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Local Metra lines continue to operate with delays after some suspended service Wednesday

Some of lines suspended service during extreme cold

A Metra train pulls into the new Heritage Corridor platform Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
A Metra train pulls into the new Heritage Corridor platform Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

The Heritage Corridor and Rock Island Metra lines continued to operate Wednesday with some delays after the commuter rail suspended service on its Metra Electric lines.

Metra planned to operate on a modified schedule Wednesday in anticipation of the extreme cold that was predicted to set in, but there still were some delays during the morning commute, according to Metra’s website.

One Heritage Corridor train scheduled to arrive at Chicago Union Station at 8:12 a.m. was stopped on the tracks for emergency repairs.

“The duration of this delay is unknown,” an alert from Metra said.

Metra canceled an outbound train Wednesday night, scheduled to leave Union Station at 5:25 p.m., “due to harsh sub-freezing temperatures.” Several Rock Island trains were delayed.

The big, local shutdown started late Tuesday afternoon as schools, county courts, park districts, libraries and even trash haulers braced for temperatures headed to minus 28.

Many schools opted to close through Thursday rather than call in students on a morning when temperatures will just begin to recover from wind-chill factors predicted as low as minus 54.

Authorities advised residents to stay home.

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