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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

Bikes and E-Scooters on Trains

Bikes and electric scooters ("e-scooters") are permitted on weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:31 a.m. and after 9:30 a.m., departing Chicago before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m., and on all weekend trains. The Ventra mobile app and printed schedules indicate which trains allow bikes. Trains that allow bikes also will allow e-scooters. Small folding bikes and folding e-scooters are always allowed on any train.

Standard sized bikes and e-scooters can be accommodated in the priority seating area of each ADA-accessible railcar. Up to five bikes or e-scooters are allowed per accessible diesel railcar and two bikes are allowed per Metra Electric car, all of which are accessible. An ADA symbol on the outside of the railcars indicates accessibility.  


Bikes on Trains
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Gasoline-powered bicycles or vehicles of any kind are not permitted on any trains. Tricycles, tandems, trailers, bulky attachments or training wheels are also prohibited. Bikes and e-scooters are not to exceed 70 inches and are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, and those with mobility devices always receive priority. There is no guarantee that bikes or e-scooters can be accommodated on an initial or return trip (including late-night trains), and crews have the right to refuse bikes or e-scooters in the event of overcrowding or depending on the needs of customers with disabilities.

During special events, there is an increased likelihood that bikes and e-scooters cannot be accommodated. Warnings are in place for these annual events:

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Blues Festival
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Lollapalooza
  • Air and Water Show

Notice of any additional bike and e-scooter warning dates will be published at

Cyclists and e-scooter users should allow passengers (including those with mobility devices) to board and detrain prior to carrying a bike on or off the train. Once on board, cyclists and e-scooter users must secure their bike or e-scooter to the lower railing of the folding seat with a bungee cord or other device that the they provide and accompany their bike or e-scooter at all times.

How-To Guidance

Additional Info

  • During an emergency in which a train needs to be evacuated, customers must leave their bikes or e-scooters on the train.
  • In the case that cyclists or e-scooter users are required to get off the train before their destination, reimbursement will be based on the fare product used for that trip.
  • Train crews are not required to assist with the boarding of bikes or e-scooters - their primary responsibilities are for passenger safety and assisting those with disabilities. Bicyclists and e-scooter users must be able to board and detrain without assistance from conductors.
  • The wheelchair lift cannot be used to load or unload bikes or e-scooters.
  • There is no additional charge for bikes or e-scooters.
  • Bikes and e-scooters should be free of dirt and grease prior to boarding.


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