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Metra oversees all commuter rail operations in northeastern Illinois region, with responsibility for day-to-day operations, fare and service levels, capital improvements and planning. The Metra system is comprised of 11 separate lines radiating out from Chicago’s Loop, and serves more than 100 communities at 242 rail stations.

Weekday Ridership and Service Levels

  Route Miles # of Trains Avg. Weekday Ridership
BNSF 37.5 97* 63,000*
Metra Electric
(University Park, Blue Island, South Chicago)
40.6 155* 28,100*
Heritage Corridor (Joliet) 37.2 7* 2,600*
Milwaukee North (Fox Lake) 49.5 63* 22,100*
Milwaukee West (Elgin) 39.8 58* 20,600*
North Central Service (Antioch) 52.8 20* 5,600*
Rock Island (Joliet, Blue Island) 46.6 68* 26,900*
SouthWest Service (Manhattan) 40.8 30* 9,600*
Union Pacific North (Kenosha, WI) 51.6 70* 34,600*
Union Pacific Northwest (Harvard, McHenry) 70.5 65* 40,100*
Union Pacific West (Elburn) 43.6 59* 27,900*
Total 487.5 692* 281,100*
*Numbers are pre-COVID-19      

 

Other Metra Statistics

2020 On-Time Performance 96.5%
Route Miles 487.5
Track Miles 1,155
Average Weekday Passengers 281,100*
Average Weekend Passengers 93,200*
Trains Scheduled per Weekday 692*
Trains Scheduled per Weekend 454*
Diesel Locomotives 163
Trailer & Cab Coaches 855
Metra Electric Cars 186
*Numbers are Pre-COVID-19