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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

Metra adds trains for Spring Awakening

(June 5, 2019) - 

Metra will make it easier for music fans to attend Spring Awakening in Hoffman Estates this weekend by adding or altering service on the Milwaukee District West and UP Northwest lines.

The festival will offer free shuttles between the Elgin Station on the Milwaukee District West Line and the Barrington Station on the UP Northwest Line. In anticipation of the large crowds, Metra has added an extra train on the Milwaukee District West Line that will depart from Elgin at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7; Saturday, June 8; and Sunday, June 9.

On Saturday, the UP Northwest Line will hold its regularly scheduled last inbound departure from Harvard until 10:20 p.m., with an 11:03 p.m. departure from Barrington.  

Full schedule information can be found here.

Customers should note that alcohol will be banned from all trains on all lines after 7 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Customers are also advised that due to the crowds expected Friday through Sunday, Metra trains may not be able to accommodate bicycles.


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