Bikes on Trains

Bikes on Trains

Metra Bicycle Policy 2014
For 2014, bicycles are permitted on all weekday trains arriving in Chicago after 9:30 A.M. and leaving Chicago before 3:00 P.M. and after 7:00 P.M., and on all weekend trains, with the following exceptions:

  • All days during Taste of Chicago - July 9, 2014 to July 13, 2014
  • Lollapalooza - August 1, 2014 to August 3, 2014
  • Air & Water Show - August 16, 2014 & August 17, 2014


*As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if coaches are crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available for bicycles.

1. Individual cyclists must be at least 16 years old. Riders aged 12 through 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 are not permitted.

2. Only five bicycles per ADA car on each diesel train will be allowed in designated priority seating areas; two for each equivalent Metra Electric car. For 2013 the following number of bicycles can generally be accommodated per train:

Union Pacific North, Northwest & West Lines20 bicycles
Milwaukee North & West Lines15 bicycles
Rock Island Line15 bicycles
BNSF Railway10 bicycles
North Central Service15 bicycles
SouthWest Service15 bicycles
Metra Electric8 bicycles*

* All Electric cars are accessible; bike capacity varies by number of cars per train.

Bikes on Electric Trains

3. Standard bicycles not exceeding 70 inches in length will be permitted. Tricycles, tandems, trailers, bulky attachments, training wheels or powered bicycles are prohibited.

4. There is no additional charge for bicycles.

5. Train conductors will make the final decisions regarding the ability to accommodate bicycles on each train. All cyclists must follow instructions of Metra train crews.

6. Train crews are not required to assist with boarding bicycles; their primary responsibilities are for passenger safety and assisting those with disabilities.

7. The wheelchair lift will not be used to load or unload bicycles.

8. Cyclists must be considerate and allow all passengers (including those with mobility devices) to board and alight before carrying their bicycles on or off the train.

9. Cyclists may be required to leave the train if ADA space is needed for boarding passengers with disabilities. If cyclists are required to detrain prior to destination, passengers who purchased a cash fare from the conductor will be given a refund by that conductor. Passengers riding on One-Way or 10-Ride tickets will have their ticket returned with the following notation "Good for One Additional Ride."

10. Bicycles cannot block aisles or impede passenger movement. Cyclists must stay in the vicinity of their bicycles at all times.

11. In case of evacuation, bikes will be left on the train, clear of aisles and doors.

12. Metra makes no assurances that space will be available for bicycles on designated bike trains (including late-hour trains). Cyclists will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

13. Bicycles are permitted on all weekday trains arriving in Chicago after 9:30 a.m. and leaving Chicago before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m., and on all weekend trains.

14. Bicycles must be kept clean and free of dirt and grease while aboard Metra trains. Bicycles that present a hazard to other customers or Metra facilities are prohibited.

15. Bicycles must be secured to the lower rail of folding seats in the priority seating area with long bungee cords (approximately 36 inches recommended) or other devices supplied by the cyclist which adequately secure the bicycle.

16. Folding bicycles in protective covers are permitted on all trains at all times but should not block train aisles or doorways.

Metra's Bikes on Trains Brochure

Metra Stations with official bicycle parking facilities.

More Helpful Information - Visit the City of Chicago Department of Transportation Bicycle Program website for free publications including a map showing the best streets for cycling in Chicago.  Additional resources for biking throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties can be found by visiting the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the Active Transportation Alliance.

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has developed Bike to Metra Guides for several Metra stations.