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Union Pacific West Line
Type Commuter Rail
System Metra
Termini Ogilvie Transportation Center
Stations 19
Daily ridership 27,196 (avg. weekday 2014)[1]
Owner Union Pacific Railroad (Leased to Metra)
Operator(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Line length 44 miles[2]
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Route map
44.0 mi
70.8 km
Elburn yard
40.8 mi
65.7 km
La Fox
35.5 mi
57.1 km
Fox River
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
29.7 mi
47.8 km
West Chicago
27.5 mi
44.3 km
Illinois Prairie Path
25.0 mi
40.2 km
23.8 mi
38.3 km
College Avenue
22.4 mi
36 km
Glen Ellyn
DuPage River
19.9 mi
32 km
17.8 mi
28.6 km
Villa Park
IC West Line
Salt Creek
15.7 mi
25.3 km
14.3 mi
23 km
12.7 mi
20.4 km
Addison Creek
Indiana Harbor Belt
11.3 mi
18.2 km
Melrose Park
10.5 mi
16.9 km
Des Plaines River
9.7 mi
15.6 km
River Forest
Canadian National Railway
9.1 mi
14.6 km
8.5 mi
13.7 km
Oak Park
8.2 mi
13.2 km
7.7 mi
12.4 km
7.2 mi
11.6 km
Austin Blvd.
6.7 mi
10.8 km
CTA Green Line
to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove
Belt Railway of Chicago
4.8 mi
7.7 km
Keeler (employees only)
3.6 mi
5.8 km
3.0 mi
4.8 km
California Ave. coach yard
Western Ave. Corridor
MD-N MD-W NCS Amtrak
2.6 mi
4.2 km
MD-N MD-W NCS Amtrak to
CTA Green and Pink lines
0.0 Ogilvie Transportation Center

The Union Pacific West Line (UP-W) is a Metra commuter rail line operated by Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its suburbs. Metra does not refer to its lines by particular colors, but the timetable accents for the Union Pacific/West line are "Kate Shelley Rose" pink, honoring an Iowa woman who saved a Chicago & North Western Railway train from disaster in 1881.[3] In April 2013 the public timetable shows 30 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Elburn. All weekend trains run to Elburn. Of the 8 trains on weekdays that do not run through to Elburn, 4 terminate at Elmhurst, 2 at Geneva, 1 at West Chicago, and 1 at La Fox. All weekend trains run through to Elburn. Until 2006, all trains that terminated at Elburn today terminated at Geneva.

The line runs from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Elburn. This is the oldest railway route in Chicago, the route of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad along Kinzie street.

In late spring 2009 Union Pacific began an upgrade to the line. A third mainline track will be built between Elmhurst and River Forest, major signal system upgrades, the consolidation of the Bellwood and Melrose Park Stations (separate project), removal of all mid-platform pedestrian crossings at stations, warning systems for pedestrians, and new platforms. Work will be completed by late December 2010.

Speculation exists that the line could be extended from Elburn west through Maple Park and Cortland to DeKalb. This would provide greater access for North-Central Illinois Residents to the Chicago area, as well as for students at Northern Illinois University. Maple Park has indicated that adding a Metra stop in the town is in the County's 2040 transportation plan.[4] Further west remains uncertain.[5] Union Pacific has already said that these plans are unlikely to go through if Geneva does not allow a third track to go through their town. This is due to the high usage of the rail for both freight and passenger trains. Freight trains currently back up in rural Elburn for a half-hour or more waiting for a clear line to West Chicago.

Station stops[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
I Elburn Elburn Kane Connections:

Bus interchange Huskie Line buses: Elburn Shuttle

La Fox La Fox
H Geneva Geneva Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 592 St. Charles - Geneva Call-n-Ride, 596 Batavia Call-n-Ride, 801 Elgin/Geneva, and 802 Aurora-Geneva via Lake

F West Chicago West Chicago DuPage
Winfield Winfield Points of interest:

Central DuPage Hospital
Bus interchange Pace buses: 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride

E Wheaton Wheaton Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 301 Roosevelt Road, 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride, 709 Carol Stream/North Wheaton, 711 Wheaton/Carol Stream/Stratford Square, and 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector

College Avenue Points of interest:

Wheaton College
Bus interchange Pace buses: 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector

Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 715 Central DuPage

D Lombard Lombard Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 674 Southwest Lombard

Villa Park Villa Park
Elmhurst Elmhurst Points of interest:

Elmhurst College and Wilder Park Conservatory
Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 332 River Road - York Road

C Berkeley Berkeley Cook
Bellwood Bellwood Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 330 Mannheim - LaGrange Roads

Melrose Park Melrose Park Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 303 Forest Park/Rosemont, 309 Lake Street, and 313 St. Charles Road

Maywood Maywood Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, and 331 Cumberland/5th Avenue

B River Forest River Forest Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 313 St. Charles Road

Lathrop Closed between 1957 and 1966
Oak Park Oak Park Connections:

Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green Line (at Harlem/Lake)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 90 Harlem
Bus interchange Pace buses: 305 Cicero/River Forest, 307 Harlem, 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, 318 West North Avenue, 757 Northwest Connection, and 770 Brookfield Zoo Express/CTA Green Line

N/A Avenue Closed between 1957 and 1966
N/A Ridgeland Closed between 1957 and 1966
N/A Austin Blvd Closed between 1957 and 1966
N/A Austin Chicago Closed between 1957 and 1966
N/A Keeler Employee only stop; serves adjacent maintenance facility
A Kedzie Connections:

Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green Line (at Kedzie)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 52 Kedzie/California

Ogilvie Transportation Center Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Union Pacific / Northwest Line and Union Pacific / North Line
Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green and Pink Lines (at Clinton)
Bus interchange 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


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - Union Pacific/West
  3. ^ "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Kane County Long Range Transit Plan" (PDF). Kane County, IL. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "DeKalb-to-Chicago passenger train not in immediate future". Northern Star. September 26, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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