Storm stops some Metra trains, delays others for more than 2 hours
BY MIKE LANSU AND SAM CHARLES Staff Reporters August 30, 2013 5:20PM
Updated: August 31, 2013 2:00AM
Strong winds prompted Metra to stop train service on several lines Friday evening and caused two hour delays.
Two trains, the No. 360 and No. 362, both travelling from Waukegan to Chicago, had not yet departed as of 9:30 p.m. And delays ranged from 25 to 150 minutes.
Friday ’s UP-North and UP-Northwest stalled service comes after the two lines racked up sub-par performance last month.
The two lines fell well below Metra’s goal of a 95-percent on-time performance rate, with UP-Northwest posting the second-worst record of any Metra line in June — only 88.8 percent on-time during peak periods. UP-North was on-time during peak hours 91.8 percent of the time.
Friday’s nights problems also erupted amid rising questions about Metra and the tumult that has followed the up to $871,000 buyout of former CEO Alex Clifford.
Meanwhile, about 158,200 customers were without electrical power during the storm, according to ComEd officials. As of 9:30 p.m., 62,700 customers were still without power.
As the storm passed over the area, a man was hit by a falling tree on the Northwest Side. He was injured about 8:40 p.m. in the 7200 block of West Howard, according officials. The man was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in critical condition, fire department officials said.
Contributing: Rosalind Rossi