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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

Alcohol Restrictions

During the festival season, Metra prohibits alcohol and glass bottles on trains after 7 p.m. or all day on specific dates. No smoking is allowed on any trains, in stations or within 15 feet of station and enclosed area entrances. If you are planning to use our service, please observe these restrictions. Underage drinking on Metra trains will not be tolerated.

Event Date Alcohol and Glass Container Restrictions

South Side Irish Parade

3/15/2020 No Alcohol All Day (Rock Island Line Only)
St. Patrick's Day Parade
3/14/2020 No Alcohol All Day

Blues Fest


6/6 - 6/7/2020

No Alcohol After 7 p.m.

No Alcohol All Day

Taste of Chicago

7/8 - 7/10/2020

7/11 - 7/12/2020

No Alcohol After 7 p.m.

No Alcohol All Day


7/30 - 7/31/2020

8/1 - 8/2/2020

No Alcohol After 7 p.m.

No Alcohol All Day

Air and Water Show 8/15 - 8/16/2020 No Alcohol All Day
Jazz Fest

8/3 - 8/4/2020

8/5 - 8/6/2020

No Alcohol After 7 p.m.

No Alcohol All Day

New Year's Eve 12/31/2020 No Alcohol After 7 p.m.

As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bikes and e-scooters onboard if the train is crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available. Metra reserves the right to restrict alcohol on dates other than those listed above.

During the dates and restrictions listed above, no alcoholic beverages or glass bottles will be allowed on Metra trains. Passengers on trains found with alcohol may be removed or arrested. All bags carried into the train stations or onto the train will be subject to inspection by police personnel. Metra reserves the right to refuse service to any parties who are intoxicated or impaired. Unruly behavior will be not tolerated and all riders are required to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Those that fail to do so should anticipate that they may be detained or arrested.

Metra prides itself in providing safe and efficient transportation. To that end, Metra Police officers and off-duty municipal police patrol stations and trains. We intend to maintain a safe travel environment for our customers.

Thank you for your cooperation and for choosing Metra for your travel needs.

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