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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

SBE

Metra’s Small Business Enterprise Program

On June 1, 2016 Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Community Relations (OBDCR) launched its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. The purpose of the SBE program is to assist small businesses and ensure they have a fair opportunity to participate on Metra projects. It is a set-a-side program designed to increase the number of competitively awarded contracts to small businesses, maximize contract opportunities, and minimize contract bundling.

Metra is encouraging all small businesses that qualify to complete the SBE verification process.

To qualify as an SBE, companies must:

  • Be an independently minority, or non-minority owned business;
  • For-profit business;
  • Personal net worth must not exceed $1.32 million; and
  • Meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standard, and not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts.

If you are currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with Metra or one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP)  members: Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago, you are  considered a SBE and do not have to complete the verification process. However, you must provide proof of DBE certification when submitting your bid.

Forms:

SBE Verification Application

SBE No Change Affidavit Form

SBE PNW Form

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