Metra will make extra stops on the Rock Island Line for those attending the South Side Irish Parade on Sunday, March 11 and offer extra service on several lines to accommodate those attending Chicago’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17.
“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.”
On March 11, some trains on the Rock Island Line will make extra stops at 103rd and 111th for the South Side Irish Parade. Details about this service are available here.
On March 17, Metra will provide extra trains and/or expand seating capacity on eight lines to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend the downtown parade. Extra service schedules for each line are available here.
All Metra customers should be advised that alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on Rock Island Line trains on March 11 and on all trains on March 17. In addition, due to the expected high ridership, there is an increased likelihood that Metra will not be able to accommodate bicycles on Rock Island trains on March 11 and on all trains on March 17. Customers should also expect slower boarding at stations due to increased passenger loads and train crews taking extra time to ensure everyone’s safety.
For your biggest savings, take advantage of Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass. Offering unlimited rides, the pass can be purchased with cash on 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.
And don’t forget about Metra’s rideshare partner, Uber.
“Uber is proud to team up with Metra to make it even easier for residents to leave their cars at home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. Uber and Metra ensure friends and family can focus on the parades, not the parking lot,” said Uber Chicago General Manager Brian Moloney. “By taking Metra, rideshare, or some combination, Uber and Metra are encouraging Chicagoans to enjoy the festivities safely, whether you’re consuming corned beef sandwiches or green beer. New users can download the Uber app and use promo code METRA18 for $15 off their first ride.”