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 2014 - June 2015)

 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)49.56023,100
West (Elgin)39.85822,300
North Central Service
Rock Island District
(Joliet, Blue Island)
SouthWest Service
Union Pacific   
North (Kenosha, WI)51.67034,200
Northwest (Harvard, McHenry)70.56539,900
West (Elburn)43.65928,100

Metra Statistics
(January 2014 - December 2014)

Farebox Recovery55%
On-Time Performance94%
Route Miles487.7
Track Miles1,155.1
Average Weekday Passengers291,300
Average Weekend Passengers110,500
Annual Passenger Trips83,369,706
Trains Scheduled per Weekday703
Trains Scheduled per Weekend459
Diesel Locomotives146
Trailer & Cab Coaches837
Multiple-Unit Electric Cars186

*All data excludes NICTD South Shore