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Signal problems at Union Station delay Metra trains

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Amtrak signal problems at Union Station Friday morning caused delays to a number of Metra and Amtrak trains that use the station.

The problems lasted about 15 minutes sometime between 7 and 8 a.m., according to Amtrak spokesman Mark Magliari.

The issues affected both the signal and switching systems -- whose controls are shared -- at Union Station for about 15 minutes, and that meant both Metra and Amtrak trains that use the station couldn't get into or out of the station. The tracks at Union Station are controlled by Amtrak.

By about 8:20 a.m., Metra's Union Station-bound and departing trains were moving again, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said. Amtrak trains affected by the delays were on the move again, as well, Magliari said.

The Metra delays included:

Southwest Service Train No. 807, scheduled to depart Chicago at 8:35 a.m. and arrive 179th Street at 9:39 a.m.

BNSF trains 1236, 1238, 1240, and 1244, all scheduled to arrive ay Union Station between 8:02 a.m. and 8:17 a.m., were delayed up to 15 minutes because of the signal problems.

BNSF train No. 1225, which was scheduled to depart Chicago at 7:45 a.m. and arrive in Aurora at 9:05 a.m., was on the move and operating 20 to 22 minutes behind schedule because of the signal problems.

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