Metra trains delayed, skipping stops due to rally crowds - New York News

Metra trains delayed, skipping stops because of crowds heading to rally

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The throngs of people heading downtown for Friday's Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade and rally have stressed Metra's system, resulting in delays and some trains skipping stops into the city because they are unable to get any more passengers onboard.

"All our trains have been extremely crowded all morning," Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

Metra issued a "Blackhawks Parade Alert" that states, "Due to extraordinary ridership resulting from those attending the Blackhawks Parade and Rally, passengers will likely experience delays."

"There have been stations skipped because trains were full and delays due to overcrowding," Gillis said, but those trains that have skipped stations have been followed by additional trains picking up any commuters left behind.

"We are using all the equipment we can use," he said.

Gillis said this situation was not unexpected, and Metra did warn commuters of the affect that the influx of Stanley Cup revelers would have on the system Friday.

Metra said trains on the Milwaukee District/North Line and Milwaukee District/West Line were experiencing delays in order to accommodate passengers.

Union Pacific/Northwest Line Train No. 636, expected to arrive in Chicago at 9:23 a.m., ran express from Barrington to Chicago because of heavy passenger loading, according to Metra. There was an extra train to accommodate passengers making stops between Barrington and Chicago on this line immediately behind Train No. 636.

Rock Island District Train No. 302, which was scheduled to depart Blue Island-Vermont Street at 8:10 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 8:41 a.m., will not operate today because of "ridership capacity," according to Metra.

On the CTA, "the trains have definitely been crowded" heading into downtown, but there have been no major service disruptions because of larger than normal crowds, spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. She reported that "several bus routes [heading downtown] have been more crowded than normal, as well," but otherwise the CTA was experiencing normal operations Friday morning.

Looking to the afternoon rush period, Metra could not say as of Friday morning what that might look like, but "we're monitoring things very closely," Gillis said, and there will be additional trains available as needed. He noted that Friday morning saw large numbers of Blackhawks fans mixed with the regular morning commuters, so it's possible that if the rally ends before the afternoon rush begins and if the crowds headed back home from Grant Park are more spread out, those trains heading out of the city may not be as packed as they were this morning.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:57 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices