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Service Updates and Alerts

COVID-19 Information
First Published - 04/05/2021 - 5:27PM

Due to COVID-19, Metra trains are operating on alternate schedules that we will update regularly to meet increasing demand. For the latest schedules, click hereFor information about Metra's response to the pandemic, click here.

Last Updated - 04/05/2021 - 5:30PM

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 and e-scooters 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 3/14/2020 No Alcohol All Day
South Side Irish Parade 3/15/2020

No Alcohol All Day

*Rock Island District Only

Blues Fest

6/6 - 6/7/2020

No Alcohol After 7 PM
No Alcohol All Day

Taste of Chicago 7/8 - 7/10/2020
7/11 - 7/12/2020
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day
Lollapalooza 7/30 -7/31/2020
8/1 - 8/2/2020
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day
Air and Water Show 8/15 - 8/16/2020 No Alcohol All Day
Jazz Fest 

8/3 - 8/4/2020


8/5 - 8/61/2020

No Alcohol After 7pm


No Alcohol All Day

New Year's Eve  12/31/2020 No Alcohol After 7pm 
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