Metra’s latest effort to tweak its schedule to deal with bridge construction projects in Chicago may have riders who use the Central Street station in Evanston fuming.

Of the 10 inbound trains running through Evanston on the Union Pacific North line during the weekday rush hour period of 7 to 9 a.m., the new schedule — planned to take effect next week — cuts the number stopping at Central Street from seven to six.

The number of trains serving nearby stations won’t change — with nine stopping at Davis Street, six at Main Street and seven at the Wilmette Metra station.

The latest schedule drops two trains at Central Street during the seven o’clock hour and adds one to the eight o’clock hour.

Evanston’s intergovernmental affairs coordinator, Matt Swentkofske, expects the changes to lead to over-crowded trains and says commuters with concerns can comment on the change at Metra’s website.

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Current schedule

Planned new schedule effective Sept. 26

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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