Metra will operate its regular Saturday schedule on Jan. 21 but will have expanded capacity on all lines to accommodate the expected higher ridership for the Women’s March on Chicago.
All lines that offer Saturday service will have extra capacity to handle the additional passengers, similar to the level of service offered during the busy summer festival season. Those lines include the UP North, Milwaukee North, UP Northwest, Milwaukee West, UP West, BNSF, Rock Island, SouthWest Service and Metra Electric lines. There is no Saturday service on the North Central Service and Heritage Corridor lines.
Because several platforms remain closed for construction on the north side of Union Station, limiting our ability to be flexible when adding capacity, the Milwaukee North and Milwaukee West lines each will have an extra scheduled outbound train. On the Milwaukee North an extra train will depart Union Station at 2:25 p.m., express to Glenview and then make all stops to Fox Lake. That train will be followed by the regularly scheduled 2:35 p.m. departure, which makes all stops to Fox Lake. The Milwaukee West will have an extra train that will depart Union Station at 1:50 p.m. and make all stops to Elgin except Grand/Cicero, Hanson Park, Mars, Mannheim and Big Timber.
Metra customers who are considering bringing their bikes on the trains are advised that due to the higher number of riders expected, a bicycle warning date will be in effect on Saturday. A warning date means that there is a greater likelihood that trains will be too crowded to accommodate bicycles.
Fare and schedule information for each line can be found on this website under "Maps and Schedules." For most riders, Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass, good for unlimited travel all day Saturday and Sunday, will be the best option. The pass can be purchased on the train, from a ticket office (although most are closed on weekends) and through the Ventra App, available for download in the App Store or Google Play.