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Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On weekdays, Metra is operating an alternate weekday schedule until further notice to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Those schedules have been adjusted for some lines, including the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service. A new schedule with additional weekday service began on the Metra Electric Line on May 18.
  • Per Gov Pritzker’s Executive Order, please wear a face covering while riding the train. Customers are required to wear a mask or face covering in public places when a six-foot social distance cannot be maintained. Help us keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
  • Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.


Last Updated - 05/20/2020 - 1:10PM

Cheer on Operation North Pole This Saturday

(December 7, 2016) - 

The Christmas spirit will be out in full force this Saturday, Dec. 10, as Operation North Pole (ONP) hosts its annual train ride to see Santa for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Metra urges families to become a part of this special event by lining the Union Pacific Northwest Line route between the Pingree Road Station in Crystal Lake and the Cumberland Station in Des Plaines to cheer on these children as they make their way to the North Pole for a visit and party with Santa at his workshop.

The event also marks their official unveiling of this year’s holiday-themed train wrap. The train is scheduled to depart Pingree Road at 12:10 p.m. and will pass through the communities of Crystal Lake, Cary, Fox River Grove, Barrington, Palatine and Arlington Heights before arriving at approximately 12:50 p.m. in Des Plaines.

ONP, a 501(c) (3) public charity, founded in 2009, is devoted to bringing the joy of the season to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families by providing a fun-filled day of respite, including the train ride, breakfast with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Santa at his workshop. This year, 71 families will depart on a chartered Metra train at 11:20 a.m. at the Des Plaines Metra Station (1501 Miner St.). Upon their return to Des Plaines, the families will be escorted to the Rosemont Convention Center, where Santa is waiting to host a special holiday party and visit to his workshop.

The charity has wrapped holiday themed train cars and a locomotive since 2011 and has once again partnered with the Village of Rosemont to wrap all cars and the locomotive.  The train will remain wrapped for the entire holiday season, delighting young and old as it whisks by on Metra’s Union Pacific lines. Metra and Union Pacific Railroad are proud to be contributing sponsors to this annual event. 

For more information on Operation North Pole’s work and how to contribute or participate go to:


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