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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 COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Last Updated - 02/15/2021 - 2:32PM

The Signal

Welcome to The Signal, Metra's blog where you can learn more about the agency, our employees, stations and services. Each post will give our customers a deeper look at what makes Metra, one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, move. You'll find semi-weekly features on the diverse group of men and women who work at every level of our organization, the stations you pass by during your trip around Chicagoland and the people who sit next to you on your daily commute.

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(April 28, 2017) - Joe Sykes’ railroad ties run deep. A third generation railroader, he remembers taking his first train ride on Chicago’s L when he was 9 years old. And from the time he was 11 until he turned 18 he spent an hour nearly every... Read more
(April 14, 2017) - To some, a Metra train is merely a vehicle to transport them to and from their destination. To others, it’s an art studio on wheels. These dynamic riders are members of Urban Sketchers Chicago, which is part of an international... Read more
(March 31, 2017) - In the battle between a steel train wheel and a pile of leaves, the winner is not as clear-cut as it might seem. Leaves could cause a set of wheels rolling down the rails to slide rather than spin, creating a flat spot that could... Read more
(March 17, 2017) - When was the last time you thanked your conductor, ticket agent or engineer? This Friday and Saturday you have the perfect excuse. Metra is joining the RTA in celebrating Transit Employee Appreciation Day in honor of the... Read more
(March 3, 2017) - Bruno Zawisza has waited years to place a small silver plaque inside the vestibule of Metra Car 7476. The plaque distinguishes the car as one of 176 that the dedicated team of men and women at the 49th Street Car Shop along the... Read more
(February 17, 2017) - Locomotive engineer Jose Dominguez pulls back on the master controller to accelerate his Metra Electric train out of downtown Chicago.   Before he gets too far, fog rolls in, obscuring his view of a signal, the tracks and the... Read more
(January 20, 2017) - Eavesdrop on a conversation at a hospital, office or restaurant and you’re likely to hear a string of slang words that leave you wondering what was said. Conversations in the railroad industry are no different. Railroad... Read more
(January 6, 2017) - What’s in a name? To a group of leaders from the RTA’s Commuter Rail Service Board who gathered in April 1985, the identity of their fledgling agency rested in a name. Holding its first meeting less than a year earlier, the board... Read more
(December 16, 2016) -   A muffin can change a person’s life.   Just ask Hilary Verhaeghe, a Geneva resident who’s adopted a new identity because of a baked good. The 29-year-old esthetician is also known as the Muffin Lady, leader of The Muffin... Read more
(December 2, 2016) - The weather may be getting colder, but holiday festivities in Chicagoland are just warming up. For many, a trip downtown to see the sparkling lights and shop at holiday markets is an annual tradition. Metra provides an easy... Read more
(November 22, 2016) - As our commuters plan their trips to visit family and friends on Thanksgiving, Metra employees are also gearing up for the holiday. A few employees shared with us what they are thankful for this season. Todd Cabonor Todd... Read more
(November 18, 2016) - Metra provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 241 stations over 11 lines. In this feature of The Signal, we’ll introduce you to a new station each month. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Lisle Station along... Read more
(November 11, 2016) - Metra employs more than 150 veterans. They come from every branch of the military and work in every department at the agency. From those working to keep locomotives rolling, to those who make sure other employees comply with... Read more


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