Metra will offer early getaway service from downtown on Friday, Aug. 30 to help commuters get an early start on the summer’s last holiday weekend.
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, early departure schedules will be in effect for nine of Metra’s 11 lines. Most of these schedules include extra service prior to the regular 5 p.m. start of the rush hour, with the cancellation or modification of some later rush hour train schedules. A summary of the early getaway schedules can be found here and schedules for individual lines here.
“We want our customers to get as much extra fun out of summer as possible this holiday weekend,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “So, we’ve extended our $10 Weekend Pass to include Labor Day. Our Family Fares, which allow kids 11 and under to ride free with a fare-paying adult, will also be extended through the holiday weekend, making Metra the most affordable choice for fun in the city.”
The Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park, fireworks and a lobster festival at Navy Pier as well as the North Coast Music Festival at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island are just a few of the many events to enjoy over Labor Day weekend. Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass allows unlimited rides anywhere on our system. The pass, which is normally valid on Saturdays and Sundays, will also be available for travel on the Monday holiday. The pass can be purchased on board and through the Ventra App.
On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, Metra will operate all lines on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Metra’s SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor and North Central Service lines will not operate on Labor Day. Alcohol restrictions will also be in effect and no alcohol will be allowed on board Metra trains after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30 and all day Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.