doepack wrote:Not for the reverse commuter, such as myself from Wheaton to OTC. I was on train 54 yesterday, scheduled to leave Wheaton at 3:54. It left Wheaton at 5:05, 69 minutes later, and arrived OTC 70 minutes late at 5:57 I thusly missed the 5:16 and 5:33 trains to Harvard.
35 eventually arrived in Elburn about 75 minutes late; it was so late in fact, it delayed 37, which left OTC an hour later, by 15 minutes, as it eventually wound up poking along behind 35, although there was actually a lite power move for the Belvidere job wedged in between 35 and 37 from Proviso to W. Chgo yard. Meanwhile at Elburn, 35 turns to 54, and 37 turns to 56. But, despite the massive delay to 54, UP commuter control decided to make both 54 and 56 locals to Elmhurst, then express to OTC; while turning equipment train 4302 into a revenue local run from Elmhurst eastward. Luckily, the mess was cleaned up in time for the PM rush
The morning trains on the UP west have only been late for me (only 15 minutes late) once, in 6 months of nearly daily commuting to Wheaton. It is always the afternoon trains that are screwed up. There have been many 15-25 minute delays due to freight interference.
At least I made the connection to the 6:25 to Harvard, and that train arrived in Harvard on time at 8:05.
Yesterday was the worst train delay yet for me, ever. I have missed all of the collisions, vehicle problems, etc. on the lines, with the exception of once on the UP-NW, when I was once 45 minutes late due to a truck stuck on the tracks.
A few more boners like yesterday and Metra will start losing ridership. I talked to some regular passengers while I was waiting in the Wheaton station who bailed by having family pick them up or they took the Pace buses to their destination (or to connecting CTA transit).