Signalization – OgdenJunction to CP 518
|W 41st St.
|S Kedzie Ave.
25 freight trains
36 Metra trains (Heritage Corridor & SouthWest Service)
14 Amtrak trains – Michigan Services, Amtrak Capitol Limited, Lakeshore Limited
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.
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.