On July 16 Metra released changes to the train schedule for the Union Pacific North line. A total of 22 bridges along the line are being rebuilt in a massive construction project that begins next month and is expected to be completed at the end of 2018.
The revised schedule, which goes into effect on August 21 and includes adjusted departure and arrival times, is available for download on Metra’s website.
As previously reported, a new Ravenswood Station will be built as part of the UP-N construction project. At an open house last month residents expressed concerns about the new station being located north of Lawrence Avenue on Ravenswood. Attendees discussed the impact this would have on traffic, parking, and community gardens. Last Friday, the Tribune reported that community concerns prompted a review by Metra in regard to the station location.
“We are reviewing [the location] right now, and no final decision has been made,” said Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis. Meanwhile, Metra will move forward with construction on the west side of the tracks, with the first phase of the project focusing on viaducts and retaining walls.
In regard to when another community forum about the Ravenswood Station will take place, Gillis said, “We haven’t gotten that far yet. There’s nothing scheduled at this point.”
Metra has scheduled three open house meetings to talk about the overall bridge and retaining wall construction project. The next open house is on Thursday, July 29, in the Board Room at Waukegan City Hall (100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Waukegan), from 5?7 p.m.