Operations and Ridership Data

Metra oversees all commuter rail operations in the 1,155 track miles in the northeastern Illinois region, with responsibility for day-to-day operations, fare and service levels, capital improvements and planning. The Metra system is comprised of 11 separate lines radiating out from Chicago’s Loop, and serves more than 100 communities at 241 rail stations.

Weekday Ridership and Service Levels
(July 2013 - June 2014)

 Route Miles# of TrainsAvg. Weekday Ridership
Electric District
(University Park, Blue Island, South Chicago)
Heritage Corridor (Joliet)37.262,400
Milwaukee District   
North (Fox Lake)49.56022,500
West (Elgin)34.45822,800
North Central Service
Rock Island District
(Joliet, Blue Island)
SouthWest Service
Union Pacific   
North (Kenosha, WI)51.67033,700
Northwest (Harvard, McHenry)70.56538,600
West (Elburn)43.65928,300

Metra Statistics
(January 2013 - December 2013)

Farebox Recovery55%
On-Time Performance95%
Route Miles487.7
Track Miles1,155.1
Average Weekday Passengers294,400
Average Weekend Passengers108,100
Annual Passenger Trips82,267,316
Trains Scheduled per Weekday703
Trains Scheduled per Weekend459
Diesel Locomotives146
Trailer & Cab Coaches837
Multiple-Unit Electric Cars226

*All data excludes NICTD South Shore