A Metra locomotive at the Davis Street station.

Metra schedule adjustments taking effect later this month will add two new rush-hour trains stopping at Davis Street but eliminate four midday runs that make all three Evanston station stops.

In a news release today, the commuter rail service says it’s adding a morning departure from Kenosha, Wisconsin, at 6:38 a.m. on the Union Pacific North line and a one leaving Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center for Kenosha at 4:32 p.m.

Both those trains will make their only Evanston stop at Davis Street.

Metra blames construction projects expected to ongoing for several years, including a new station at Peterson/Ridge in Chicago, for the planned reduction in midday service. It says the change is needed to lengthen work windows and reduce delays through single-track areas.

Inbound trains that now depart Winnetka for Chicago at 10:09 a.m. and 2:09 p.m. are being eliminated along with outbound trains that leave Ogilvie at 9:02 a.m. and 1:02 p.m.

Those trains have been stopping at Main Street, Davis Street and Central Street in Evanston.

The new schedule takes effect on April 25.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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