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Metra and Business

Most lines to operate with modified Sunday schedules through June 7
First Published - 05/31/2020 - 9:22PM

Through Sunday, June 7, Metra will be operating a modified Sunday schedule with the last late night inbound train and last late night outbound train cancelled. There will be no service on the SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor or North Central Service lines. Riders are advised that more trains could be cancelled during the day depending on circumstances; we will be closely monitoring events and our priority will be the safety of our passengers, employees and our system. Please pay attention to this website for the latest updates.

Sunday schedules can be viewed on these timetables: Metra Electric   Rock Island    BNSF     UP West   Milwaukee District West    Milwaukee District North    UP North     UP Northwest (the last train on the UP Northwest Line will leave downtown at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11:30 p.m.)

We hope to be able to expand service to our alternate schedules posted here next week if possible.

Last Updated - 06/03/2020 - 4:21PM

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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