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Decision expected by end of month on shutting down rails during NATO

Updated: May 13, 2012 10:27AM



Commuters getting a bit antsy about whether their ride to and from work will be disrupted during next month’s NATO Summit will get some answers by the end of the month, Metra said Wednesday.

That’s when the U.S. Secret Service will announce finalized security plans, including whether rail lines that run beneath McCormick Place will be shut down during the May 20-21 summit.

“We are meeting with the Secret Service and we just don’t expect to have an announcement until the end of April,” Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

The decision is being made in coordination with Chicago Police and other transit agencies, including Amtrak.

The security measures could impact the South Shore and Metra Electric lines, as well as Amtrak and the Canadian National Railway. All four lines operate beneath the summit site. The Metra Electric line runs 172 trains beneath the center each week, serving more than 18,000 weekday commuters.

Information on service disruptions will be posted on the Metra website and emailed to all riders who have signed up to receive service alerts.



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