CHICAGO — Beginning this weekend, Metra will offer special weekend excursions on its Heritage Corridor line for five Saturdays, designed to give passengers the opportunity to explore bike and hiking paths, festivals, restaurants, breweries, and other features of communities along the route.
The “Rails, Trails and Ales” excursions will provide two round trips each Saturday on the Heritage Corridor, which normally does not see weekend service. Trains will depart from Chicago Union Station at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with return trips leaving Joliet at 1:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Trains will make all intermediate stops in both directions. The trains will feature Metra bike cars to accommodate more cyclists.
“Fall is a great time in Chicago and we thought this special service would be a great way to help My Metra riders explore some areas that aren’t normally served by train on weekends,” Metra CEO and Executive Director Jim Derwinski said in a press release. “Bring your bike onboard and ride a bike path. Check out a weekend festival. Ride a zip line. There are scores of possibilities along the Heritage Corridor Line.”
Detailed schedules and a list of attractions accessible at each station are available here.