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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

Buy Tickets

Metra tickets for any line may be purchased at the downtown stations or at outlying stations where a ticket agent is on duty. On the Metra Electric Line, tickets at non-downtown stations are available through vending machines. All  Metra tickets can also be purchased on your Apple or Android smartphone with the free Ventra App, available in the App Store or Google Play.

Where no ticket agent or vending machine exists, passengers may board the train and purchase a One-Way Ticket with cash from the conductor. However, if an agent is on duty or a vending machine is available and you elect to purchase the ticket on the train, the conductor will charge an additional $5. Avoid the fee by using the Ventra App to buy tickets anytime, anywhere.

For more information on how to purchase the various types of Metra tickets, please see the table below:

  Ventra App Station with Ticket Agent Ticket Vending Machine Onboard the Train    
Monthly Unlimited Pass Yes Yes Yes -    
10-RideTicket Yes Yes Yes -    
One-Way Ticket Yes Yes Yes Yes*    
Weekend Pass Yes Yes Yes Yes    

 

*You will be charged an additional $5 surcharge for purchasing onboard the train if a ticket agent or ticket vending machine was available at your station of origin.

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