The City of Lake Forest has received notification from Metra about safety concerns regarding weekday inbound trains to Chicago from Lake Forest at 7:41 a.m. and 7:48 a.m. Please note that the 7:41 a.m. train departs the station on the east track and the 7:48 a.m. train departs the station on the west track. The use of the two different tracks has proven to be confusing for riders, and is causing concern for passenger safety.
“Metra Train crews are reporting that the majority of crossing violations and close calls occur as Train 2120, which departs from the Lake Forest Station at 7:41 a.m., approaches the station. Train 2120 boards from Track 1 (on the east), opposite the depot, and is the only morning departure to do so, which may be leading some of our riders to wait until the last minute to cross to the correct platform. Please listen to platform announcements and cross to the correct platform well in advance of the train’s departure time. Please DO NOT wait until just before departure and attempt to cross the tracks after the grade crossing protections have activated. Your safety is Metra’s number one priority. Some of our passengers are regularly crossing the tracks when the lights and bells are activated. This practice is not only dangerous, it is against the law and subject to fines.”
Please listen to announcements over the Station’s PA system and read signage to help avoid any confusion. Lake Forest Police Department officers will also be on site monitoring the station.