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Signalization – OgdenJunction to CP 518

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North Limit Metro Ln.
South Limit W 41st St.
East Limit I-90/I-94
West Limit S Kedzie Ave.
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Daily Trains Affected

25 freight trains

36 Metra trains (Heritage Corridor & SouthWest Service)

14 Amtrak trains – Michigan Services, Amtrak Capitol Limited, Lakeshore Limited

Communities Benefited:

  • Communities along the Metra SouthWest Service

  • Communities along the Metra Heritage Corridor


This project increased train speeds and added capacity along the NS main lines in the project area. Previously, most trains spent up to one hour to traverse the limits of this project given the hand-thrown switches. With the completion of this project, trains pass through this 5.2-mile segment in as little as 10 minutes. Improved signalization relieves chronic congestion of Metra, Amtrak, and freight trains at Control Point 518 south of Union Station.

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Scope of Work

This project replaced/installed power operated switches and a Traffic Control System (TCS) along the Norfolk Southern main tracks. WA3 signalized and allowed bi-directional movements along the main tracks through Ashland Avenue Yard from 22nd Street to Control Point 518. The project added a passing track alongside the Ashland Avenue Yard.

Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed
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Project Location Map

Project outlines and locations shown above are approximations and do not necessarily represent final design and construction limits.