Union Pacific / Northwest Line

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Union Pacific / Northwest Line
METX 142 in Norwood Park on the UP Harvard Subdivision.jpg
A Union Pacific / Northwest Line train led by an EMD F40PH in Norwood Park, Illinois
Service type Commuter Rail
Locale Cook, Lake and McHenry counties, Illinois
Current operator(s)
Ridership 42,900 (Avg. Weekday 2009)[1]
Start Ogilvie Transportation Center
Stops 23
End Harvard, McHenry
Line used
Track owner(s) Union Pacific Railroad

The Union Pacific / Northwest Line (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. While Metra does not refer to any of its lines by colors, the timetable accents for the Union Pacific/Northwest line are bright "Viking Yellow," honoring the Chicago & North Western Railway's Viking passenger train.[2]

The line runs from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago to endpoints in McHenry, Illinois and Harvard, Illinois, with the McHenry branch served only during weekday rush periods. Overall, this is Metra's longest route and one of three lines with branches.

As of April 2013, the public timetable indicated 33 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, with 11 terminating at Harvard, 14 at Crystal Lake, and three at McHenry.

The line has many riders from southern Wisconsin due to its proximity to places like Madison and Janesville. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has funded studies on extending the line from Harvard to into Janesville, with potential stops along the way.[3] This line is also used by a handful of commuters from the Rockford area.[4] There has been talk of rebuilding the KD Line from Rockford to Harvard.[citation needed]

Station stops[edit]

Union Pacific/Northwest Line trains make the following station stops:

McHenry Branch after Pingree Road


External links[edit]

Media related to Metra Union Pacific/Northwest Line at Wikimedia Commons