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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

Reverse Commute Market

While Metra’s core business is and will continue to be that of serving the traditional commuters (those traveling from the suburbs to jobs in Chicago’s Central Business District), in striving to maximize ridership and revenue potential, we also continue to cultivate and build upon secondary markets. Among these is our reverse commute segment, which comprises about 7% of Metra’s average weekday ridership, or about 22,000 average daily reverse commute trips. This important market segment can be served at little or no additional operating cost, because the train equipment is simply being repositioned to make another inbound trip to the city for traditional commuters. 

Click here to view an introductory booklet that provides an overview of how Metra addresses reverse commute market opportunities and the conditions that best posture this overall market.  In addition, the booklet defines the criteria for success for connecting bus service to support this important market.

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