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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. Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.

Last Updated - 04/01/2020 - 2:59PM

Travel Guides

Flexible schedules and convenient connections make Metra, the Chicago area's commuter rail system, great for family travel to recreation and fun.

Our 10-Ride Ticket can be shared by people riding together. On weekends, our $10 Weekend Pass is good for unlimited rides on all Metra lines. And our Weekend Family Fares allow up to 3 children age 11 and under to ride FREE on Metra with each adult. You can use your Monthly Pass, 10-Ride Ticket or you can purchase either a One-Way Ticket or Weekend Pass.

For Metra and CTA fare and schedule information, call the Travel Information Center at 836-7000 from city and suburban area codes.

Email us at Metra with your mailing address and we'll send you your FREE travel toolkit that includes our easy-to-use Travel Guide, which gives travel information from our downtown terminals to Chicago attractions, and a schedule for the line nearest your home. With our travel toolkit, you'll have everything you need to plan a hassle-free day of fun in the city.

Links to travel guides for Metra's downtown stations are below:

Union Station

LaSalle Street

Millennium Station

Ogilvie Transportation Center

Chicago Visitor Information

For information regarding Chicago events and attractions, please call the Chicago Office of Tourism at 312-744-2400, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. To request an Official Chicago Visitor’s Guide, visit To see a listing of free days at some of Chicago’s award-winning museums click here.

CTA Visitor Pass

The CTA 1-day Visitor Pass costs $10 and allows unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. Passes can be purchased online at or at nearly 1,300 retail locations, including drug stores and currency exchanges.

Divvy bike sharing features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations located throughout Chicago and near all downtown Metra terminals. Bikes are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Click here for details.

In warmer weather, try fast, affordable and fun connections between Chicago’s top tourist destinations aboard water taxis. Chicago Water Taxi and Shoreline Water Taxi offer convenient transportation options.

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