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On May 18, Metra will add service to its Electric Line in Chicago in order to complete positive train control (PTC) implementation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electric Line has been running on a reduced schedule. Now, Metra will operate the line at about 74 percent of normal weekday service.
Running the fuller scheduler will enable Metra to test its PTC equipment under normal operations conditions, troubleshoot any issues, and train additional engineers and other personnel, agency officials said in a press release.
“We can’t wait for ridership to return to normal because we don’t know when that will happen and we don’t want to cut it too close to our end-of-the-year deadline [for PTC implementation],” said Metra Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Jim Derwinski.
Once PTC is fully implemented on the Electric Line, Metra will move onto implementation on the Milwaukee District lines, Derwinski said.