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Service Updates and Alerts

Elimination of Ticket-by-Internet program
First Published - 04/27/2018 - 10:24AM

Due to declining internet ticket sales, Metra is eliminating the Ticket-by-Internet program – which includes recurring orders and one-time sales of Monthly Passes and 10-Ride Tickets on its website. The last day to purchase a Monthly Pass (July) via this program will be June 20 and the last day to purchase a 10-Ride Ticket will be June 30. This action is part of a continuing effort by Metra to identify ways to reduce expenses. Please see alternate purchasing options here.

Last Updated - 05/14/2018 - 3:06PM

Festival Season Alcohol Restrictions

During the festival season, Metra prohibits glass bottles and alcohol on trains after 7 p.m. or all day on specific dates. No smoking is allowed on any trains, in stations or within 15 feet of station and enclosed area entrances. If you are planning to use our service, please observe these restrictions. Underage drinking on Metra trains will not be tolerated.

Event Date Onboard Glass Container & Alcohol Restrictions

As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if coaches are crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available. Metra reserves the right to restrict alcohol on dates other than those listed above.

Special Information - Chicago Festivals and Events

The festivals and celebrations in Grant Park and the Lakefront bring many additional passengers to our trains. In the past, this has included some who were prone to excessive revelry.

Dates and restrictions are listed above. No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles will be allowed on Metra trains. Passengers on trains found with alcohol may be removed or arrested. All bags carried into the rail stations or onto the train will be subject to inspection by police personnel. Metra reserves the right to refuse service to any parties who are intoxicated or impaired. Unruly behavior will be not tolerated and all riders are required to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Those that fail to do so should anticipate that they will be detained and/or arrested.

Metra prides itself in providing safe and efficient transportation. To that end, Metra police officers and off duty municipal police will patrol stations and trains. We intend to maintain a safe travel environment for our customers.

Thank you for your cooperation and choosing Metra for your travel needs.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 3/11/2018 No Alcohol All Day
South Side Irish Parade 3/17/2018

No Alcohol All Day

*Rock Island District Only

Blues Fest 6/8/2018
6/9 - 6/10/2018
No Alcohol After 7 PM
No Alcohol All Day
Taste of Chicago 7/11-7/13/2018
7/14 - 7/15/2018
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day
Lollapalooza 8/2 - 8/3/2018
8/4 - 8/5/2018
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day
Air and Water Show 8/18 - 8/19/2018 No Alcohol All Day
Jazz Fest  8/30 - 8/31/2018
9/1 - 9/2/2018
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day 
New Year's Eve  12/31/2018 No Alcohol After 7pm 
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