Amtrak switch and signals restored, easing commuting fears

March 1, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — Switch and signal problems that caused delays to thousands of Chicago commuters have been resolved.

Amtrak officials say commuters using the Metra rail system that operates through Union Station should see normal train operations Friday. Amtrak passengers also should trains operate on a normal schedule.

Tens of thousands of Chicago commuters either faced delays or had to find alternative transportation during the Thursday evening commute because of Amtrak’s signal problems.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says a communications issue with the automated system required the use of manual controls. As a result, every rail line operating out of Union Station was affected.

Magliari says because dispatchers couldn’t see the locations of the trains the only way to safely move traffic was one train at a time.