Metra To Expand Rail Service

by Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times

April 8, 2022

CHICAGO – Metra to expand rail service on its UP Northwest Line and UP North Line starting April 25th.

Metra has announced that it will “significantly” expand weekday service on its UP Northwest Line and modification to its UP North Line.

“We have said since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that Metra is committed to adjusting its schedules to meet growing ridership and our riders’ changing needs.  We are greatly encouraged by the growth in ridership so far this year and we are happy to be welcoming returning riders and new ones to My Metra.” Metra CEO Jim Derwinski said in a statement.

According to Metra, the new UP-NW schedule will add 21 weekday trains to the current 45 scheduled.  In addition, Metra will modify schedules to offer more “. . . consistent service patterns and departure times, making the schedule easier for customers to understand and memorize. Most midday trains will now arrive in Chicago on the 10s, allowing better connections with other UP lines.”

Metra’s UP North Line schedule will also be modified in which “the schedule is being adjusted to add one more morning departure from and one more evening train to Kenosha. Train 310 will now depart Kenosha at 6:38 a.m. In the evening, Train 351, the 4:32 p.m. departure from Chicago, will provide service to Kenosha arriving at 6:02 p.m.”