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Switching problems causing Metra delays at Union Station

Switching problems caused Metrdelays UniStatiMonday night January 9 2011.  Commuters had wait for their traarrive statiboard for outbound service.

Switching problems caused Metra delays at Union Station, Monday night, January 9, 2011. Commuters had to wait for their train to arrive at the station to board for outbound service. | Dom Najolia~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 9, 2012 7:42PM

Metra trains were delayed up to 45 minutes Monday night because of a switching problem near a Downtown station.

The train service experienced switching problems near Union Station at Polk Street about 5 p.m., causing delays up to 45 minutes on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and SouthWest lines, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

Trains were moving by 6:15 p.m.

“Between 4:45 and 6:30 is our biggest time of the evening rush,” Miller said. “Trains are moving, but we are just playing catch up.”

The delays prompted commuters to take to Twitter, complaining about “bad stuff going down at Union Station” and “hundreds of people standing around.”

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