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
Overview
Service typeCommuter Rail
LocaleCook, Lake and McHenry counties, Illinois
Current operator(s)
Ridership38,600 (Avg. Weekday 2014)[1]
18,800 (Avg. Weekend 2014)[2]
Route
StartOgilvie Transportation Center
Stops23
EndHarvard, McHenry
Line(s) used
Technical
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.[3]

The line runs from Ogilvie Transportation Center to Harvard, Illinois, with a branch line to McHenry, Illinois that operates during weekday rush hours. Overall, this is Metra's longest route and one of three routes with branches (the others being the Rock Island District and Metra Electric District). The terminus of the McHenry branch originally was in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, but was cut back to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 1965, Lake Geneva to Richmond, Illinois in 1975, and Richmond to McHenry in 1980.[4][page needed]

As of April 2013, the public timetable indicated 33 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, with 3 terminating at McHenry, 14 terminating at Crystal Lake, 4 terminating at Barrington, 11 at Harvard, and 1 at Des Plaines.

The line has many riders from southern Wisconsin due to its proximity to places like Madison and Janesville. The railroad in its entirety passes through Madison and Janesville, with the current official ending of the track located 4 miles North of Evansville Wisconsin, at or near milepost 124. Although the passenger service does not serve the Madison subvision at this time, upon reaching Evansville the ownership of the railroad shifts, and is currently operated for freight and car storage under State of Wisconsin ownership . Wisconsin Department of Transportation has funded studies on extending the line from Harvard into Janesville, with potential stops along the way.[5] This line is also used by a handful of commuters from the Rockford area.[6] There has been talk of rebuilding the KD Line from Rockford to Harvard.[citation needed] A 1.6-mile (2.6 km) extension of the McHenry branch to Johnsburg is proposed as part of CMAP’s Go to 2040 Priority Projects. This service enhancement would include the addition of two new stations: Prairie Grove on the McHenry branch and Ridgefield on the Harvard branch.[7]

The Union Pacific / Northwest Line is Metra's second busiest line, with an average of 38,600 boardings on a weekday. It is second only to the BNSF Railway Line.

The line is triple-tracked from Clybourn to just southeast of Barrington, with a bidirectional express track, and double tracked from Barrington to Harvard. The McHenry branch is single-tracked. Historically , double track was maintained from Harvard to Baraboo, Wisconsin. A now-gone portion of the Union Pacific / Northwest Line diverged at Harvard and passed though Beloit, Wisconsin, and reconnected to the main line at Evansville junction to allow a separate passenger and freight line. Around the time the Beloit line was abandoned, the railroad single-tracked the line from Harvard to Janesville.

Ridership[edit]

Annual ridership[8]
Year Annual ridership
2014 11,609,358
2015 11,301,755
2016 11,183,739
2017 10,910,882
2018 10,597,680
Average weekday ridership
Period Avg. weekday ridership
2008 43,500 [9]
July 2008–
June 2009
43,500 [10]
2010 40,900 [11]
July 2011–
June 2012
41,000 [12]
July 2015–
June 2016
40,700 [13]
July 2016–
June 2017
39,600 [14]
Average weekend ridership
Period Avg. weekend ridership
July 2011–
June 2012
19,500 [15]

Stations[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
N/A Evansville Evansville, WI Rock Closed 1965[citation needed]
Janesville Janesville, WI Connections:
Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Bus: to Chicago
Clinton Clinton, WI Closed 1966[citation needed]
Sharon Sharon, WI Walworth Closed 1966[citation needed]
Williams Bay Williams Bay, WI Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1966[citation needed]
Lake Geneva Lake Geneva, WI Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1975
Pell Lake Pell Lake, WI Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1975
Genoa City Genoa City, WI Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1975
M Harvard Harvard McHenry Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 808 Crystal Lake/Harvard
N/A Richmond Richmond McHenry Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1980
Hartland Hartland Closed 1984[16]
Ringwood Ringwood Williams Bay (McHenry) branch; Closed 1980[citation needed]
Johnsburg Johnsburg McHenry branch; Proposed new stop
K Woodstock Woodstock McHenry Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 807 Woodstock/McHenry via Wonder Lake and 808 Crystal Lake/Harvard
McHenry McHenry McHenry branch

Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 806 Crystal Lake/Fox Lake and 807 Woodstock/McHenry via Wonder Lake

N/A Prairie Grove Prairie Grove McHenry McHenry branch; Closed, proposed new stop
Ridgefield Ridgefield Closed, proposed new stop[7]
I Crystal Lake Crystal Lake McHenry Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 550 Elgin Transportation Center/Crystal Lake, 806 Crystal Lake/Fox Lake and 808 Crystal Lake/Harvard
Pingree Road
H Cary Cary
Fox River Grove Fox River Grove Formerly: Chicago Highlands
G Barrington Barrington Cook Beginning of center express track
F Palatine Palatine
E Arlington Park Arlington Heights Points of interest:
Arlington Park
Arlington Heights Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 696 Harper College/Woodfield/Arlington Heights/Randhurst
D Mount Prospect Mount Prospect Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 234 Wheeling/Des Plaines and 694 Central Road/Mt. Prospect Station
Cumberland Des Plaines Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 209 Busse Highway, 221 Wolf Road, and 234 Wheeling/Des Plaines
Des Plaines Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 208 Golf Road, 209 Busse Highway, 226 Oakton Street, 230 South Des Plaines, 234 Wheeling/Des Plaines, 250 Dempster Street, and 619 Des Plaines Station/Willow Rd. Corridor
C Dee Road Park Ridge Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 209 Busse Highway, 226 Oakton Street, and 240 Dee Road
Park Ridge Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 68 Northwest Highway
Bus interchange Pace buses: 209 Busse Highway, 241 Greenwood/Talcott, and 290 Touhy Avenue
N/A Skokie Skokie Cook Skokie branch; Closed December 1, 1958
Lincolnwood Lincolnwood Skokie branch; Closed December 1, 1958
Sauganash Chicago Skokie branch; Closed December 1, 1958
Peterson Weber branch; Closed December 1, 1958
C Edison Park Chicago Cook Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 68 Northwest Highway
Norwood Park Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 68 Northwest Highway
B Gladstone Park Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 68 Northwest Highway
Jefferson Park Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA "L" lines:      Blue Line
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 56 Milwaukee, 68 Northwest Highway, 81 Lawrence, 81W West Lawrence, 85 Central, 85A North Central, 88 Higgins, 91 Austin, 92 Foster, and X98 Avon Express
Bus interchange Pace buses: 225 Central/Howard, 226 Oakton Street, 270 Milwaukee Avenue, and Pulse Milwaukee Line
N/A Mayfair Chicago Cook Closed December 1, 1958
Kostner Closed December 1, 1958
B Irving Park Chicago Cook Connections:
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA "L" lines:      Blue Line (at Irving Park)
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 53 Pulaski, N53 Pulaski, 54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd, and 80 Irving Park
N/A Parkview Chicago Cook Closed December 1, 1958
Avondale Closed December 1, 1958
Maplewood Closed December 1, 1958
A Clybourn Chicago Cook Connections:
Metra Metra trains:      Union Pacific / North
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: 9 Ashland, X9 Ashland Express, and 73 Armitage
Ogilvie Transportation Center Connections:
Metra Metra trains:      Union Pacific / North,      Union Pacific / West
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA "L" trains:      Green Line and      Pink Line (at Clinton)
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg CTA buses: J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, and 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Judy Robson Announces Funding of Metra Feasibility Study
  6. ^ Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative Rockford Bus Service to Chicago Area Archived May 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b "Go to 2040: Comprensive Regional Plan". Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. 2010. p. 281. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
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  11. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013.
  16. ^ Ridership Trends - Annual Report 2017 (PDF) (Report). Metra Division of Strategic Capital Planning. February 2018. p. 32. Retrieved December 2, 2018.

External links[edit]

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