Metra

Ride for free on Metra this weekend

Metra is offering free rides this weekend in an effort to encourage ridership throughout the year.

For the first time in its history, Metra will offer free rides for an entire weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, in an effort to boost weekend ridership and give its riders and area residents a pat on the back for coping with last week’s extreme cold.  

Metra to resume service Monday with modified schedule

Metra will resume service on the entire Metra Electric Line on Monday, but trains will run on a modified weekday schedule as the agency continues to repair damage caused by a freight train derailment.
 
Some trains have been canceled and others will make additional stops because damage from the derailment has limited operations to one track south of the Kensington station.

Metra Electric Line service to the South Suburbs remains suspended Sunday

Metra will run Electric Line service on Sunday between Millennium Station and Kensington/115th Street, but service south of Kensington, including to Homewood and Flossmoor, will remain suspended as the agency continues to repair damage caused by a freight train derailment.  

Metra Electric Line service suspended Saturday

Metra announced Friday that it will extend its cancellation of  Electric Line service through Saturday, Feb. 2.

Metra cancels Electric Line service on Friday

Metra is canceling service on the Electric Line, which serves Homewood and Flossmoor commuters, on Friday, Feb. 1, due to damage to the line’s overhead power system caused by a freight train derailment and cold weather.

Friday will be the third consecutive day without service. Trains did not operate Wednesday or Thursday because extreme cold temperatures caused numerous line problems.
 

Metra announces service interruption this weekend

Metra announced Monday that travel on the Electric Line will be affected this weekend by work on the 41st Street Bridge project that will require a seven-hour power shut down.

Several stations will be closed from 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, to 6 a.m. on  Sunday, Nov. 4, including Van Buren, Museum Campus, 18th Street, McCormick Place, 27th Street and 47th Street.  

No Metra fare increase in 2019

Metra announced on Wednesday, Sept. 12, that there will not be a fare increase in 2019. The commuter railroad will spend the year highlighting the need for more public aid and sounding the alarm about the system’s deterioration and possible downsizing if that aid does not materialize.

Metra to stop selling monthly, 10-ride tickets from Electric Line machines

Metra announced that on June 20 monthly passes and 10-ride tickets will no longer be available at 15 non-downtown stations on the Electric Line, including Homewood and Flossmoor, due to a surge in fraudulent purchases being made from those machines.

Metra construction to affect Electric Line schedule April 26-29

Metra's Electric Line schedule will be affected April 26-29 by a construction project. 

The schedule changes will allow workers to complete the installation and testing of a new signal and switching system just north of the Museum Campus/11th Street Station. The work could delay Metra Electric and South Shore trains up to 10 minutes from about 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29.

Schedule changes coming to Metra Electric Line as part of Positive Train Control program

Metra will be changing the schedule on the Metra Electric Line during the evening rush period beginning April 23.

The electric line serves communities from Chicago to University Park, including Homewood and Flossmoor.

The changes are being made to provide increased train spacing in preparation for the implementation of the Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system.

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