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February 28, 2012

MetroLink Rail Grinding Work Continues in Illinois

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications

MetroLink maintenance work continues to focus on rail grinding in Illinois Wednesday night through Friday night. The process extends the life of the rail and provides a smoother passenger ride. As the special equipment used for the rail grinding slowly moves down the tracks through different Metro east communities, it is important that residents are reminded that the rail grinder creates sparks. As a precaution, a fire suppression crew follows directly behind the grinder to immediately douse any flames. The grinding equipment Metro is using is designed for use in urban environments. It uses industry leading technology to reduce noise levels and has the most advanced dust control system available. Area residents should not be concerned when they see sparks. In addition to the fire suppression unit, Metro is in contact with emergency responders in the affected communities.

Below is the schedule for Wednesday, February 29, through Friday, March 2:

Wednesday through Friday
Beginning at 8 p.m., rail grinding crews will work on the tracks between the College MetroLink Station and the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station. To accommodate the crews, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the College MetroLink Station until the end of service each night. Red Line customers may experience delays of between 5 to 10 minutes. Blue Line service will not be affected by the work.

Updates on MetroLink operations can be found at www.metrostlouis.org in the Rider Alert section or by calling Customer Service at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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