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Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM

Metra will begin operating an alternate weekday schedule on Monday, March 23, to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The alternate schedules can be viewed here. There will be changes for every line except the Heritage Corridor, which will operate its normal schedule. Where we are able to, we will maintain the number of cars on trains to allow for social distancing. On a line-by-line basis, Metra is monitoring ridership and may further reduce service to meet the ridership demands. The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed and/or ridership begins to return to normal. Metra will operate on regular weekend schedules.

Last Updated - 03/23/2020 - 8:32AM

Operations and Ridership Data

Metra oversees all commuter rail operations in northeastern Illinois region, with responsibility for day-to-day operations, fare and service levels, capital improvements and planning. The Metra system is comprised of 11 separate lines radiating out from Chicago’s Loop, and serves more than 100 communities at 242 rail stations.


Weekday Ridership and Service Levels (July 2018- June 2019)

  Route Miles # of Trains Avg. Weekday Ridership
BNSF 37.5 97 63,000
Metra Electric
(University Park, Blue Island, South Chicago)
40.6 155 28,100
Heritage Corridor (Joliet) 37.2 7 2,600
Milwaukee North (Fox Lake) 49.5 63 22,100
Milwaukee West (Elgin) 39.8 58 20,600
North Central Service (Antioch) 52.8 20 5,600
Rock Island (Joliet, Blue Island) 46.6 68 26,900
SouthWest Service (Manhattan) 40.8 30 9,600
Union Pacific North (Kenosha, WI) 51.6 70 34,600
Union Pacific Northwest (Harvard, McHenry) 70.5 65 40,100
Union Pacific West (Elburn) 43.6 59 27,900
Total 487.5 692 281,100

Metra Statistics

Farebox Recovery (2019 Budget) 53.1%
2018 On-Time Performance 94.8%
Route Miles 487.5
Track Miles 1,155
Average Weekday Passengers 281,100
Average Weekend Passengers 93,200
2018 Annual Passenger Trips (millions)


Trains Scheduled per Weekday 692
Trains Scheduled per Weekend 454
Diesel Locomotives 168
Trailer & Cab Coaches 854
Multiple-Unit Electric Cars 186

*All data excludes NICTD South Shore

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