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Metra will run on a modified schedule Wednesday because of the cold weather. | AP file photo

Amtrak, South Shore trains canceled, Metra on modified schedule through Thursday

SHARE Amtrak, South Shore trains canceled, Metra on modified schedule through Thursday
SHARE Amtrak, South Shore trains canceled, Metra on modified schedule through Thursday

Most Amtrak trains to and from Chicago are canceled, and Metra modified the schedule of most of its lines — including suspending its Metra Electric line — Thursday due to the extreme cold weather.

The South Shore Line, which operates between Chicago and northwest Indiana, is also suspended Thursday due to extreme subzero temperatures, the service said in a statement.

Temperatures were as low as 21 degrees below zero Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Most late night Metra trains will be canceled Thursday, with no trains running after 10:40 p.m.,according to a service alert from Metra.

Metra Electric trains are not running Thursday, Metra said. The CTA is accepting Metra tickets at its Red Line stations and bus routes No. 71, 26, 28, 6, J14, 2 and 1.

Modified schedules for Metra can be found online, and they apply to all lines except the Heritage Corridor.

Metra said the alternate schedules were “designed to provide adequate service for the predicted ridership” and “reduce the use of mechanical equipment and the number of moves through switch points on the railroad, thereby minimizing opportunities for service disruptions.”

Customers are advised to expect longer travel times, as trains will operate with restricted speed when temperatures reach zero degrees or lower, Metra said.

Service to some Amtrak trains will be restored Thursday and most trains will run Friday, according to Amtrak.

On Thursday, all Midwest corridor services to and from Chicago are canceled, including to and from Milwaukee, downstate Illinois and Michigan. Most long-distance services to and from Chicago will resume Thursday, except trains to New York and Boston, Amtrak said.

On Friday, most Amtrak trains will run except some trains to Indiana and Michigan.

Anyone planning to travel should check the status of their train on Amtrak’s website or mobile app, Amtrak said.

Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or on another day, Amtrak said. Additional charges for changes to reservations will be waived.

Service is expected to be restored Friday on Amtrak, Metra and the South Shore Line.

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