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Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM
  • At least at the start of June, Metra will continue operating the current alternate weekday schedules on all lines. Most Metra lines operating weekend service (except the Metra Electric) have temporarily changed to Sunday schedules for both Saturday and Sunday service. Saturday service on Metra’s SouthWest Service Line is suspended until further notice. The Metra Electric Line will continue to operate Saturday schedules on Saturdays and Sunday schedules on Sunday.
  • Metra is launching a new $10 All-Day Pass on June 1 and strongly encouraging customers to buy it in the Ventra app, giving them a “Touch Less, Pay Less” option to ride its trains safely and affordably. Click here for details.
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Last Updated - 05/28/2020 - 3:49PM

Board approves onboard camera purchase

(November 8, 2019) - 

The Metra Board of Directors today approved a $15.5 million contract to purchase and install cameras inside the commuter railroad’s passenger cars.

The contract was awarded to Railhead Corporation of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and includes the design, implementation and installation of a surveillance camera system capable of capturing video of all passenger seating areas and vestibules on a minimum of 400 railcars and a maximum of 700 railcars. Railhead was chosen for the project through a competitive bidding process.

“This project is not a response to any specific incident but is just another way we can use technology to augment onboard security,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “We’re always looking for ways to improve safety and security for our customers and employees.”

Metra currently plans to install nine cameras per railcar. The camera network will be similar to the system used on CTA trains and buses. The cameras will be connected to onboard DVR systems that will record and store the video. If there were an incident onboard a Metra train, the video could then be retrieved.

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