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Service Updates and Alerts

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

Festival Season Alcohol Restrictions

During the festival season, Metra prohibits glass bottles and alcohol 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 Onboard Glass Container & Alcohol Restrictions

As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles and e-scooters if coaches are 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.

Special Information - Chicago Festivals and Events

The festivals and celebrations in Grant Park and the Lakefront bring many additional passengers to our trains. In the past, this has included some who were prone to excessive revelry.

Dates and restrictions are 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 rail 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 will be detained and/or arrested.

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

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade 3/14/2020 No Alcohol All Day
South Side Irish Parade 3/15/2020

No Alcohol All Day

*Rock Island District Only

Blues Fest

6/5/2020
6/6 - 6/7/2020

No Alcohol After 7 PM
No Alcohol All Day

Taste of Chicago 7/8 - 7/10/2020
7/11 - 7/12/2020
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day
Lollapalooza 7/30 -7/31/2020
8/1 - 8/2/2020
No Alcohol After 7pm
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 - 8/61/2020

No Alcohol After 7pm

 

No Alcohol All Day

New Year's Eve  12/31/2020 No Alcohol After 7pm 
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