Milwaukee District / North Line
The Milwaukee District / North Line (MD-N) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and its northern suburbs. Although Metra does not refer to any of its lines by color, the timetable accents for the Milwaukee District / North line are pale "Hiawatha Orange" in honor of the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha passenger trains.
|Milwaukee District / North Line|
|Daily ridership||23,257 (Avg. Weekday 2014)|
|Owner||Metra (Dispatched primarily by CP south of Rondout)|
|Operator(s)||Metra, CP (South of Rondout), and WSOR|
|Line length||49.7 miles (80.0 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
Metra is the primary user of the line, with commuter services operating between Union Station and Fox Lake. As of 2018[update], the public timetable shows 30 weekday departures to Chicago, with 18 running through to Fox Lake. Of the 12 trains not running to Fox Lake, six terminate at Deerfield, five at Grayslake, and one at Lake Forest. The public timetable also shows 30 trains heading in to Chicago of which 18 start at Fox Lake. Of the 12 that do not start at Fox Lake, seven start at Deerfield and five start at Grayslake. NCS train #120 is also shown on the timetable as it makes stops at Libertyville and Lake Forest. Metra operates a reduced schedule on weekends. This service is supplemented by Amtrak, whose Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service inter-city trains stop at Union Station and Glenview. Metra began increased reverse-commute service on the North Line on March 4, 2019. This service is part of a pilot-program funded under a two-year, public-private partnership (P3).
Before the 1970s, this line was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). With the demise of the Milwaukee Road, ownership eventually passed to Metra. Today this service is one of several Metra routes operated by Metra crews, but trains are dispatched, under contract, by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which bought the Milwaukee Road in 1986 along with the Soo Line in 1990 and runs freight service over parts of this route.
The Milwaukee District/North Line route and Metra's track ownership diverges from the Chicago - Milwaukee - Minneapolis mainline at Rondout, Illinois and proceeds northwesterly toward Fox Lake. This secondary route, owned by Metra, was known as the Janesville Subdivision (J-Sub) of the Milwaukee Road. The mainline north of Rondout is owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). Metra service and track ownership ends at Fox Lake. The tracks beyond Fox Lake are owned by the State of Wisconsin and operated for freight service by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad. Commuter service beyond Fox Lake, abolished in 1982, served the communities of Spring Grove, Illinois, Solon Mills, Illinois, Zenda, Wisconsin, and Walworth, Wisconsin.
Until 1984, there was a stop in Rondout. The station building itself was demolished in the mid-1960s. The station was located at Rondout Junction, where the line crosses the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway's tracks at a diamond junction.
Since 2014 annual ridership has declined from 7.2 million to 6.6 million, an overall decline of 8.7%.
|O||Walworth||Walwort, Wis.||Walworth||Closed October 1, 1982|
|N||Zenda||Zenda, Wis.||Closed October 1, 1982|
|N/A||Richmond||Richmond, Ill.||McHenry||proposed new stop|
|K||Solon Mills||Solon Mills||Closed October 1, 1982; planned to reopen|
|Spring Grove||Spring Grove||Closed October 1, 1982; planned to reopen|
|J||Fox Lake||Fox Lake||Lake||Connections:|
Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC and 806 Crystal Lake-Fox Lake
Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC
|Wilson Road||Long Lake||Closed 1984|
|I||Round Lake||Round Lake||Connections:|
Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC
Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC
Metra trains: North Central Service
|F||Lake Forest||Lake Forest|
Pace buses: 471 Highland Park/Deerfield and 632 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 2
|Lake Cook Road||Cook||Connections:|
Pace buses: 626 Skokie Valley Limited, 627 Discover-Takeda Shuttle Bug, 631 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 1, 632 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 2, 633 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 3, 634 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 4, and 635 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 5
Pace buses: 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court
Pace buses: 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA and 623 Glen of North Glenview-Metra Station/Willow Road Corridor
Amtrak trains: Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service
Pace buses: 210 Lincoln Avenue, 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court, and 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA
Pace buses: 208 Golf Road and 210 Lincoln Avenue
|C||Morton Grove||Morton Grove||Connections:|
Pace buses: 210 Lincoln Avenue and 250 Dempster Street
CTA buses: 85A North Central
Pace buses: 225 Central/Howard and 226 Oakton Street
CTA buses: 92 Foster
CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Montrose)
CTA buses: 54 Cicero, 54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd, and 78 Montrose
CTA buses: 56 Milwaukee and 152 Addison
CTA buses: 53 Pulaski and 74 Fullerton
Metra trains: Milwaukee District / West and North Central Service
CTA buses: 49 Western, X49 Western Express, and 65 Grand
Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service
Metra trains: Milwaukee District / West, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, Heritage Corridor, and SouthWest Service
CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, and Purple Line (at Quincy)
CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)
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- "Metra to begin reverse-commute service from Chicago to Lake County". Progressive Railroading. February 22, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
- Metra Railfan Tips - Milwaukee District/North Line
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- "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
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- Metra Milwaukee District/North service schedule
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