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Metra and Business

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

Advertising Opportunities

We offer a variety of opportunities featuring effective advertising space. Unlike radio, TV, newspapers or magazines that also feature ads for other products, on many Metra materials, your message will be the only one seen by thousands of passengers.

Below you will find a wide selection of mediums on which to advertise. For program parameters and capabilities in greater detail, please contact the individual listed next to each opportunity. 

Downtown Stations, Outlying Stations and Train Advertising

All train and station advertising for Metra is handled by Clear Channel Outdoor. For more information, contact Tony Dailey - 773-843-2071

Metra Market at Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) Advertising

Reach one of Chicago’s most sought-after commuter audiences as well as visitors to the Chicago French Market at the OTC Suburban Concourse. For more information contact Connor Riley at

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Train Wrap Advertising

Looking for a completely different way to get your message to your target market? Try wrapping a train. As the sole advertiser, your message will be the only one seen by those riding the train and those watching as the train rolls by. For more information, contact Tony Dailey - - 773-843-2071

Station Sampling

If you’re introducing a new product, what better way to do so then by putting a sample directly in the hands of your potential customers? Hundreds of thousands of commuters pass through Metra stations every weekday, and through our Station Sampling program, you can reach each one of them. For more information, contact Tony Dailey - - 773-843-2071. All station sampling requests are subject to approval.

Banner Display Ads

Metra provides an efficient way for local businesses to connect with visitors to Metra’s website. Metra has partnered with Municipal Media Solutions to give businesses the opportunity to display banner ads on Metra pages, as well as on our mobile optimized website. We also welcome regional and national advertisers. For more information, email, or call Bob Hoyler at 847-922-1584.

Listed below are some other opportunities handled in-house. Click here to see a rate card.

Train Schedule Booklets

Reaching a wide audience is vital to business today and now Metra offers you the opportunity to direct your advertising message to a prime consumer base - Metra train riders.  Individual rail line schedules are printed in minimum quantities of 25,000. These schedules are reused by commuters and shared by co-workers, families, students, and visitors and are distributed at Metra stations, libraries, village/city offices and other public places, as well as numerous private businesses reaching thousands of people each year. Eleven different commuter rail schedules are printed, with a total of over two million schedules printed every year. An attractive feature is that advertisers can purchase space for a particular line or for multiple rail line schedules. For more information, contact Michael Abbate via email at or call 312-322-6741.

On the Bi-Level Commuter Newsletter

Metra’s popular On the Bi-Level newsletter is distributed on trains and posted on Metra's website every month. It is read by tens of thousands of riders and reaches some of the Chicago area’s savviest consumers. For details about advertising in the newsletter, please contact


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