Metra will run extra service on Aug. 18 and 19 to accommodate those attending the 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show.
“Our customers know the value of taking Metra to summer events like the Air and Water Show, and we’re happy to help them avoid the hassles of driving and parking,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Plus, the $10 Weekend Pass and Family Fares program make Metra a very affordable choice.”
Metra will provide extra trains on four of its 11 lines and expand passenger capacity on other lines to accommodate the large number of people planning to attend the nation’s largest free air and water show. A summary of the expanded service is attached to this release. Full schedules for each line are available on our website at metrarail.com.
Families can save money on a trip to the city with Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass, which provides unlimited rides on Metra Saturday and Sunday. Plus, up to three children 11 and under are able to ride free with each adult through Labor Day. Purchasing Metra tickets has also never been easier with the Ventra App which allows you to buy Metra tickets right from your smartphone. Download it from the App Store or Google Play. For more information or to plan your trip, visit our website metrarail.com.
Once you arrive downtown, a variety of travel connections provide easy access to the lakefront. Customers disembarking at Chicago Union Station or Millennium Station can board the CTA’s #151 bus to Oak Street and North Avenue beaches. The CTA’s #151 bus also stops within walking distance of Ogilvie Transportation Center and LaSalle Street Station. CTA bus schedule and route information can be found at the CTA’s website. Our west loop stations also have water taxi service and all downtown stations are steps from Divvy bike stations. Our rideshare partner, Uber, offers another option to get from your train station to the event. If you’re new to Uber, download the app, request a ride and a driver will arrive in minutes. Enter promo code METRA2018 for your first ride free up to $15. This offer is not valid on uberCAB.
Metra customers should be advised that alcoholic beverages and glass containers will not be allowed on trains all day on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 18 and 19). Bicycle warning dates also will be in effect throughout the event, meaning that due to higher than normal ridership, it is likely that that trains will not be able to accommodate bicycles on board.
Find more information about the Chicago Air and Water Show at cityofchicago.org.