Train schedules on Metra’s Union Pacific North Line that runs through Evanston will shift slightly next month with the start of bridge replacement projects on Chicago’s north side.

The work will replace 22 bridges over the next eight years, starting with 11 between Grace Avenue and Balmoral Street. Then, starting in 2014, the other 11 bridges, between Fullerton Avenue and Cornelia Street, will be replaced.

Metra says there won’t be any service disruptions as a result of the construction, but because trains in both directions will have to run on a single track at the construction sites, there will be minor schedule adjustments and slight increases in some travel times.

The details of the new schedule are available online.

Metra’s also planning to hold an information session about the project at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the community room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

At this point there’s no schedule to replace Metra bridges through Evanston. Seeking funding for that is one of the state and federal lobbying goals adopted by the Evanston City Council this week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Minor schedule adjustments ?

    This looks like more than minor schedule adjustments.   The proposed changes have a 7:25 am and a 7:56 am going into Ogilvie on weekdays. 

    Currently there are trains at 7:23, 7:38 , 7:44, 7:51, and 7:57.      It looks like we will be losing three trains at Davis.   Enquiring minds do not approve.

  2. Proposed Schedule?

    If this is just the proposal, when will the actual schedule be posted? And who gets a say in what’s approved? Like the previous post, a 7:25 and a 7:56 train are severly limiting our options for getting to the Loop. And can you imagine how crammed they will be? This proposed schedule needs to go back on the drawing board to be tweaked.

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