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Milwaukee District / West Line
Metra Roselle.jpg
A Milwaukee District/West train at Roselle in 2009.
Type Commuter Rail
System Metra
Termini Union Station
Elgin/Big Timber Road
Stations 22
Daily ridership 22,100 (Avg. Weekday 2009)[1]
Owner Metra (Dispatched by CP Rail)
Operator(s) Metra, Canadian Pacific Railway
Line length 39.8
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map

The Milwaukee District / West Line (MD-W) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and the western suburbs. (Metra does not refer to any of its lines by a particular color, but the timetable accents for the Milwaukee District/West line are dark "Arrow Yellow," honoring the Milwaukee Road's Arrow passenger train.[2])

It runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Elgin, Illinois. In April 2013 the public timetable shows 29 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Big Timber Rd.

A new station at Grand Avenue and Cicero Avenue opened on December 11, 2006. It replaced stations in the Hermosa and Cragin neighborhoods.[3]

Metra has long range plans to eventually extend the line to Huntley and Marengo, Illinois, and, in the long term, out to Rockford.[4][5]

The line runs on the Canadian Pacific Railway Elgin Subdivision (Ex-Milwaukee Road line to Omaha).

Station stops[edit]

Station name Location Notes
Union Station Downtown Chicago
Western Avenue East Garfield Park
Hermosa Hermosa Closed in 2006
Grand/Cicero Rush hour Service only
Cragin Belmont Cragin Closed in 2006
Hanson Park Hanson Park Rush Hour Service Only
Galewood Galewood
Mars Chicago Rush Hour Service Only
Mont Clare Chicago
Elmwood Park Elmwood Park
River Grove River Grove
Franklin Park Franklin Park
Mannheim Mannheim Road (U.S. 12/U.S. 45) Rush Hour Service Only
Bensenville Bensenville
Wood Dale Wood Dale
Itasca Itasca
Medinah Medinah
Roselle Roselle
Schaumburg Schaumburg
Hanover Park Hanover Park
Bartlett Bartlett
Spaulding Elgin/Bartlett Closed 1971
National Street Elgin
Big Timber Road Weekdays Only


  1. ^ "Ridership Reports - System Facts". Metra. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Did you know?". On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. 
  3. ^ Metra (2006-12-11). "Metra - Station and Parking Construction Advisories". Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Marengo Extension Commuter Rail Feasibility Study". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Metra Milwaukee District/West Line at Wikimedia Commons