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.

A printable fact sheet containing this data is available here.

Weekday Ridership and Service Levels
(July 2011 - June 2012)

Route Miles# of TrainsAvg. Weekday Ridership
Electric District
(University Park, Blue Island, South Chicago)
Heritage Corridor (Joliet)37.262,600
Milwaukee District
North (Fox Lake)49.56023,100
West (Elgin)34.45822,800
North Central Service
Rock Island District
(Joliet, Blue Island)
SouthWest Service
Union Pacific
North (Kenosha, WI)51.67035,400
Northwest (Harvard, McHenry)70.56541,000
West (Elburn)43.65930,300
Total 487.7 703 305,200 

Metra Statistics
(January 2012 - December 2012)

Farebox Recovery55%
On-Time Performance96%
Route Miles487.7
Track Miles1,155.1
Average Weekday Passengers305,200
Average Weekend Passengers116,100
Annual Passenger Trips81,270,253
Trains Scheduled per Weekday703
Trains Scheduled per Weekend459
Diesel Locomotives146
Trailer & Cab Coaches837
Multiple-Unit Electric Cars194
Legend of Abbreviations
BNSF Railway - BNSF
Electric District - Electric
Heritage Corridor - Heritage
Milwaukee District North - Milw-N
Milwaukee District West - Milw-W
North Central Service - NCS
Rock Island District - RI
SouthWest Service - SWS
Union Pacific North - UP-N
Union Pacific Northwest - UP-NW
Union Pacific West - UP-W

*All data excludes NICTD South Shore