlands Hinsdale DuPage Rush hour service only

Hinsdale Points of interest: Downtown Hinsdale Historic District Connections: Pace buses: 668 Burr Ridge-Hinsdale Feeder

West Hinsdale Rush hour service only

Clarendon Hills Clarendon Hills Connections: Pace buses: 663 Darien-Clarendon Hills and 664 Willowbrook-Clarendon Hills

Westmont Westmont Connections: Pace buses: 661 Southwest Westmont Feeder, 662 South Central Westmont Feeder, 665 Darien–Westmont, and 715 Central DuPage

E Fairview Avenue Downers Grove

Downers Grove Main Street Connections: Pace buses: 461 North Downers Grove, 462 Southwest Downers Grove, 463 Southeast Downers Grove, and 834 Joliet/Downers Grove

Belmont Connections: Pace buses: 821 Woodridge-Belmont Feeder Grove Commuter Shuttle: West Route

Lisle Lisle Connections: Pace buses: 820 University Heights-Hobson Creek-Lisle, 822 Woodridge-Lisle Feeder, 824 East Bolingbrook-Lisle Feeder, 825 Central Bolingbrook-Lisle Feeder, 826 South Lisle, 827 Green Trails-Steeple Run, 828 North Lisle, and 829 Lisle-Naperville Office Corridor

F Naperville Naperville Connections: Amtrak trains: Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, California Zephyr, and Southwest Chief Pace buses: 530 West Galena–Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley Center–Naperville, 676 Cress Creek, 677 Naperville–West Glens, 678 Naperville–Carriage Hill, 680 Naperville–Knoch Knolls, 681 Naperville–Saybrook, 682 Naperville–Brookdale, 683 Naperville–Ashbury, 684 Naperville–Maplebrook, 685 Naperville–West Wind Estates, 686 Naperville–Old Farm, 687 Naperville–Farmstead, 688 Naperville–Huntington, 689 Naperville–Hobson Village, 714 College of DuPage–Naperville–Wheaton Connector, and 781 North Naperville Office Complexes Burlington Trailways: Chicago–Davenport

G Route 59 Aurora Connections: Pace buses: 534 Fox Valley Villages/Route 59 Metra Station, 672 95th St. Park & Ride Express, 673 Fort Hill Express, and 675 Route 59 Express Greyhound Lines: Chicago–Davenport

Eola Eola Closed to passengers prior to 1971, closed entirely later

H Aurora Transportation Center Aurora Kane Connections: Pace buses: 521 East Circulator, 524 West Circulator, 528 Aurora Transportation Center/Rush-Copley Medical Center, 529 Randall Road/5th Street, 530 West Galena/Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley Center, 532 Illinois Avenue, 533 Molitor, 802 Aurora/St. Charles, and 907 Oswego/Aurora Metra Shuttle


^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Retrieved 2017-10-07.  ^ "Ridership Reports -System Facts". Metra. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2012.  ^ "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 2, 2010.  ^ a b "BNSF Railway Full Timetable" (PDF). Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. Retrieved 2017-07-04.  ^ "A step closer on local Metra station". Oswego Ledger-Sentinel. March 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.  ^ Mann, Leslie (23 March 2011). "When that lonesome whistle blows, rail fans know where to line up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 May 2013.  ^ Ruzich, Joseph (21 February 2007). "Cicero's Metra stop to receive makeover". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

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Stations and terminals

Chicago Union Station LaSalle Street Station Millennium Station Ogilvie Transportation Center

Rolling stock

EMD F40C EMD F40PH F59PH MPI MP36PH-3S Gallery car Highliner Car 553

Accidents and incidents

1972 Chicago commuter rail crash 1995 Fox River Grove bus