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Metra adds early afternoon service Thanksgiving eve, BNSF Line offers extra Black Friday service

(November 22, 2019) - 

Metra will modify schedules on most lines Wednesday, Nov. 27, to help customers get an early start on their Thanksgiving plans.

“Thanksgiving is a time meant to be spent with family, and we want to make it as easy as possible for Metra customers to get home to their loved ones and start holiday preparations,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski.

Trains have been added, combined or canceled as part of Wednesday’s schedule. The full list of changes can be found here.  

On Thanksgiving Day, trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, which means there will be no service on the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines. Regular weekday service will resume the Friday after Thanksgiving to accommodate Black Friday shoppers, with the exception of Metra’s BNSF Line. The BNSF Line will operate additional inbound service on Friday and adjust the schedule for some outbound afternoon trains. The modified schedule can be found here.

In addition to the modified service the night before Thanksgiving, Metra is making travel for the holiday and for Black Friday shopping even more affordable by offering a special $10 unlimited ride holiday pass for use on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The regular $10 Weekend Pass will be available for Saturday and Sunday. Mobile versions of both passes are available on the Ventra App, available for free in the App Store or Google Play.




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