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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

Upgrades planned for McCormick Place Metra Station

(March 15, 2017) - 

Metra today announced plans to work with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) to implement improvements to the Metra Electric Line train station that serves the McCormick Place Convention Center.

The project includes the addition of more visible signage to direct customers to and from the station, the redesign and renovation of the waiting room and new lighting and enhancements to the platform area. The work is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2017.

MPEA plans to convert the existing waiting area space to a business-class waiting room with modern seating, charging stations, Wi-Fi and upgraded flooring. Metra will install digital signage and a sound system to allow customers to hear train announcements without having to travel to the platform area below.

“Together, we recognize the need for some improvements to make the station more inviting, especially for the thousands of conventioneers who stay at hotels near Millennium Station,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “It takes one six-car Metra train to transport the same number of people that 20 buses can carry. Our service has served McCormick Place well in the past and we expect ridership to increase dramatically in the years to come.”

“The McCormick Place Metra Electric Station serves as a gateway to the City of Chicago for people from around the nation and the world,” said MPEA CEO Lori T. Healey. “With the new McCormick Place Hotel and Wintrust Arena opening this fall, we expect the demand for safe, quick and convenient train service to continue to grow.”

When a major trade show or convention is at McCormick Place, the Metra Electric Line can serve thousands of additional customers per day. Longstanding shows continue to include Metra service as a part of their transportation plan. In 2016, those shows generated nearly 37,000 trips and more than $126,000 in fare revenue.

Longer term, Metra is exploring the addition of a crossover track south of the station that would increase the capacity for train service between McCormick Place and Millennium Station, allowing Metra to provide additional rapid transit service when warranted.

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