|Milwaukee District / North Line|
|Owner||Metra (Dispatched primarily by CP south of Rondout)|
|Operator(s)||Metra, CP (South of Rondout), and WSOR|
|Daily ridership||23,257 (Avg. Weekday 2014)|
|Line length||49.7 miles (80.0 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
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.
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 1982, this line was operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). When the Milwaukee Road went bankrupt, the Regional Transportation Authority took over operation of the line. By 1984, the line passed to RTA's newly created Commuter Rail Division, which rebranded as Metra in 1985. 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) through its American subsidiary Soo Line Railroad and sees Amtrak and freight traffic only. 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. Before 1982, service ran as far north as Walworth, Wisconsin.
Since 2014 annual ridership has declined from 7.2 million to 6.6 million, an overall decline of 8.7%.
|State||Zone||Location||Station||Connections and notes|
|WI||O||Walworth||Walworth||Closed October 1, 1982|
|N||Zenda||Zenda||Closed October 1, 1982|
|IL||Richmond||Richmond||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||Pace: 570, 806|
|Long Lake||Wilson Road||Closed 1984|
|I||Round Lake||Round Lake||Pace: 570|
|H||Libertyville||Prairie Crossing||Metra: North Central Service|
|F||Lake Forest||Lake Forest|
|E||Deerfield||Deerfield||Pace: 471, 632|
|Lake Cook Road||Pace: 626, 627, 631, 632, 633, 634, 635|
|D||Glenview||North Glenview||Pace: 423, 623|
|Glenview||Amtrak: Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service|
Pace: 210, 422, 423
|Golf||Golf||Pace: 208, 210|
|C||Morton Grove||Morton Grove||Pace: 210, 250|
|Chicago||Edgebrook||CTA Bus: 84, 85A|
Pace: 225, 226
|Forest Glen||CTA Bus: 92|
|B||Mayfair||Chicago "L": Blue Line (at Montrose)|
CTA Bus: 54, 54A, 78
|Grayland||CTA Bus: 56, 152|
|Healy||CTA Bus: 53, 74|
|A||Western Avenue||Metra: Milwaukee District / West Line, North Central Service|
CTA Bus: 49, X49, 65
|Union Station||Amtrak (long-distance): California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle|
Amtrak (intercity): Blue Water, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Lincoln Service, Pere Marquette, Wolverine
Metra: BNSF Railway, Milwaukee District / West Line, North Central Service, Heritage Corridor, SouthWest Service
Chicago "L": Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple lines (at Quincy)
CTA Bus: 1, 7, J14, 19, 28, 56, 60, 120, 121, 124, 125, 126, 128, 130, 151, 156, 157, 192
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (Greyhound)
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- "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009.
- "Chicago to Fox Lake" (PDF). Metra. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- "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
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Suburban Service; North Timetable (November 14, 1971)
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Chicago-Fox Lake
- "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
- Ridership Trends - Annual Report 2017 (PDF) (Report). Metra Division of Strategic Capital Planning. February 2018. p. 32. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
- Metra Milwaukee District/North service schedule
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