Let Metra be your ride to this year’s Chicago St. Patrick’s Day and South Side Irish parades. Metra will be adding extra service to each event on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, making it easier than ever to give up on fighting traffic and let us do the driving.
Due to the expected high ridership, customers are advised to purchase tickets prior to boarding on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. At downtown terminals, Metra personnel will be checking tickets and requiring ticket purchases prior to boarding.
The organizers of Chicago’s 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade strongly recommend taking public transportation to the event. To make that an even more attractive option, Metra will be offering extra trains, including some express service, on seven of its 11 lines on Saturday, March 16. On Sunday, March 17, the South Side Irish Parade will mark its 40th year marching down Western Avenue through the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods. Metra’s Rock Island Line will also offer extra service to the 103rd Street/Beverly Hills and 111th Street/Morgan Park stations, which are within walking distance of the parade route. Details about the extra service for both events are available here.
“Riders know the value of taking Metra to city events and that’s why we’re happy to provide extra service,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Our Weekend Pass and Family Fares make Metra the most affordable, smart and safe choice for anyone planning to go to the parades and celebrate one of Chicago’s favorite holidays.”
Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass allows unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday. The pass can be purchased at stations with open ticket offices, with cash onboard the train or via the Ventra App, which can be downloaded for free from 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 are asked to not bring backpacks or water bottles on the trains all weekend. Alcohol is banned on all trains on Saturday, and on all Rock Island trains on Sunday. Trains on all lines may not be able be able to accommodate bicycles all weekend due to crowding. Customers should also expect slower boarding at stations due to increased passenger loads and train crews taking extra time to ensure everyone’s safety.