Metra is switching to alternate schedules beginning Monday, March 23
Metra Media Relations 312-322-6776
Service represents about half the normal weekday schedule
CHICAGO (March 19, 2020) – Metra will begin operating an alternate weekday schedule on Monday, March 23, to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. It will operate its normal weekend schedules this weekend on lines that have weekend service.
The alternate schedules, which can be viewed on
, represent about half of Metra’s normal weekday service but provide adequate service for those who still need to travel.
Metra is encouraging all riders to use the Ventra app for tickets because it requires less interaction with conductors. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
The reduction in service will also give Metra a greater opportunity to clean its cars, concentrating on disinfecting high-touch areas such as handrails, door handles and seats, because we will need fewer trainsets for service.
This past weekend, Metra began bringing on extra crews on weekends to do additional cleaning and disinfecting of our cars and locomotives. Metra also brought in extra crews to clean and disinfect downtown stations.
Metra will continue to monitor this situation and stay in touch with federal, state and local health authorities. We hope all our customers stay safe and healthy.
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