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Metra and Business

Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM
  • Metra is operating an alternate weekday schedule until further notice to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • It is using its normal weekend schedules on lines that have weekend service.
  • The alternate weekday schedules, which can be viewed here, represent about half of Metra's normal weekday service but provide adequate service for those who still need to travel. There are changes for every line except the Heritage Corridor, which is operating its normal schedule. Where we are able to, we will maintain the number of cars on trains to allow for social distancing. The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed and/or ridership begins to return to normal.
  • Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.
Last Updated - 04/09/2020 - 10:35AM

DBE

Metra has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT),49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26. Metra has received federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation and as a condition of receiving this assistance, has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

What is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?

A DBE is a for-profit small business concern that is:

  1. At least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.  In the case of a corporation, in which 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and
  2. Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own the business.

Objectives of the DBE program:

  1. Encourage qualified firms to become DBE certified
  2. Provide access to Metra’s procurement opportunities to small and diverse businesses
  3. Assist in the growth and development of minority and female owned firms by building relationships with:
    • Vendor communities
    • Interest groups
    • Government agencies
  4. Provide outreach opportunities (vendor fairs, workshops and training)
  5. Contract compliance and monitoring
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