Metra regularly conducts project studies to ensure ongoing efficiency. Please refer to our completed studies, feasibility studies, and current projects below for more information. 

Current Project Studies

Completed Project Studies

Between 2005 and 2012, Metra completed Alternatives Analysis (AA) studies for four potential New Starts projects, the Union Pacific West Line Upgrade, the Union Pacific Northwest Line Upgrade, the SouthEast Service, and the Suburban Transit Access Route (STAR) Line. The final reports from the AA studies are linked below:

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies are studies that Metra has conducted over the years to explore potential extensions of existing lines or expansion of the system into new lines. The various studies below examine the feasibility of constructing and operating a service from an engineering and operations perspective and examines whether a project is technically viable.