Metra schedules under COVID
What schedules are in use ?
Metra trains on all lines are operating on alternate schedules viewable here. Saturday service is suspended on the SouthWest Service Line. (The line does not have Sunday service, and the Heritage Corridor and North Central Service do not operate on either weekend day.)
As ridership grows, we are adding cars to trains and trains to the schedule to allow for passengers to physically distance as much as and as long as possible.
Metra aims for trains that are no more than about half full. We've created a Ridership Dashboard to help riders know how crowded trains have been.
What’s the safest way to pay my fare?
While Metra accepts cash as payment for fares at ticket windows and on trains, we strongly encourage passengers to buy their tickets with the Ventra app to limit interactions between crews and passengers. Checks are no longer accepted on trains.
A new $6, three-zone Day Pass is available only in the Ventra app. In addition, the $10 all-zone Day Pass remains available only in the Ventra app. Both passes give you a “Touch Less, Pay Less” option to ride trains safely and affordably. Day Passes expire after seven days, so don’t buy them too far in advance.
Do I need to wear a face covering to ride the train?
Masks are welcome but not required while traveling on Metra trains. They remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. We are asking everyone to please be courteous and kind toward your fellow riders and understanding of their needs and choices. This has been a difficult period for everyone – let’s all do what we can to help each other on the way back. Unless you are traveling with family or friends, we are asking you to physically distance as much as possible. And please stay in your seat and do not crowd the aisles or vestibules.
Yes, there is room for riders to spread out on the train and keep their distance from other customers. As ridership grows, we are adding cars to trains and add trains to the schedule to allow for passengers to physically distance as much as and as long as possible.
Are there hand sanitizers on the trains?
Yes. we installed two additional touchless hand sanitizer dispensers on each car.
Are cars disinfected every day?
Yes. Metra cleans and disinfects all high-touch areas (such as seats, seat handles, armrests, door handles, handrails, vestibule posts and handholds) as frequently as possible, at least once a day. We also continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect toilets and toilet areas at least once a day.
You can breathe easy knowing Metra cars use hospital-grade MERV-13 filters to capture airborne particles and clean the air. And the air is going to get even better – we will soon begin installing a new high-tech air filtration and purification system on its cars. Read more about that new system here. Cars also have fresh air dampers that circulate the air and ventilate the cars to improve air quality and safety. The air on a Metra car is recirculated every 4 minutes.
We are cleaning Metra-maintained stations multiple times a week, paying special attention to disinfecting high-touch surfaces. We have also asked the municipalities or other entities that maintain the stations in their communities to do the same.
Is it safe to ride public transportation?
Yes. Since the pandemic began, Metra has provided millions of rides, and not a single case of infection has been traced back to riding our trains. But don't take our word for it: Studies have shown no correlation between transit use and infection rates. Read one here.