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Metra adds trains for Blues Fest and Spring Awakening

(June 7, 2017) - 

Metra will make it easier for Chicago music lovers to attend Blues Fest and Spring Awakening this weekend by adding extra trains on four of its most heavily traveled lines on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10. Other lines will add cars to trains to increase capacity.

Heavier-than-normal ridership is expected on all Metra lines throughout the weekend as Chicago hosts the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park, the largest free blues festival in the world, and Spring Awakening in Chicago’s Addams/Medill Park, a festival featuring some of the world’s top electronic dance music acts.

“We want music fans flocking to Chicago this weekend to be able to relax and focus on enjoying these festivals, not traffic and parking,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “Metra is a fast, easy and convenient way to get to and from Chicago, and our extra trains make it even easier.”

Getting To and From Downtown Chicago

Metra will offer extra service on its BNSF and Union Pacific North, Northwest and West lines on Friday and Saturday and extra capacity on Sunday. Most other Metra lines will have extra cars all weekend. You can find the schedules here

On Friday, June 9, BNSF will offer an additional inbound afternoon train and two additional late night outbound trains. On Saturday, BNSF will offer four extra inbound trains in the late morning to afternoon and two extra late evening departures from Chicago.

On both nights, BNSF will also hold one of its regularly scheduled outbound trains for a later departure. On Friday, Train 1299, normally the 11:40 p.m. departure, will depart at 11:59 p.m., and on Saturday, Train 1323, normally the 10:40 p.m. departure, will depart at 11 p.m.

The Union Pacific North, Northwest and West lines each will have one additional late night departure from Ogilvie Transportation Center on both Friday and Saturday night to accommodate the music fans departing from the events. On Saturday, the Union Pacific West and Northwest lines will both offer an additional early evening departure from Chicago. 

Getting To and From the Festivals

Both festivals are located near downtown Chicago, with Millennium Park within walking distance of all five downtown Chicago train stations: Chicago Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, LaSalle Street Station, Millennium Station and Van Buren Street Station. Addams/Medill Park is easily accessible through Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) connections.

Metra’s rideshare partner, Uber, offers another option to take you between the train station and the festivals. If you’re new to Uber, download the app, request a ride, and a nearby driver will arrive in minutes. Enter promo code METRA2017 for your first ride free up to $15. This offer is not valid on uberCAB.

For your biggest savings, take advantage of Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass. Offering unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday, the pass can be purchased on the train or via the Ventra App, which you can download at the App Store or Google Play. As always, with Family Fares, up to three kids 11 and under can ride free with each adult.

Customers should note that alcohol will be banned from all trains after 7 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Customers are also advised that due to the anticipated crowds Friday through Sunday, Metra trains may not be able to accommodate bicycles. More information Metra’s alcohol and bicycle polices is available at

For complete schedule information, visit or call the RTA Travel Information Center at 312-836-7000 and visit the RTA Trip Planner at


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