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Coronavirus information
First Published - 06/07/2020 - 2:04PM

Metra trains are operating on alternate weekday and weekend schedules posted here, with no weekend service on the North Central Service, Southwest Service, Heritage Corridor and the Blue Island Branch of the Metra Electric Line. For all other information relating to Metra's response to the pandemic, click here.

Last Updated - 08/10/2020 - 12:04PM

Most weekend service to switch to Sunday schedules

(May 5, 2020) - 

Effective Saturday, May 9, most Metra lines operating weekend service except the Metra Electric will temporarily change to Sunday schedules for both Saturday and Sunday service. Saturday service on Metra’s SouthWest Service Line will be suspended until further notice. The Metra Electric Line will continue to operate Saturday schedules on Saturdays and Sunday schedules on Sunday.

Click on the links below to see the timetables for the lines, including the Sunday schedule.

Rock Island    BNSF     UP West   Milwaukee District West    UP Northwest     Milwaukee District North    UP North

The changes are being made in response to extremely low ridership across the Metra system due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide stay-at-home order. Metra’s Sunday schedules typically provide train service every two hours.

In addition, Metra has decided to further reduce service on its SouthWest Service Line to Manhattan by temporarily eliminating Saturday service. The line does not normally operate on Sundays. SouthWest Service customers may be able to use the Rock Island Line as an alternative.

During its April Board meeting, Metra outlined a preliminary estimate that it will lose about $535.5 million in fares and sales tax revenue in 2020 and 2021 due to this crisis. There are many assumptions built in to that estimate that are certain to change. Metra is expecting about $480 million in federal relief aid.

All trains will have enough cars for customers to be able to practice social distancing, and Metra will be prepared to add trains when ridership begins to return to normal.

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