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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


Monthly permit and daily fee parking is available at most train stations. However, Metra does not manage parking at most stations. Rather, the municipality in which the station is located usually manages the lots; each has different parking rules and regulations. Information about parking at each station, including maps and parking contact information, can be found at the bottom of each station's webpage.
  • A list of stations by line can be found here.
  • An alphabetized list of stations can be found here.
If there is no phone number listed, that means that there is only on-street parking or there is no parking available.

SP+ Parking

Parking lots not operated by municipalities or their vendors generally are operated by SP+ Parking.  SP+  offers both daily and monthly parking options to meet Metra riders' parking needs. A list of parking lots operated by SP+ Parking can be found here.

SP+ Parking locations accept the following payment methods:

Daily Parking – Cash payments deposited into pay stations or payment box at time of parking. Daily parkers can also use the Parkmobile App.

Monthly Parking – Register online and manage your account via the SP+ Parking website.

Online Payment - The most convenient and timely form of payment for monthly parking is made online here. To make a payment simply enter your “Account Number” and “PIN.” in the Customer Login section on the page.  If you need assistance, please contact or call 888-578-7275.

Pay-by-Phone – An alternative method of payment for monthly parking is Pay-by-Phone.  To register, simply call 888-578-7275 or download the App for iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile 7. Then, each time you park, make your payment by calling the toll-free number or accessing the app.  Enter the location number and space number and you’re done.  Register here.

Stored Value Debit Cards – purchase at designated locations valid for Central Parking Metra locations only.

If you have parking related questions and need assistance, please contact Customer Care at 888-578-7275 or email us at

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Many municipalties that operate parking near Metra stations use the PassportParking app for parking payments. Skip the meter and pay from the comfort of the train. Pay for parking with your phone by downloading the PassportParking app or paying online here.

For more information and a list of locations, click here.

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