Construction to affect midday service on the Rock Island Beverly Branch May 20 & 21

Publication Date
Tuesday, May 07, 2024

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A crossing replacement project on the Rock Island Line’s Beverly Branch will impact midday outbound service on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21.

Outbound Beverly Branch Line Trains #605 through #615 (departures from LaSalle Street between 8:25 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.) will operate on the Rock Island mainline, making stops at 95th Street/Longwood, 103rd Street/Washington Heights and Blue Island/Vermont Street, where they will turn around for an inbound trip on the Beverly Branch. Passengers on these outbound trains who need to access Beverly Branch stations will be allowed to stay onboard the train for the inbound trip, which will make all scheduled stops on the Beverly Branch.

During the replacement of the Laflin Street crossing on the Beverly Branch Line, operations will be restricted to a single track. Because this greatly restricts the flow of traffic on the line, the schedule was modified to minimize delays for both Beverly Branch and mainline trains. A copy of the Rock Island Line schedule highlighting the affected trains can be found here.

Crossing projects are part of the regularly scheduled maintenance of a railroad’s assets and generally include the removal and replacement of rails, ties, ballast, rubber panels and asphalt. Crossing renewals provide a smoother ride for motorists and ensure the continued safety of railroad operations.