Major Changes Coming to the Metra Electric
- The new schedule will feature 20 minute headways between Hyde Park and downtown. This is a new type of service for Metra that goes beyond their traditional commuter-oriented schedule to reach a larger market. If successful, we believe it could be applied to other Metra routes.
- Mainline stations between Hyde Park and Kensington see an increase from 2 hour headways to hourly.
- The improved headways on the mainline are achieved at the cost of service on the branch lines.
- All weekend service on the Blue Island Branch is eliminated.
- Saturday trains make all stops on the mainline, adding time to the schedule.
- It does not correct the structural problems of the service. Fares remain too high for short distance trips and there is a lack of coordination with CTA & Pace buses.
The Metra Electric District was built as a rapid transit line with level boarding, electrified trains, dedicated tracks and closed stations. As a member of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric, we have been working for an improved Metra Electric that takes advantage of this asset by:
- Running trains every 10-15 minutes on all the Metra Electric District lines;
- Integrating fares and schedules across Metra, Pace and the CTA using the Ventra card with a transfer discount;
- Extending Metra Electric service from the south suburbs/south side to O’Hare Airport via McCormick Place and Union Station.