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Milwaukee District / West Line
Metra Roselle.jpg
A Milwaukee District/West train at Roselle in 2009.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
SystemMetra
TerminiUnion Station
Elgin/Big Timber Road
Stations22
Daily ridership22,100 (Avg. Weekday 2009)[1]
Operation
OwnerMetra (Dispatched by CP Rail)
Operator(s)Metra, Canadian Pacific Railway
Technical
Line length40 mi (64 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map
39.8 mi
64.1 km
Big Timber Road
36.6 mi
58.9 km
Elgin
36.0 mi
57.9 km
National Street
Fox River
Spaulding
30.1 mi
48.4 km
Bartlett
28.4 mi
45.7 km
Hanover Park
26.5 mi
42.6 km
Schaumburg
23.9 mi
38.5 km
Roselle
23.0 mi
37 km
Medinah
21.0 mi
33.8 km
Itasca
Salt Creek
19.1 mi
30.7 km
Wood Dale
17.2 mi
27.7 km
Bensenville
14.0 mi
22.5 km
Mannheim
13.2 mi
21.2 km
Franklin Park
NCS to Antioch
Des Plaines River
11.4 mi
18.3 km
River Grove
10.2 mi
16.4 km
Elmwood Park
9.5 mi
15.3 km
Mont Clare
9.1 mi
14.6 km
Mars
8.6 mi
13.8 km
Galewood
7.7 mi
12.4 km
Hanson Park
7.0 mi
11.3 km
Cragin
6.5 mi
10.5 km
Grand/Cicero
5.9 mi
9.5 km
Hermosa
MD-N Amtrak
Coach Yard
2.9 mi
4.7 km
Western Avenue
2.9 mi
4.7 km
UP-W
Chicago "L"
Northwest branch
UP-N UP-NW
0 mi Union Station Amtrak
BNSF to Aurora
HC to Joliet
SWS to Manhattan

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 Road. Of the 7 trains that do not run through to Big Timber Road, 3 terminate at Elgin, 2 at Franklin Park, 1 at Bartlett, and 1 at National Street. All weekend trains terminate at Elgin; Big Timber Road does not have weekend service.

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] Another proposal recommends extending the line to Pingree Grove and Hampshire, Illinois on the Milwaukee road's own tracks.

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

Rolling stock[edit]

The MD-W line's locomotive fleet consists of mainly MPI MP36PH-3S diesel-electric locomotives, with some EMD F40PH locomotives. The line also operates ex-GO Transit EMD F59PH locomotives. The fleet is pooled with the fleets for the North Central Service and the Milwaukee District/North Line. As of 2016, three of these locomotives are in operation.

Coaches, or passenger railcars, consist mostly of Nippon Sharyo railcars built in the early 2000s. Cab cars are Nippon Sharyo built. Budd-built railcars also operate on the line, but the cab cars built by Budd have not been in use since the delivery of the newer railcars.

Stations[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
H Big Timber Road Elgin Kane Weekday service only
Elgin Points of interest:

Fox River Trolley Museum
Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 541 Northeast Elgin, 542 Grove, 543 Dundee/Carpentersville, 544 Chicago Street, 546 Orange/Walnut, 547 Wing Park, 548 Highland, 548 Highland, 549 South Randall, 550 Big Timber/North Randall, 552 North State/Spring Hill Mall, 554 Elgin/Streamwood/Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg, and 801 Elgin/Geneva

National Street Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 546 Orange/Walnut and Route 801 Elgin/Geneva

N/A Spaulding Elgin/Bartlett Cook Closed 1971
F Bartlett Bartlett
Hanover Park Hanover Park DuPage Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 554 Elgin/Woodfield

Schaumburg Schaumburg Points of interest:

Schaumburg Baseball Stadium
Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 602 Higgins/Salem/Cedarcrest

E Roselle Roselle
Medinah Medinah
Itasca Itasca Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 616 Rosemont/Itasca Limited

D Wood Dale Wood Dale
Bensenville Bensenville Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 319 Grand Avenue and 332 River Road/York Road

C Mannheim Franklin Park Cook Rush hour service only

Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 319 Grand Avenue and 330 – Mannheim/LaGrange Roads

Franklin Park Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 303 Forest Park/Rosemont and 319 Grand Avenue

River Grove River Grove Points of interest:

Elmwood Cemetery
Connections:
Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: North Central Service
Bus interchange Pace buses: 307 Harlem, 319 Grand Avenue, and 331 Cumberland - 5th Avenue

Elmwood Park Elmwood Park Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 307 Harlem and 319 Grand Avenue

B Mont Clare Chicago Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 65 Grand and 74 Fullerton

Mars Rush hour service only

Points of interest: Mars candy factory and Rutherford Sayre Park

Galewood Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 86 Narragansett/Ridgeland

Hanson Park Rush hour service only

Connections:
Bus interchange CTA buses: 65 Grand and 85 Central

Cragin Closed in 2006, replaced by Grand/Cicero
Grand/Cicero Rush hour service only

Connections:
Bus interchange CTA buses: 54 Cicero, 65 Grand, and 73 Armitage

Hermosa Closed in 2006, replaced by Grand/Cicero
A Western Avenue Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North and North Central Service
Bus interchange CTA buses: 49 Western, X49 Western Express, and 65 Grand

Union Station Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, Heritage Corridor, and SouthWest Service
Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service
Metro interchange CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Line Express (at Quincy)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Bus interchange Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express
Intercity bus service Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership Reports - System Facts". Metra. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  2. ^ "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-02.
  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" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  5. ^ "NORTHERN ILLINOIS COMMUTER RAIL INITIATIVE COMMUTER RAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-20.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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