Metra has revised its weekday schedule on the busy BNSF line to Aurora, which includes new morning and afternoon trains to relieve crowding.

The commuter railroad also is adding a train in each direction to the weekend schedule as part of a summer pilot program.

The new weekday schedule, which will start on June 3, was made in response to a survey of BNSF riders.

The BNSF line, operated by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway with equipment owned by Metra, is Metra’s busiest route and makes up 21 percent of its total ridership. The line sees 64,000 passengers a day, and includes stops at Naperville, Hinsdale and Cicero.

Last year, the line was troubled by multiple delays and overcrowding from a variety of causes, including air conditioning breakdowns and the implementation of new safety technology that required a major schedule change.

Metra said in a statement on Tuesday that while it did what it could to accommodate requests, it was not possible to eliminate all crowding due to a limited amount of equipment and capacity constraints in the yards, on the tracks and at Union Station.

The new inbound weekday train will start at the Highlands station in Hinsdale at 7:14 a.m. and arrive at Union Station at 7:50 a.m, with stops between. In the afternoon, a train will leave at 4:53 p.m. and end at Highlands. There are also other weekday timetable changes. The complete new schedule can be seen at www.metrarail.com.

The weekend pilot schedule, which will begin June 8 and end Sept. 2, includes a new inbound afternoon train from Aurora and an outbound train leaving Union Station late Saturday morning. Metra also has added trains to the Union Pacific Northwest and Rock Island weekend schedules as part of the summer pilot.

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