Metra provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 241 stations over 11 lines. In this feature of The Signal, we’ll introduce you to a new station each month. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Lisle Station along the BNSF Line.
Welcome to the Lisle Station along the BNSF Line – also known as the “racetrack” – the busiest line of Metra’s 11. Lisle is the 10th busiest station in the entire Metra system, according to the
most recent customer data. Nearly 2,000 customers take Metra from the Lisle Station each weekday.
In this photo, an inbound Metra train headed to Chicago departs from the station. At the Lisle Station, inbound trains usually board on the south side of the tracks while outbound trains from Chicago usually board on the north side. The two are connected by an underground pedestrian tunnel that can be reached through shelters on either side of the tracks.
The shelter on the north side of the track at the Lisle Station. Travelers can access the pedestrian tunnel through this structure.
Ticket agent Reggie Jackson works at the ticket window of the Lisle Station, which is open from 5:35 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The station is ADA accessible.
Lisle is located in Fare Zone E. Tickets can be purchased at the station from 5:35 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on the Ventra mobile app, available in the App Store or Google Play. If the ticket agent is on duty, be sure to purchase your ticket before boarding to avoid a $5 surcharge for purchasing your ticket on the train.
Lisle is about 26 miles from Chicago, as indicated on this sign at the Museums at Lisle Station Park. The campus serves as a home to the community’s historic train depot, built in 1874. The depot is a short walk from the current station, as is Lisle’s vibrant downtown.
The Lisle Depot Museum was also the replacement depot that the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad built in 1874 after the first depot was destroyed by fire. It serves as the centerpiece of the Museums at Lisle Station Park.
Ivy covers the outside of one of the shelters at the Lisle Station, which sees nearly 60 trains each weekday.
The Lisle Station is flanked by a handful of parking lots with different guidelines. These lots are managed by the Village of Lisle. More information regarding parking at the station can be found by visiting the village’s website here.