Union Pacific, Metra's Fight Over Chicago Rail Lines Heats Up

By Linda Chiem (July 22, 2020, 8:34 PM EDT) -- Chicago's commuter rail system, Metra, asked regulators Tuesday to block Union Pacific from pulling out of operating three commuter rail lines in the region, saying the railroad is required by federal law to maintain certain levels of passenger service.

Metra filed a petition Tuesday with the Surface Transportation Board seeking a preliminary injunction barring Union Pacific Railroad Co. from pulling its operations on the UP North, UP West and UP Northwest lines, which serve thousands of riders in the Chicago area.

The STB is the independent federal agency that regulates rail rates, mergers, line abandonments and other economic rail matters. Metra...

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