May 16, 2018 Chicago Metra Ogilve Station was evacuated Wednesday morning due to police activity.
Chicago Police Department officers and bomb squad units and Chicago Fire Department emergency crews responded Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. to reports of an unattended suspicious package or luggage at the Ogilve train station located at 500 W Madison Street.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed that an unattended piece of luggage was left at the end of the train platform near the entrance to the “mall” area.
CTA announced just after noon via Twitter:
“bus reroutes are due to the ongoing police activity at Ogilvie Transportation Center. #Metra Union Pacific North, Northwest, and West trains all remain halted.
Chicago’s WGN News reports that an hour after a suspicious item was reported near the Metra tracks an evacuation order was issued for Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center and tenants of adjoining building are being told to “shelter in place.”
At approximately 12:30 p.m. Metra said service is restored but said to expect extensive delays.
Federal, state and local police have partnered with Metra and Chicago Transit Authority in recent years for training and drills to prepare for disasters, whether natural or man-made. On Valentine’s Day 2017, CTA passengers reported Department of Homeland Security and ICE agents checking bags at several redline locations.
Since 2010, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s controversial TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention Response (VIPR) teams have been spotted across the nation on buses, trains, ships, ferries, subways, and even highways. VIPR teams may include Federal Air Marshals, explosive-detection canine teams, Aviation Security Inspectors, and Transportation Security Officers, CBP, ICE and state and local law enforcement agencies.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."