CHTT1 wrote:I'm not an attorney, so I don't know of any reason why Metra couldn't contract with Winnebago and Boone counties to operate the service. There's no other place that Metra operates outside the six county area except for Kenosha, WI.
I've always wondered about the Kenosha service. I know originally C&NW picked up the cost of the service between the state line and Kenosha because they didn't want to mess with the crew base, but I don't know about the current situation. Does Wisconsin kick in some cash for the service (doubtful given Wisconsin's generally hands-off approach to commuter rail) or does Kenosha or Kenosha County pay for it? I can't imagine UP is contributing. Or are Illinois taxpayers subsidizing the cheeseheads? Does anyone know?
The explanation I got was that, as part of the purchase of service agreement, UP bills Metra for the cost of maintenance and overnight storage of consists in Kenosha. Among the conditions provided is that Metra has budgeted for a maximum of four sets, and is why the last nightly train leaving downtown at 12:35 deadheads back to Waukegan after terminating its run in Kenosha.
Station maintenance in Kenosha, plus revenue miles for all Metra traffic between Kenosha and Winthrop Harbor also figures into the subsidy, but it's unclear exactly how UP calculates this, as well as other miscellaneous expenses related to the extra territorial running...