CHICAGO (CBS) — After a solid performance in its first major winter weather test on Tuesday, Metra’s top official said the commuter rail agency has been spending what it takes to keep the system running as smoothly as possible during the bitter cold.
Metra Executive Director Donald Orseno said he’s pretty satisfied with the way trains ran during the morning rush, after the Chicago area got 2 to 4 inches of snow, and temperatures dipped to as low as 4 below zero.READ MORE: South Shore Woman Sees Police Activity After Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Only To Find Out It Was Her Own Beloved Brother
Crews kept trains running overnight so they were ready for the Tuesday morning commute. Orseno said the extra fuel is costly, but not that costly, and it’s an old tactic.
“This is something we do when the weather gets certain temperatures. It probably costs several thousand dollars to do it, but to keep things in perspective, radiators for a typical locomotive – if you have to replace the whole radiator bank – that’s around $30,000,” he said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Patchy Frost Well Inland