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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


Metra's purchasing functions are handled through Materials Management, which is comprised of three departments:

  • Materials and Services Procurement

    Purchases materials, equipment, and various services.

  • Construction and Facilities Maintenance Procurement

    Procures goods and services related to construction, facilities maintenance and other infrastructue projects.

  • Professional Services Procurement

    Contracts for architectural and engineering, IT, and other professional services.

Material and Stores

Material and Stores is responsible for the day-to-day activities related to the receipt, storage, distribution and replenishment of Metra's physical inventory.

Annual Procurement Plan

The Procurement Plan, updated quarterly,  identifies potential contracting opportunities for goods and services anticipated by Metra Departments such as Engineering, Mechanical, Fleet and Facility Management, Finance, Information Systems and Materials and Stores. This document also includes information about vendor registrations and how Metra ensures that small, minority and women-owned businesses have equal opportunity to receive and participate in Metra contracts.

Review Metra’s Annual Procurement Plan here.

Create a My Metra for Business Account to download Invitations for Bids and Requests for Proposals from this website.


My Metra for Business

Creating a My Metra for Business Account allows you to:

  • Download IFBs and RFPs from this website.
  • Receive email notifications of updates on active IFBs and RFPs that were downloaded.
  • Access your account containing recently downloaded files and active IFBs and RFPs.
  • Manage your contact and active IFB/RFP information.  


Metra Vendor Registration

Register as a Metra vendor to be included in our Vendor Database for products, services and construction opportunities.

Completing the online Vendor Registration form allows you to:

  • Select the products and services your business provides from Metra's Class Code Index.
  • Receive email notification of active IFBs and RFPs for the products and services you selected.
  • Manage your vendor information and the products and services selected. 

** For assistance , call 312-542-8357 and leave a recorded message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible during normal business hours.

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