UP North Line weekday service to expand May 20 as new Peterson/Ridge Station opens

Publication Date
Monday, May 06, 2024

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Metra’s newest station at Peterson/Ridge in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood is set to open to the public on Monday, May 20. On the same day, Metra will add four trains to weekday service on the UP North Line. The new schedule will accommodate the station stop and increase options for riders across the line.

“We continue to monitor customer feedback and this new schedule shows that we are listening,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “In addition to the new trains, riders in Kenosha and Waukegan as well as reverse commuters will now have more options. The grand opening of our new station at Peterson/Ridge also provides another much-needed access point to our service.”  

The added trains, which begin service on May 20, address customer requests to fill gaps in rush hour service and reduce crowding on some rush hour trains. The schedule changes also increase the number of trains serving Waukegan and Kenosha and provide additional options for reverse commuters. Metra is also adjusting midday train departure times to accommodate the new stop at the new Peterson/Ridge Station and allow sufficient time for the train to be prepared for its next trip. Current riders should review the new schedule at metra.com.

New inbound Train #390 will depart Waukegan at 5:35 a.m. and make all stops to Chicago, arriving at 6:55 a.m. This new train specifically addresses customer requests to provide additional service during this time period. A second new inbound Train #392 will now depart Winnetka at 7:53 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 8:35 a.m., providing customers with a new option and relieving crowding.

For outbound service, Metra is adding a 6:40 a.m. departure serving stations between Chicago and Highland Park. For the evening rush, Train #393, which will serve stops between Chicago and Winnetka, is being added and will depart Chicago at 4:50 p.m. This train was added to the schedule to relieve crowding on other rush hour trains. Train #393 will also stop at Ravinia Park during concert season.

The UP North Line has experienced a strong ridership rebound since the pandemic, especially on weekends. Metra is examining opportunities to upgrade weekend service on the line and hopes to be able to announce additional schedule improvements later this year.

A copy of the new schedule can be found here.