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Metra and Business

Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM

Metra will begin operating an alternate weekday schedule on Monday, March 23, to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The alternate schedules can be viewed here. There will be changes for every line except the Heritage Corridor, which will operate its normal schedule. Where we are able to, we will maintain the number of cars on trains to allow for social distancing. On a line-by-line basis, Metra is monitoring ridership and may further reduce service to meet the ridership demands. The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed and/or ridership begins to return to normal. Metra will operate on regular weekend schedules. Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.

Last Updated - 04/01/2020 - 2:59PM

SBE

Metra’s Small Business Enterprise Program

On June 1, 2016 Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Community Relations (OBDCR) launched its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. The purpose of the SBE program is to assist small businesses and ensure they have a fair opportunity to participate on Metra projects. It is a set-a-side program designed to increase the number of competitively awarded contracts to small businesses, maximize contract opportunities, and minimize contract bundling.

Metra is encouraging all small businesses that qualify to complete the SBE verification process.

To qualify as an SBE, companies must:

  • Be an independently minority, or non-minority owned business;
  • For-profit business;
  • Personal net worth must not exceed $1.32 million; and
  • Meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standard, and not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts.

If you are currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with Metra or one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP)  members: Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago, you are  considered a SBE and do not have to complete the verification process. However, you must provide proof of DBE certification when submitting your bid.

Forms:

SBE Verification Application

SBE No Change Affidavit Form

SBE PNW Form

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