A Metra train at the Davis Street station in Evanston.

If workers for freight railroads nationwide go on strike Friday, it will disrupt passenger service on the Metra line through Evanston.

In a message to customers Tuesday morning, Metra says the Union Pacific North line through Evanston is one of four Metra lines that are owned and operated by freight railroads.

“If the work stoppage occurs,” Metra says, “We expect there will not be service on these lines.”

Contract talks between the unions and the railroads are continuing.

Update 9/15/22: President Biden announced early Thursday morning that union and company negotiators reached a tentative agreement to avoid the strike.

Metra had announced Wednesday that it was canceling some Thursday night runs on the Union Pacific North line in anticipation of the strike, but those trains have now been put back on the schedle.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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