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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.

Last Updated - 03/23/2020 - 8:32AM

Reverse Commute Market

While Metra’s core business is and will continue to be that of serving the traditional commuters (those traveling from the suburbs to jobs in Chicago’s Central Business District), in striving to maximize ridership and revenue potential, we also continue to cultivate and build upon secondary markets. Among these is our reverse commute segment, which comprises about 7% of Metra’s average weekday ridership, or about 22,000 average daily reverse commute trips. This important market segment can be served at little or no additional operating cost, because the train equipment is simply being repositioned to make another inbound trip to the city for traditional commuters. 

Click here to view an introductory booklet that provides an overview of how Metra addresses reverse commute market opportunities and the conditions that best posture this overall market.  In addition, the booklet defines the criteria for success for connecting bus service to support this important market.

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