Photography and Videography

For safety and security reasons, photography or videography on Metra property is only permitted in areas that are clearly open to public use.  Areas that are accessible only to Metra employees, including but not limited to, the right-of way and rail yards, are highly restricted areas and are not accessible for photography or videography by the general public.  Metra will prosecute trespassers to the fullest extent of the law.

Individuals seeking permission for all photographic and videographic opportunities should contact Metra at at least 45-60 business days prior to your proposed first shoot day, Monday-Friday, excluding Metra holidays.

Metra will evaluate your proposal. If your proposal is approved, you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of a License Agreement for Film and Video Productions which includes restrictions on use of Metra property and equipment, an indemnification provision, and insurance requirements. A location fee, fee for use of Metra equipment, location and services, Metra staff time are applicable and will be assessed. All applicable fees must be paid in full and insurance requirements must be met before you begin your activity on Metra property.

Submitting a proposal does not guarantee that Metra will issue an agreement for filming. Metra’s primary purpose is to provide safe, secure, reliable and clean transportation services to its passengers. Metra may, at its sole discretion, deny your request to prevent interference with Metra’s primary transportation responsibilities or because we feel it portrays Metra in a negative fashion or has security impacts on the operation.