This article is about a commuter rail line. For the freight railroad company, see BNSF Railway
The BNSF Railway Line is a Metra commuter rail line operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. In 2010, the BNSF Railway Line continued to have the highest weekday ridership (average 64,600) of the 11 Metra lines. (Metra does not refer to its lines by particular colors, but the timetable accents for the BNSF line are "Cascade Green," like the paint of the Burlington Northern Railroad.) In April 2013, the public timetable showed 47 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 31 run to Aurora.
The east end is Union Station in downtown Chicago. The line traverses Chicago and its western and far western suburbs to Aurora. BNSF Railway operates it under a "purchase of service agreement" with Metra; management and crews are BNSF employees and Metra owns the equipment. The June 2007 timetable shows 70 mph maximum allowed speed for passenger trains.
Metra has studied the feasibility of extending the line beyond Aurora, possibly as far as Plano, Illinois.
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BNSF Railway Line is in Light Green
The railroad between Chicago and Aurora was constructed in 1864 by the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, which later merged into the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The CB&Q operated the commuter service until the railroad became part of the Burlington Northern in 1970. Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1995 and the name of the railroad became Burlington Northern Santa Fe. It later changed its name to the abbreviation, BNSF.
With three tracks, fast and frequent Amtrak and Metra passenger trains, and BNSF freight trains, the line is a favorite of rail fans.
The Clyde station at South Austin Boulevard and West 29th Street in Cicero was closed on April 1, 2007 due to low ridership and its dilapidation. It was then used by about 50 passengers a day.
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