Metra is still reeling from the major winter storm that dumped several inches of snow and caused temperatures to plunge.
In some areas–trains came to a halt while other busy routes experienced long delays–and it’s not over yet.
It’s been tough on commuters who rely on Metra to get them around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Metra officials say if snow and ice jam just one of the 3,000 train switches on their tracks it can lead to delays of 15 minutes or more on dozens of trains. With 1100 miles of tracks and 700 trains running daily, Metra spokesperson Meg Reilly and track supervisor Larry Powell say there is a domino effect.
When the snowfall is as heavy and temperatures are as low as what we experienced on Monday and Tuesday, Metra officials say the process of clearing switches must be repeated over and over again.