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Metra is expanding its services as more passengers return to Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Due to the fact that more passengers are returning to offices in Chicago, Metra is expanding its schedule on weekdays for the Northwest UP Line (UP-NW) and several schedule changes on the Northwest UP Line (UP-N.)

The new schedules will begin on Monday, April 25th.

For the new UP-NW schedule the service will increase with an additional 21 trains for a total of 66. That’s more than 45 trains. According to Metra, most of the southern trains will now arrive in Chicago at 10 a.m., which, according to the railway agency, will improve communication with other UP lines.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stated that Metra is committed to adjusting its schedule to meet the growing number of passengers and the changing needs of our riders,” said Metra CEO / CEO Jim Derwinsky. “We are very encouraged by the growth in the number of travelers this year and we are pleased to welcome those who return and new My Metro».

Metra’s new schedule has been changed to better suit riders “with early shifts and return trips”. That means the first train to Chicago will be at 5:32 p.m. The first train to depart from Chicago is at 5:05 p.m.

For UP North the schedule will be another morning departure and another evening train to Kenosha.

Click here for more information on alternative schedules and other news from Metra.

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