CHICAGO — Commuter operator Metra will add 18 trains — nine inbound and nine outbound — to its Union Pacific-West schedule on Monday, Dec., 5 while also adjusting to a “memory schedule” offering more consistent arrival and departure times in off-peak periods.
Metra will make minor changes to its UP North schedule on the same date.
“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,” Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski said in Tuesday’s announcement of the pilot schedule. “We are greatly encouraged by the growth in ridership so far this year and are happy that we are able to expand service on the UP-West Line to provide commuters with another option as winter sets in.”
The new schedule will include a new express train making limited stops to and from Glen Ellyn, Ill.; peak-period service with trains every 10-20 minutes at Elmhurst and points west, 30 minutes or less at Berkeley and points east, and Oak Park every 10-25 minutes.
The new schedules are available here. Metra says it will monitor customer feedback and make adjustments as necessary.
Adjustments to the UP North schedule will include added stops for six trains at Kenilworth and Indian Hill and stops at Evanston Main Street and Evanston Central Street to one afternoon train at the request of riders who reverse commute. Morrning schedules are also being adjusted to include additional stops at those stations, and schedules at other stations have been adjusted on the affected trains. The new UP North schedules are available here.