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.
December 02, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is a combined meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers annual meeting.
The full agenda will be available soon. It will include a presentation by MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish, on the Phased Network Approach.
The meeting location is walking distance from the new Dearborn, MI railroad station.
November 03, 2017
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will hosting a panel on the Phased Network Approach as part of the National Association of Railroad Passengers' 50th Anniversary conference.
November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
We will visit Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin, traveling by high speed train and transit. We will strive to meet with both high-speed train operators and the public transit operators in each of the cities. And, of course, we will mix in a little tourism.
Please call the Society of International Railway Travelers at 502-897-1725 if you have any interest in joining us.