Metra announces $84M public transport construction program for 2018

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Metra, a commuter railroad in the Chicago metropolitan area, has announced a list of construction projects planned for 2018.

The $84.8-million construction program includes major projects to replace aging bridges on the UP North and Milwaukee District West lines and construct new track segments on the UP West Line and numerous smaller infrastructure improvement projects distributed across Metra’s 11 lines.

The program include: $5.5 million for station improvements; $20.9 million for track maintenance and improvements; $12 million for bridge projects; $4.5 million for rail crossing replacements; and $39.7 million for signal system upgrades, including $30 million for PTC.

Improvements are planned for 30 of Metra’s 242 stations this year. In addition, Metra is looking to replace approximately 92,000 railroad ties this year, and make improvements to 15 bridges on the Milwaukee District West, Metra Electric and UP North lines.

Meanwhile, Metra plans to improve 21 road crossings system-wide and signal and communications in 2018. The capital program includes $30 million for PTC-related signal and communications projects and another $2 million for signal system upgrades.

The construction schedules will be posted on Metra’s website.

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